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Call Your Daughter Home: A Novel
by Deb Spera

Published: 2019-06-11
Hardcover : 352 pages
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A stunning tour de force following three fierce, unforgettable Southern women in the years leading up to the Great Depression

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 ...
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A stunning tour de force following three fierce, unforgettable Southern women in the years leading up to the Great Depression

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.

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1. Call Your Daughter Home is an historical novel but in what ways is it relevant to contemporary society? ...
2. How does the patriarchal power in this story affect both the men and women who inhabit Branchville, South Carolina?
3. How is class explored within the story? ...
4. What blinded Annie to Edwin's actions?

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by Glennas (see profile) 02/06/22

 
by DGriffin (see profile) 09/14/21

 
  "An Authentic Novel about Life in the South in the 1920's."by thewanderingjew (see profile) 06/05/21

Call Your Daughter Home, Deb Spera, author; Robin Miles, Adenrele Ojo, Brittany Pressley; narrators
This book is superbly performed by the narrators who interpret each character’s tone
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by Phyllisouthfield (see profile) 10/14/19

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