Unforgettable, this a powerful debut to savor.” — Kim Michele Richardson, New York Times bestselling author of The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek
A searing book club novel for fans of Where the Crawdad’s Sing and The Girls in the Stilt House following one girl fighting for her family, her body, and her right to create a future all her own
Some folks will do anything to control the wild spirit of a Carolina girl…
For fourteen-year-old Leah Payne, life in her beloved coastal Carolina town is as simple as it is free. Devoted to her lumberjack father and running through the wilds where the forest meets the shore, Leah’s country life is as natural as the Loblolly pines that rise to greet the Southern sky.
When an accident takes her father’s life, Leah is wrenched from her small community and cast into a family of strangers with a terrible secret. Separated from her only home, Leah is kept apart from the family and forced to act as a helpmate for the well-to-do household. When a moment of violence and prejudice thrusts Leah into the center of the state’s shameful darkness, she must fight for her own future against a world that doesn’t always value the wild spirit of a Carolina girl.
Set in 1935 against the very real backdrop of a recently formed state eugenics board, The Last Carolina Girl is a powerful and heart-wrenching story of fierce strength, forgotten history, autonomy, and the places and people we ultimately call home.
Leah has been torn from the only life she has ever known. When her father died she was forced to move to another town and live with another family. She knew she wasn’t welcome but she had no choice. Then something happens and Leah must do what she has to do for her sanity and her future.
Oh wow! What an amazing tale of fortitude, trauma and strength! This story will tear your heart out one minute and have you throwing the book across the room in frustration at Leah’s plight. Leah is a child I will not soon forget.
I could not put this book down. This story brings so many emotions to the reader. Talk about a book which will give you all the feels. There are so many adults in this book which failed Leah. But Leah never gave up. She definitely overcame and thrived
Need an emotional book…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today!
I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.
I really liked this book too….very emotional.
Thanks for sharing.
Can’t wait to see your review!!