NC Literary Hall of Fame



Flat Broke with Two Goats by Jennifer McGaha

$15.99, paperback / $15.19, e-book / $29.99, audiobook
ISBN: 978-1492655381
January, 2018
Nonfiction: Memoir
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"Flat Broke with Two Goats is a funny, moving and unflinchingly honest reckoning. Reduced by desperate circumstances, Jennifer and her husband find themselves living a life that echoes the hardscrabble Appalachian ways of their grandparents. This sweet miracle of a memoir tells the story of a struggling couple who have to lose their house, and just about everything else, to find home."
—Tommy Hays, author of The Pleasure Was Mine

Just as the Great Recession was easing in some parts of the country, Jennifer McGaha experienced an economic crisis of epic proportions. Her home was in foreclosure; she had $4.57 in the bank; and worst of all, she had recently discovered that she and her accountant husband owed four years of back taxes to the state of North Carolina and the IRS. And then things got really bad…

Flat Broke with Two Goats takes readers on a wild adventure from a Cape Cod-style home in the country to a hundred-year-old, mice-infested, snake-ridden cabin in a North Carolina holler. With self-effacing humor and unflinching honesty, Jennifer chronicles the joys and difficulties of living close to nature, and in the process she comes to discover the true meaning of home.

Pushcart Prize nominee Jennifer McGaha is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Her writing has appeared in The Good Men Project, PANK, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Baltimore Fishbowl, Your Impossible Voice, and The Brooklyner, among other publications. An experienced teacher and workshop facilitator, she holds an MA from Western Carolina University and an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. In her free time, when she is not milking goats or whipping up a batch of soap, she can be found hiking and biking the trails and backroads of her native Appalachia.

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