Inthe tradition of jeanette walls’ theglass castle and sara gruen’s Water for Elephants, the mentally ill poet Erin Taylor, novelist Minrose Gwin offers a beautifullycrafted memoir of rediscovering her mother, after a life of growing up with her in the South.
The Queen of Palmyra: A Novel P.S.William Morrow Paperbacks #ad - The most powerful and also the most lyrical novel about race, racism, and denial in the American South since To Kill a Mockingbird. Lee smith, author of on agate hill “Exquisitely beautiful… The novel grips the reader from its first page and relentlessly drives us to its conclusion. William ferris, author of give my poor heart ease: voices of the mississippi blues An atmospheric debut novel about growing up in the changing South in 1960s Mississippi in the tradition of Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees and Kathryn Stockett’s The Help.
In the words of jill mccorkle going away shoes, “Minrose Gwin is an extremely gifted writer and The Queen of Palmyra is a brilliant and compelling novel. ”.
Promise: A NovelWilliam Morrow #ad - Bruised and nearly drowned, virgil, and promise, she makes her way across Tupelo to find her small family—her hardworking husband, Dreama, her clever sixteen-year-old granddaughter, Dreama’s beautiful light-skinned three-month-old son. Slowly navigating the broken streets of Tupelo, Dovey stops at the house of the despised McNabb family.
In the aftermath of a devastating tornado that rips through the town of tupelo, mississippi, at the height of the Great Depression, two women worlds apart—one black, the other a teenager—fight for their families’ survival in this lyrical and powerful novel“Gwin’s gift shines in the complexity of her characters and their fraught relationships with each other, their capacity for courage and hope, one white; one a great-grandmother, coupled with their passion for justice.
Jonis agee, bestselling author of The River WifeA few minutes after 9 p. M. Drawing on historical events, minrose gwin beautifully imagines natural and human destruction in the deep South of the 1930s through the experiences of two remarkable women whose lives are indelibly connected by forces beyond their control.
Promise: A Novel #ad - When jo later discovers a baby in the wreckage, she is certain that she’s found her baby brother, Tommy, and vows to protect him. During the harrowing hours and days of the chaos that follows, Jo and Dovey will struggle to navigate a landscape of disaster and to battle both the demons and the history that link and haunt them.
On palm sunday, not counting an unknown number of black citizens, a massive funnel cloud flashing a giant fireball and roaring like a runaway train careened into the thriving cotton-mill town of Tupelo, 1936, April 5, Mississippi, killing more than 200 people, one-third of Tupelo’s population, who were not included in the official casualty figures.
When the tornado hits, a local laundress, Dovey, is flung by the terrifying winds into a nearby lake.
The Accidentals: A NovelWilliam Morrow Paperbacks #ad - As she watches over the birds in her yard, Olivia feels like an “accidental”—a migratory bird blown off course. When olivia becomes pregnant again, compelling Grace, she makes a fateful decision, June, and Holly to cope in different ways. Following the death of their mother from a botched backwoods abortion, the mcalister daughters have to cope with the ripple effect of this tragedy as they come of age in 1950s Mississippi and then grow up to face their own impossible choices—an unforgettable, beautiful novel that is threaded throughout with the stories of mothers and daughters in pre-Roe versus Wade America.
Life heads down back alleys, takes sharp left turns. Then, one fine day it jumps the track and crashes. In the fall of 1957, and her husband, mississippi, Olivia McAlister is living in Opelika, June and Grace, caring for her two girls, Holly. Filled with tragedy, joy, humor, the accidentals is a poignant, and the indomitable strength of women facing the constricted spaces of the 1950s and 60s, timely novel that reminds us of the hope and consolation that can be found in unexpected landings.
The Accidentals: A Novel #ad - June, guilt-ridden for her part in exposing Grace’s pregnancy, eventually makes an unhappy marriage. While their father digs up the backyard to build a bomb shelter, desperate to protect his family, Olivia’s spinster sister tries to take them all under her wing. But the impact of olivia’s decision reverberates throughout Grace’s and June’s lives.
She dreams of living a much larger life--seeing the world and returning to her wartime job at a landing boat factory in New Orleans.
The Sisters of Glass FerryKensington Books #ad - Kim michele richardson writes with an authentic Southern voice straight out of Kentucky, well graveled, rough with moonshine, and damn near irresistible. Joshilyn jackson, new york Times bestselling author of gods in Alabama and The Almost Sisters. The sisters of glass ferry is bountifully written—a place fully realized and packed with characters you won’t soon forget.
