Call Your Daughter Home: A Novel by Deb SperaCall Your Daughter Home: A Novel by Deb Spera

Call Your Daughter Home: A Novel

byDeb Spera

Hardcover | June 11, 2019

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“Like Jill McCorkle and Sue Monk Kidd, Spera probes the comfort and strength women find in their own company.”
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It’s 1924 South Carolina and the region is still recovering from the infamous boll weevil infestation that devastated the land and the economy. Gertrude, a mother of four, must make an unconscionable decision to save her daughters from starvation or die at the hands of an abusive husband. Retta is navigating a harsh world as a first-generation freed slave, still employed by the Coles, influential plantation proprietors who once owned her family. Annie is the matriarch of the Coles family and must come to terms with the terrible truth that has ripped her family apart.

These three women seemingly have nothing in common, yet as they unite to stand up to the terrible injustices that have long plagued the small town, they find strength in the bond that ties women together. Told in the pitch-perfect voices of Gertrude, Retta and Annie, Call Your Daughter Home is an audacious, timeless story about the power of family, deep-buried secrets and the ferocity of motherhood.


“A mesmerizing Southern tale, Call Your Daughter Home follows three women intertwined in struggle, unlikely friendship, and ultimately, redemption. Authentic, gripping, a page-turner, yet also a novel filled with language that begs to be savored. This book kept me up late and stayed with me long after I closed the final page.”
— Lisa Wingate,
New York Times Bestselling Author of Before We Were Yours

“Deb Spera is a master of voice, a master of deep-diving access to the roiling depths of human identity. These three women, in their fierce struggle for values and self, speak to those struggles in all of us, men and women both.
Call Your Daughter Home is an exhilarating and important book.”
— Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize winning author of
A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

Title:Call Your Daughter Home: A NovelFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:352 pages, 9.23 X 5.97 X 1.15 inShipping dimensions:352 pages, 9.23 X 5.97 X 1.15 inPublished:June 11, 2019Publisher:Park Row BooksLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0778307743

ISBN - 13:9780778307747

Appropriate for ages: All ages

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"A mesmerizing Southern tale, Call Your Daughter Home follows three women intertwined in struggle, unlikely friendship, and ultimately, redemption. Authentic, gripping, a page-turner, yet also a novel filled with language that begs to be savored. This book kept me up late and stayed with me long after I closed the final page." -Lisa Wingate, New York Times Bestselling Author of Before We Were Yours"Deb Spera is a master of voice, a master of deep-diving access to the roiling depths of human identity. These three women, in their fierce struggle for values and self, speak to those struggles in all of us, men and women both. Call Your Daughter Home is an exhilarating and important book."- Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain"Deb Spera is an amazing talent, and a powerful female voice. She channels the women in this gripping novel - Gertrude, Oretta, and Annie - like someone who has lived inside them. I cannot recommend it strongly enough."-Mark Bowden, New York Times and International bestselling author of Black Hawk Down"Call Your Daughter Home is a stunning and welcome addition to Southern Literature. Set in South Carolina during the 20s, it tells a powerful story of women, family, class, and race."-Chris Offutt, Author of Country Dark"A ferociously moving story of motherhood and justice, relayed through a trio of radiantly unforgettable voices. Deb Spera is a conjurer of the first rank."-Jonathan Miles, New York Times bestselling author of Dear American Airlines and Want Not"Call Your Daughter Home is a bold and mesmerizing debut set in a time and place lost to history; a world rescued now by Deb Spera, a talented storyteller. With lush language, Spera illuminates a powerful story of women, of motherhood and survival."-Natashia Deón, Author of Grace