Ann Walling grew up in Nashville, Tennessee, in the 1940s and 50s in a family with deep roots in Mississippi and a history tightly bound to the Old South. To a small girl's sensibility, her family's lavish Sunday dinners were a liturgy that reinforced strict Southern mores she was taught never to question. But lurking behind the fine china were troubling contradictions, racial injustice, and tightly guarded family secrets. Told with clear-eyed empathy, Sunday Dinner is the remarkable story of a young woman's moral awakening amidst a society's painful reckoning with its history. The book poignantly outlines the struggle that each one of us faces in deciding which aspects of our past we must embrace, and which aspects we must leave behind.
Ann Walling is a native of Nashville, Tennessee. She was born to a prominent Mississippi clan of wonderful storytellers with long memories and a history tightly bound to thatof the region over the past two centuries. Her undergraduate degree is from VanderbiltUniversity. She earned her MA in theology from Scarritt College. In 2000, shebecame an ordained Episcopal priest and served for ten years asassistant to therector of St. David's Episcopal Church in Nashville. She was afounding member of The Low Country Water Project, an activist organization whose mission wasto bring municipal water serviceto the native residents of Hilton Head Island, SC. Four children, two boys and two girls, call her Mama. Now retired, shespends her time keeping up with her three grandchildren and training her fourdogs.