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Set against the backdrop of the civil rights movement and the Vietnam War, a girl uncovers her family's history of mental illness in this moving coming-of-age tale that harkens to both The Glass Castle and Forrest Gump.

Tallulah James comes from a long line of intelligent college professors with strong Southern roots - and long-buried family secrets. Tallulah's childhood is a tumultuous one: Her mother is often absent as she puts her goals to save the world over her family. Her father's ignored bipolar disorder results in bouts of depression and manic behavior that often leave Tallulah afraid and confused. But with her older brother, Grif, to watch out for her and her grandmother to make sure she grows up into a proper Southern lady - whatever that means - her life is stable enough; that is, until a tragedy rocks her entire community.

Forced to move away from everyone she knows and loves at the age of 16, Tallulah lives on her own for seven years before returning to the Mississippi town where it all began. As she begins to uncover her family history and to forgive them for the past, she finally learns the truth that has been hidden from her for so long.

In this heart-wrenching, raw, and ultimately satisfying novel set against the backdrop of the 1960s, the award-winning author of Whistling Past the Graveyard explores what the word family really means-in all its ugliness, beauty, and messy complications.

©2018 Susan Crandall (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Depicts Southern Life & Mental Illness With Authenticity

As a child of the South I could relate to this novel in so many ways. My grandparents were also tight lipped about the past and being in denial about the demons of mental illness. The setting being the 60s & 70s brought back so many memories for me, both dark and enlightened. I highly recommend this novel, especially for individuals of my generation who experienced so many similar incidents while coming of age.

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Started off slow, but glad I stuck with it.

The first half of the book felt a little drawn out, but it makes the second half much more rewarding when you see her childhood reflect back in her adulthood. Well written and entertaining!

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excellent journey

I dont normally listen to this kind of quaint and tragic sliver of southern life kind of book. but this was great.

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Not exactly what I expected

It takes until about Chapter 8 for this book to get going and start making any sense. I almost gave up on it, but since I enjoyed another book by this author, I kept going. Some parts of this story were interesting, but for the most part, I just didn't like it. The narrator does a great job with the characters.

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This is a very enjoyable, relatable and quite descriptive book. The author was thoughtful in describing the south and southern families and ways of living. I thoroughly enjoyed it and highly recommend!!😁

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Slow, well written and narrated.

I struggled to finish, but glad I did. Excellent descriptions of characters, events and surroundings. I was raised in Louisiana, but lived in California most of my life. I enjoy reading stories like this. I understand the importance of family and the differences between Louisiana and California culture. Most of my family returned to Louisiana to retire. I still visit, though I love California. PS: I am also familiar and appreciate the understanding for the personality disorder this family lived with.

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Love this author

This is the second book I have read by Susan Crandall. They have both been amazing. Such a true depiction of the south but also life! You will not regret buying this or Whistling in the Graveyard. Very different but could hardly put either down!

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Nails on a chalkboard

The southern accent of the reader was so horrible that I struggled to listen to this book. Growing up Southern I suppose one would expect a Southern novel to actually be read by someone that didn't have to fake an accent! Or just read the book in a normal tone of voice it was so bad

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Intersting

I enjoyed, will look for more from this author. Helps me to understand the culture of the time I was born into. Great narration too!

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Pretty good.

A little slow and a little predictable but overall it was pretty good. I enjoyed it.