Icie Jones, born in upstate South Carolina just after the Civil War ended, tells her story and those of the people around her through journal entries.
You Don’t Have to Tell Everything You Know is historical fiction based on Isamar Woods Jones McGee, who was born in upstate South Carolina into a second family in 1865, one month after the Civil War ended.
Her life is a product of unsettled times, family dynamics, and the human condition. She tells her story and those of the people around her through journal entries, which she annotates and amends in her final days.
Her travels take her down the Savannah River and to the 1901 Charleston Exposition where she meets Beautiful Jim Key, billed as the world’s smartest horse, and a young Nancy Columbia, the Inuit star of stage and screen in the early 1900s.
Isamar’s life and times offer a fascinating, often funny, sometimes complex testament to the joys and sorrows of the human heart—regardless of era. You Don’t Have to Tell Everything You Know attempts to find meaning in the randomness of life — a butterfly wing, a war, a Bible verse, a chance meeting — the stuff of one’s own story.