Inspired by her childhood summers spent at her grandmother’s house in Mississippi, where she would sit under the kitchen table and eavesdrop as the women in her family shared “southern sister girl talk,” A Long Time Gone is a touching story about the complicated relationships between mothers and daughters: Bootsie, the Walker family matriarch with the tragic past; her daughter, Carol Lynne, whose struggles with drugs and the wrong men lead her far from home; and Vivien, the granddaughter determined not to repeat troubling family patterns.
Vivien Walker swore she’d never return to the Mississippi Delta as generations of Walker women had. But reeling from her recent divorce, she heads back to the family home. When a violent storm uncovers the remains of a long-dead woman buried in the backyard, Vivien vows to uncover her family’s secrets and break the cycle of loss that has haunted the Walkers for generations.
Sure to resonate with readers of Kristin Hannah, Elin Hilderbrand and Sarah Addison Allen, A Long Time Gone is a beautiful story of family that seamlessly weaves together themes of love, loss, and the meaning of home.
Karen White is the bestselling author of seventeen previous books. She grew up in London but now lives with her husband and two children near Atlanta, Georgia.
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