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Call Your Daughter Home

Spera, Deb

  5 Reviews

Branchville, South Carolina is still reeling from the ravages of the boll weevil and with the glimmer of the Great Depression on the horizon, more hard times are to come. But for three of the town's citizens, the challenges they face are far more personal.

From different walks of life but connected through their individual circumstances, Retta Bootles, a first-generation freed slave, Annie Cole, her employer and matriarch of an influential family, and Gertrude Pardee, a mother of four daughters, each experience the prejudices of class and race that are a harsh reality of the era.

With its alternating narration, the distinctive voices of its strong characters, and its passionate depiction of motherhood, this is a gritty and unforgettable story of the Deep South. [Larger font]

Comments from BDS Reviewers

"The characters and story are unforgettable. A great read."

"I really enjoyed this book!"

"Most enjoyable read. I particularly enjoyed the characters and wanted to keep reading."

"The setting is well described and the ominous atmosphere as the crisis approaches is well written and emotional. Beaut read."

"While the story may sound grim, it's warmly told with kindness and compassion in relationships."

"Very good character development, that's important to me."

"The book keeps you engaged."

"I think this book would give rise to a good discussion on a number of issues."

Pages
366
Year
2019

Reviews

HAVE 005
28-09-2022
Enjoyable read.
PALMN 010
18-07-2022
We loved this book. It was well-written and one we couldn't put down. A brilliant first novel.
AUCK 272
27-06-2022
Excellent book.
NEWP 018
08-06-2022
Really good read. A page turner from the beginning. The ensuing discussion was very lively re family dynamics and responsibilities. Highly recommend this book.
WELL 153
08-06-2022
Pacy novel - very much enjoyed by all in the group. What happened to the characters really mattered to the reader. The strong female characters were a particular favourite. Highly recommended.