In 1969, Dixie Dupree is 11 years outdated and already knowledgeable liar. occasionally the lies are for her mama, Evie’s sake—to clarify away a bruise because of her quick-as-lightning mood. and occasionally the lies are to spite Evie, who longs to depart her unsatisfied marriage in Perry County, Alabama, and go back to her cherished New Hampshire. yet for Dixie and her brother, Alabama is domestic, a spot of pine-scented breezes and scorching, languid afternoons.
Though Dixie is studying that the relatives she as soon as believed was once satisfied has deep fractures, even her vibrant mind's eye couldn’t concoct the occasions approximately to spread. Dixie documents every little thing in her diary—her mom and dad’ fights, her father’s consuming and his unexplained departure, and the coming of Uncle Ray. merely while Dixie desperately wishes support and is met with disbelief does she detect how a lot harm her previous lies have performed. yet she has braveness and a spirit which can but be triumphant, forcing secrets and techniques into the open and permitting her to forgive and turn into complete again.
Narrated by way of her younger heroine in a voice as certain and resonant as The mystery lifetime of Bees’ Lily or Bastard Out of Carolina’s Bone, Donna Everhart’s impressive debut is a narrative approximately moms and daughters, the guilt and discomfort that go among generations, and the truths which are most unlikely to conceal, particularly from ourselves.
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“Please open your middle to Dixie Dupree. With unflinching honesty and a voice that earrings with authenticity, she survives the unthinkable. Her tale celebrates the resiliency of the human spirit and the triumph of the mind's eye. a big novel, superbly written, it is a tale to cherish.”--Susan Wiggs, # 1 New York instances bestselling author
“A searingly sincere coming of age tale with a heroine in contrast to the other i have met in many years. I learn this booklet via from begin to end in a single sitting, easily not able and unwilling to place it down. this is to a different attractive novel from Donna Everhart."--Holly Chamberlin, writer of Seashell Season
“Secrets, lies, peach cobbler, grits, a scorching Alabama solar, and a woman named Dixie Dupree who exhibits braveness within the face of betrayal, power whilst all falls down round her, and shining desire within the darkness. it is a tale you’ll learn good into the night.”--Cathy Lamb, author of The Language of Sisters
“A poignant coming of age novel as gritty as crimson Alabama dust. Dixie Dupree will stick with you lengthy after you’ve grew to become the final page.”--Colleen Faulkner, writer of Julia’s Daughters
“In a robust coming-of-age tale that pitches southern allure opposed to darkish relations secrets and techniques, the voice of 11-year-old Dixie Dupree captivates from the 1st web page to the last.”--Barbara Claypole White, bestselling writer of The ideal Son