"An accurate and heart-wrenching picture of the sensibilities of the American South." Kirkus Book Reviews The heart has a home when it has an ally. If Millie Crossan doesn't know anything else, she knows this one truth simply because her brother Finley grew up beside her. Charismatic Finley, eighteen months her senior, becomes Millie's guide when their mother Posey leaves their father and moves her children from Minnesota to Memphis shortly after Millie's tenth birthday.
Memphis is a world foreign to Millie and Finley. This is the 1970s Memphis, the genteel world of their mother's upbringing and vastly different from anything they've ever known. Here they are the outsiders. Here, they only have each other. And here, as the years fold over themselves, they mature in a manicured Southern culture where they learn firsthand that much of what glitters isn't gold. Nuance, tradition, and Southern eccentrics flavor Millie and Finley's world as they find their way to belonging.
But what hidden variables take their shared history to leave both brother and sister at such disparate ends?
BIOGRAPHY Claire Fullerton lives in Southern California. She is the author of Mourning Dove, a Southern family saga set in 1970's Memphis. Mourning Dove is the recipient of the Literary Classics, Words on Wings Award for Book of the Year, the silver medal for regional fiction by the Independent Publishers Book Awards, the Bronze Medal in Southern Fiction by Readers' Favorite, First in Category in the Somerset Awards by Chanticleer Reviews, and the Selah Award in Women's Contemporary Fiction. Claire is the author of A Portal in Time and Dancing to an Irish Reel, which is set on the western coast of Ireland. Her novel, Little Tea, a story about female friendships and healing the past is set in the Deep South, and releases in May 2020. She is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Literary Agency.
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