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No one ever talks about what happened …
Summer 1971, Del Munro, a single mother of four, is struggling to make ends meet when Mother Franklin, a traveling evangelist, offers to take her daughters to the beach in Savannah.
But what seemed like a blessing soon turns into a nightmare when the girls are pressed into service by the morbidly obese Mother Franklin whose needs are as outsized as her ambitions.
When the girls fail to return, Del, evasive about the details of her arrangement with Mother Franklin, panics. People begin to wonder if instead of sending her daughters on vacation, she sold them to the evangelist.
Author: Avery CaswellPublication date: September 15, 2021Trade Paper, 6x9, 281p, List: $16.99ISBN: 978-1-952816-55-0Fiction/ African American / Historical / Biographical / Family Life / Siblings
“...a riveting and deeply moving story... a stunning debut by an important talent.”
—Abigail DeWitt, author of
News of Our Loved Ones
“A haunting, disturbing journey through an America of misplaced hope and overvalued faith, and of surprising redemption. With gentle humor and a profound appreciation for the marginalized lives of her characters, Avery Caswell illuminates the America that’s alongside us, and which many of us rarely acknowledge.”
—Arthur J. Magida, author of
Code Name Madeleine