My Kind of Town: Charleston, South Carolina

Novelist Josephine Humphreys says the city is more than just her hometown, it’s her life

Moviemakers love the old houses with side porches (Aiken-Rhett House, c. 1820) and palmetto-lined streets, says Josephine Humphreys. (Bernard Boutrit / Woodfin Camp / IPN)
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Remarkable coincidences sometimes happen when you're ready for them. One week ago I took a break from writing about Charleston to go browsing for books, and I saw a new calendar for sale, one that illustrates each month with a sepia-toned photograph from History. The cover photo caught my eye. A suspiciously nostalgic picture, I thought, and therefore maybe not trustable. Girls on a bench...sassy pals, full of confidence, not realizing what lies ahead or even that anything does lie ahead. It took me more than a few seconds to understand that this was a picture of me, circa 1952. I'm sitting on the bench in Washington Park with my old friend Pat and a younger girl I don't recognize. It's a photograph I'd never seen before. I bought the calendar and showed it to my family. My husband says it could be me, my sister says not, but I'm saying I'm sure of it. I'm saying that was me.

Josephine Humphreys' novels include Nowhere Else on Earth and Rich in Love.

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