Set in 1920s Mississippi, this debut Southern novel weaves a beautiful and harrowing story of two teenage girls cast in an unlikely partnership through murder—perfect for readers of Where the Crawdads Sing and If the Creek Don’t Rise.
Ada promised herself she would never go back to the Trace, to her hard life on the swamp and her harsh father. But now, after running away to Baton Rouge and briefly knowing a different kind of life, she finds herself with nowhere to go but back home. And she knows there will be a price to pay with her father.
Matilda, daughter of a sharecropper, is from the other side of the Trace. Doing what she can to protect her family from the whims and demands of some particularly callous locals is an ongoing struggle. She forms a plan to go north, to pack up the secrets she’s holding about her life in the South and hang them on the line for all to see in Ohio.
As the two girls are drawn deeper into a dangerous world of bootleggers and moral corruption, they must come to terms with the complexities of their tenuous bond and a hidden past that links them in ways that could cost them their lives.
Ada has returned home to her horrible father. She has no where else to turn. This is where she has to go. When their reunion turns out worse than she expected and her life ends up in danger, she is saved by someone she has never met, Matilda. These two young girls end up depending on each other more than they ever expected.
When I first saw this book…I knew I had to read it. I mean…it is set is Mississippi! And oh boy…it did not disappoint.
Ada and Matilda are both poor and struggling in their own way. These two could not be more different and yet they are more alike than they think. They need each other due to various circumstances. (And you will have to read about these circumstances!) Just when you think they are about to come out of their lot in life…life kicks them back down.
This book is everything and then some. I could not stop reading. This story is intense, heart wrenching, poignant and captivating all rolled into one.
If you need a FANTASTIC book…THIS IS IT!
I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.
It sounds FAB!!
For some reason I didn’t take it…maybe too many others to read.
Now I am disappointed I missed it. Maybe some day.
Thanks for your as-always great review.
I didn’t get it through speed dating. The lady never emailed me back. I got it through a “wish for it” on Netgalley. I got lucky!