Pleasant Day: Southern Fiction for Women

Bublish, Inc.
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 “Absolutely unputdownable, a real page turner. Be prepared to clear your schedule for the day.” —Wall to Wall Books

In the town of Hollow Creek, South Carolina two separate murders, fifteen years apart, unite fifteen-year-old Pleasant Day and sixty-year-old Clarissa Blackwell. As Pleasant struggles with her mother's distance, her father's infidelity and the death of her best friend, she draws closer to Clarissa, an older woman with an uncanny, almost psychic, ability to 'read people.'


As Clarissa uncovers the stories behind the murders, both Pleasant and Clarissa's worlds are transformed by the truths they’re forced to accept, and both find solace and strength in the shared histories that have shaped them.
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Publisher
Bublish, Inc.
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Published on
Mar 18, 2019
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Pages
380
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ISBN
9781950282067
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Coming of Age
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