David joy, author of the weight of this world“The Sisters of Glass Ferry peels back the layers of a small town to reveal a labyrinth of long-buried secrets and dangerous lies. Flannery is the only person Honey Bee ever entrusted with his recipes before he passed on, swearing her to secrecy as he did so.
The Sisters of Glass Ferry #ad - An emotionally resonant tale of secrets, regret, and absolution that held me spellbound. But flannery is harboring other secrets too, about her twin sister Patsy, older by eight minutes and pretty in a way Flannery knows she’ll never be. Richardson has a knack for layering a landscape with secrets, for slowly revealing what’s hidden until suddenly you find what you've been chasing sitting in the palm of your hand.
Then comes the prom night when Patsy—wearing a yellow chiffon dress and the family pearls—disappears along with her date. Richardson delivers a gripping, hauntingly atmospheric Southern Gothic tale that stayed with me long after I turned the last page. Karen abbott, new york times bestselling author of liar temptress soldier Spy“This heart-rending, lovely family drama spans sixty years and four generations, peeling back the layers of a small town to reveal a labyrinth of long-buried lies and a wealth of dangerous secrets suspended between three families.
The Outcast Girls: A completely heartbreaking and gripping World War 2 historical novelBookouture #ad - Will frieda and sandra ever be reunited with their loved ones? And will the two handwritten letters bound their way hold news of happiness… or heartbreak?Readers are losing their hearts to The Outcast Girls:‘Wow. But when war breaks out and her brother Alf is sent to fly bombers, she’s completely alone.
1943: when sandra and frieda’s paths cross in the remote countryside, each girl finds a home at last. So well worth the stars, and loved it all to the end. Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars‘a captivating and emotional wartime saga which pulls on your heartstrings right from the first page… Mesmerising. Stardust book review, 5 stars‘I loved it!
. A beautifully written story that pulls at your heart strings. Written with so much love! while this is my first book by this author it won’t be my last!’ Goodreads Reviewer‘Heartbreaking and poignant… Best read with a box of tissues handy as this book is sure to make readers tear up and up again.
The Outcast Girls: A completely heartbreaking and gripping World War 2 historical novel #ad - Bookish jottings‘outstanding… what a page-turner this beautifully written, heart-wrenching story… This is a real tug-at-your-heartstrings book. Chapter chatter pub, 5 stars‘I can honestly say I loved it. Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars‘Impossible to put down… I unquestionably loved this book. Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars‘I didn’t want to put it down!
Beneath the Apple LeavesKensington Books #ad - The soil is slow to yield and their farmhouse is in disrepair. But there is one piece of beauty in this rugged land. From the author of daughter of australia comes a sweeping, heartfelt historical novel that follows a family of German immigrants who trade city living for the harsh realities of Pennsylvania farm life.
In 1914, andrew houghton’s family is one of hundreds eking out an existence in the coal mines of southwestern Pennsylvania. Wilhelm kiser, a german immigrant, has found his American dream in Pittsburgh, with a well-paying job as a brakeman, and a secure pension. With andrew in tow, they swap their three-story row house for a rough-and-tumble farm.
Beneath the Apple Leaves #ad - Life in rural Pennsylvania is not as idyllic as Eveline imagined. Lily morton is quick-witted and tough on the outside, but bears her own secret scars inside. Though he longs to be a veterinarian, he’s fated for a life underground, picking rock alongside his father. That destiny changes when his aunt, Eveline Kiser, arranges for her husband to secure Andrew an apprenticeship on the railroad.
Andrew’s bond with her will help steer them through all the challenges to come, even as anti-German sentiment spreads across America with the outbreak of World War I. Beneath the apple leaves is a vivid, deeply moving portrait of family—its hardships, triumphs, and passions—and a powerfully authentic evocation of life on the land and the hearts that sustain it.
Praise for daughter of australia“a stunning debut novel that evokes the epic scope of Colleen McCullough’s classic The Thorn Birds, Harmony Verna creates a poignant, beautifully told story of love and courage.
Tomorrow's BreadKensington Books #ad - But locals like pastor ebenezer polk, who’s facing the demolition of his church, know the value of Brooklyn does not lie in bricks and mortar. And loraylee, searching for a way to keep her family together, will form new alliances—and find an unexpected path that may yet lead her home. Generations have lived, and died here, loved, supporting and strengthening each other.
