Dogwood by Lindsay ParnellDogwood by Lindsay Parnell


byLindsay Parnell

Paperback | January 9, 2015

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“You’d think she was an angel if she wasn’t always flying so close to hell.”

Released from prison on probation, 19-year-old Harper Haley returns to the brutal, sweaty, dogwood scented landscape of her youth. Chronicling her homecoming and struggle for rehabilitation, this is the story of one girl’s sin, guilt and resurrection.

At the heart of the novel is the dangerous, obsessive sisterhood between Harper and her childhood friends Collier, a seductively destructive debutante, and Caro, a jaded dreamer yearning for escape. As Harper backslides into a violent cycle of sex, drugs and abuse,
the sisterhood at the core of her identity, and of the story, begins to unravel.

Climaxing in the confession of the act that irreversibly altered her life and those closest to her, Dogwood is Harper’s story, the one she can’t forget and the one she cannot speak.

Title:DogwoodFormat:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 7.81 × 5.06 × 0.44 inPublished:January 9, 2015Publisher:Linen PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0957596820

ISBN - 13:9780957596825

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Editorial Reviews

Parnell's work is that rare beast - tender and brutal, beautiful and raw. Her prose sings off the page, though it's with the voice of a debauched choir boy.- Heidi James, author of WoundingA compelling debut novel. Raw and violent, yet passionate, lyrical and beautifully writtenAn anatomist of the human heart.- Vesna Goldsworthy, author of Gorsky and Chernobyl StrawberriesLindsay Parnell's dialogue has a startling and exciting immediacy. Her American South has its literary roots in Flannery O'Connor and Eudora Welty, but with a difference. Her characters swear a lot, smoke a lot, drink a lot, and do everything to believable excess. This is a really promising debut.- Paul Bailey, Booker-shortlisted author of Chapman's Odyssey and The Prince's BoyExploring issues of family, identity, poverty, abuse and survival, Dogwood is uncomfortably, painfully brilliant; introducing a distinctive new voice while taking the reader on a dangerous joyride sure to leave them reeling despite the damage sustained en route. Powerful, bruising, brutal and perfect.- Jane Bradley, founder and director of For Books' SakeRead the full review here ?Lindsay Parnell's explosive new novel is an unflinching chronicle of sisterhood in the New South. Harper Haley is a young girl caught in a whirlpool of abuse, bad love and bad choices, and her only two friends Collier and Caro may be the very ones who help her drown. The lyrical prose captures the dialect perfectly. If you liked Bastard out of Carolina, you won't be able to put Dogwood down.- Tommy Zurhellen, author of Nazareth, North Dakota