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Call Your Daughter Home: A Novel (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2019; vuoden 2019 painos)

– tekijä: Deb Spera (Tekijä)

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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."--Publisher's description.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:Call Your Daughter Home: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Deb Spera (Tekijä)
Info:Park Row (2019), Edition: Original, 289 pages
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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 and character with authenticity and never overtake the thread of the story with their own personalities or political proclivities. Rather, they enhance it.
The time is 1924, the place is Branchville, South Carolina. Three women from different backgrounds and social classes are interconnected and forced to rely on each other due to unforeseen circumstances. One of the women is the daughter of a former slave, Oretta Bootles, now quite old, still works, as a free woman, for the wealthiest matriarch in town, Anna Coles, a demanding and arrogant woman who was nevertheless, not unkind to her. Retta’s mother had worked as a slave and a free woman for Annie. Retta loved her husband Odell. Their only child, Esther, did not survive. Odell was a G-d fearing, one-legged man, injured in an accident at work, who simply wanted to be able to be independent and not overprotected. They were devoted to each other.
Then there was Gertrude Pardee who was married off to Alvin just after she became a teenager. He was a violent drunk who physically and emotionally abused her and their four daughters. Gertrude lived a hardscrabble life, from hand to mouth, trying to feed her children while her husband spent the money on drink. He was a mean and violent drunk. His father Otto was Just as mean and cruel and showed her no respect. She worked for the Sewing Circle run by Mrs. Coles and her son Lonnie. They lived in fear of Alvin, dead or alive.
Annie Coles had seven children, two sons and two daughters survived. One young son had taken his own life, at age 12, and two more did not survive the birth. When she discovered secrets about her husband Edwin, she also discovered why her daughters were estranged from their parents. She had never understood why they had abandoned her. Edwin Cole, with his influence, money and power, controlled everything where they lived. Although these women were each polar opposites of each other, they came to care for and respect each other as events of the times and tragedies of the day influenced their lives.
There was an overlay of the supernatural that added texture to the story as superstitions often guided the less or more poorly educated and also affected others obsessed with religion. Gossip abounded in all circles and it was necessary to have a strong constitution or some other kind of power to withstand it. Life in the South is authentically revealed with all of its warts and foibles as hard times, a boll weevil infestation that destroyed the crops of the farmers, a Diphtheria epidemic that raged, and a storm that destroyed everything in its path illustrated their hard lives, vividly, on every page. ( )
  thewanderingjew | Jun 5, 2021 |
This a powerful story of three women, each with their own special gifts and tribulations, set in South Carolina in 1924. Among so many wonderful descriptions, the one of the "Camp" brought back memories of my grandparents taking me and my sisters to the Methodist Camp Meeting in Kentucky when I was a child. A combination of tent revival and extended family reunion, those meetings were special times. ( )
  phyllis.shepherd | Apr 14, 2021 |
The three narrators did such a fantastic job on the audiobook I wouldn’t even care if the book itself was just so-so. But it wasn’t, this was a heartbreaking and empowering story set in a time and place that felt so real I almost forgot it was fiction. ( )
  wandaly | Apr 7, 2021 |
I read this book not long after I read Where the Crawdads Sing, and the themes and challenges of the women in this Southern family had some similar aching overtones. Wonderfully written with compassion for the family secrets that sometimes threaten to overwhelm us, I was surprised that I hadn't heard of this novel from author Deb Spera, better known from her television production of the Criminal Minds series. ( )
  Aronfish | Mar 21, 2021 |
Call Your Daughter Home is the story of three women living in South Carolina in 1924. The first is Gertrude, a woman who is abused by her husband and has four daughters. The children are starving from lack of food and Gertrude needs to handle her husband’s abuse one way or the other. The second woman is Retta, a black employee for the wealthy Coles family. Retta is deeply in love with her husband Odell, and still mourns the death of her child Esther. Retta also is a midwife for many in the poor community where she lives. Finally, Annie Coles is the proud matriarch of the Coles family. She has five children, but one son committed suicide as a child, her two daughters refuse to communicate with the parents, and her two other sons continue to work for the family.
When Annie discovers a horrific secret of her family, she takes drastic measures. Gertrude also took drastic measures to save her daughters. Retta makes the most dramatic sacrifice to sane others from a horrible man.
An emotional story of women fighting for their family and the sacrifices they make for their family. This book will start with me for a long time. ( )
  rmarcin | Mar 7, 2021 |
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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."--Publisher's description.

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