Yet street by street, longtime residents are being forced out. Self-contained and vibrant, theaters, schools, it has its own restaurants, churches, and night clubs. There are shotgun shacks and poverty, along with well-maintained houses like the one Loraylee Hawkins shares with her young son, Hawk, and her grandmother, her Uncle Ray, Bibi.
Loraylee’s love for archibald griffin, Hawk’s white father and manager of the cafeteria where she works, must be kept secret in the segregated South. Loraylee has heard rumors that the city plans to bulldoze her neighborhood, claiming it’s dilapidated and dangerous. The government promises to provide new housing and relocate businesses.
Tomorrow's Bread #ad - From the author of the acclaimed the dry grass of August comes a richly researched yet lyrical Southern-set novel that explores the conflicts of gentrification—a moving story of loss, love, and resilience. In 1961 charlotte, north carolina, the predominantly black neighborhood of Brooklyn is a bustling city within a city.
Searching for Mercy Street: My Journey Back to My Mother, Anne SextonCounterpoint #ad - New york times notable book: a “beautifully written” memoir by the daughter of the brilliant, troubled poet Detroit Free Press. Anne taught linda how to write, how to see, how to imagine—and only Linda could have written a book that captures so vividly the intimate details and lingering emotions of their life together.
Searching for mercy street speaks to everyone who admires Anne Sexton and to every daughter or son who knows the pain of an imperfect childhood. Sexton forcefully communicates the fear, and sorrow that filled her childhood, as well as the agony of her own mental breakdown and her terror of becoming like her mother, neediness, repulsion, in lucid and vivid prose.
Searching for Mercy Street: My Journey Back to My Mother, Anne Sexton #ad - The boston globe “a candid, often painful depiction of a daughter’s struggles to come to terms with her powerful and emotionally troubled mother. The new york Times. This is an honest, unsparing account of the anguish and fierce love that bound a difficult mother and the daughter she left behind. Growing up with anne sexton was a wild mixture of suicidal depression and manic happiness, inappropriate behavior and midnight trips to the psychiatric ward.
Linda sexton was twenty-one when her mother killed herself, remembers, and now she looks back, and tries to come to terms with her mother’s life.
The Purchase: A NovelAnchor #ad - Winner of canada's 2012 governor general's award for fiction in this provocative and starkly beautiful historical novel, a Quaker family moves from Pennsylvania to the Virginia frontier, where slaves are the only available workers and where the family’s values and beliefs are sorely tested. Although determined to hold on to his quaker ways, daniel becomes the owner of a young boy named Onesimus, setting in motion a twisted chain of events that will lead to tragedy and murder, and despite his most dearly held belief that slavery is a sin, forever changing his children’s lives and driving the book to an unexpected conclusion.
A powerful novel of sacrifice and redemption set in a tiny community on the edge of the frontier, who must find her own way; and Mary, Ruth, the eldest child, this spellbinding narrative unfolds around Daniel’s struggle to maintain his faith; his young wife, who is bound to a runaway slave by a terrible secret.
The Purchase: A Novel #ad - Darkly evocative, The Purchase is as hard-edged as the realities of pioneer life. In 1798, recently widowed and shunned by his fellow quakers when he marries his young servant girl to help with his five small children, Daniel Dickinson, moves his shaken family down the Wilderness Road to the Virginia/Kentucky border.
Its memorable characters, are compellingly human, drawn with compassion and depth, with lives that bring light to matters of loyalty and conscience. This ebook edition includes a reading group guide. .
The Bookshop of the Broken HeartedG.P. Putnam's Sons #ad - Newly arrived from hungary, artistic, Hannah is unlike anyone he's ever met--she's passionate, and fiercely determined to open sleepy Hometown's first bookshop. Recently abandoned by an unfaithful wife--and still missing her sweet son, Peter--Tom dares to believe that he might make Hannah happy. But hannah is a haunted woman.
Despite the fact that tom has only read only one book in his life, the two soon discover an astonishing spark. Twenty-four years earlier, she had been marched to the gates of Auschwitz. Perfect for fans of the little paris bookshop and the tattooist of Auschwitz, The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted cherishes the power of love, literature, and forgiveness to transform our lives, and--if we dare allow them--to mend our broken hearts.
The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted #ad - Full of insight into the nature of tragedy, love, and redemption. Garth stein"a poignant journey of unthinkable loss, love, and the healing capacity of the written word. Ellen keithit is 1968 in rural Australia and lonely Tom Hope can't make heads or tails of Hannah Babel. Can one unlikely bookshop heal two broken souls?"Beautifully written.