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Virginia Teacher’s New Fiction Celebrates Non-Standard English

Beverly Taylor’s “Hideaway” Characters Honor the Urban Tongue

Silver Spring – WEBWIRE
“Hideaway” by Beverly Taylor
“Hideaway” by Beverly Taylor

I was driven to use the non-standard language of the Southern folk

Beverly Taylor, an elementary education specialist in Richmond, VA believes that prose doesn’t always need to be grammatically correct. She proves it in her new collection of 13 fictional chronicles, “Hideaway,” to be published in April 2019.

An an eBook version is available at a pre-release discount at Amazon ( Named after the mysterious town, the stories delve into the spiritual upheavals and unexpected violence of the town’s neighbors.

“Since I created a mysterious town with one church, four houses on each side and a mythical Mama tree, I was driven to use the non-standard language of the Southern folk,” says Taylor. “Their idioms and grammatic twists help me to combine beauty and mystery.” See video at

Says publisher Barry Beckham: “I was immediately captivated by the main character Betteen’s use of idiomatic phrases and off-standard pronunciations. Beverly Taylor’s magnetically engaging style reminds me of the gnomic tradition at its best—and especially of writers Jean Toomer and Amos Tutuola. Like those masters, her work combines beauty and mystery.”

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