Stephanie Powell Watts won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for her short-story collection We Are Taking Only What We Need. Her novel, No One Is Coming to Save Us, was the inaugural American Library Association selection by Sarah Jessica Parker and the winner of a 2018 NAACP Image Award.
I have wanted to visit this house for years. Like many North Carolina kids, I grew up with the broad strokes of Thomas Wolfe’s story, the prolific, small-town genius who became one of the most revered writers of his generation. I lived in North Carolina for most of my life, but I never took the opportunity to visit. Not enough money, not enough time, too much to do: that’s an old story, I know, and a true one. It is also true that we seldom value the places where we live, not enough anyway.