On this day in 1940, one of my favorite authors, Carson McCullers (from Columbus, Georgia) published her first novel The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter.
The Heart is often cited as one of the great masterworks of the Southern Gothic genre for its exploration of spiritually isolated outcasts in the American South. McCullers' primary message, however, is a universal one. As expressed by Tennessee Williams, "Carson's major theme is the huge importance and nearly insoluble problems of human love."
The misfits who populate McCullers' novels (The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, The Member of the Wedding and The Ballad of the Sad Cafe) are so compellingly real that I often think about them as if they are actual people I know personally today, rather than fictional characters I became acquainted with over 30 years ago.
If you haven't had the pleasure of reading McCullers, I recommend her wholeheartedly.
3/4 cup of sugar, separated into 3 parts of 1/4 each food coloring
plastic baby (available at most party stores)
Separate the cinnamon rolls and roll them out by hand so that they look like hot dogs. Then attached them by pinching the ends together into one long roll and shape into an oval by closing the ends together with another pinch. Place on a cookie sheet. Cook as directed.
While it is cooking, use food coloring to dye sugar. Make one part purple using blue and red, one part green, and one part gold using yellow.
When the cake is finished cooking, ice the top with the white icing. Then sprinkle the different colors of sugars alternating as you go around the oval. Place the baby inside the cake after it cools. Enjoy!!