Jill McCorkle is the author of nine previous books—four story collections and five novels—five of which have been selected as New York Times Notable Books. The recipient of the New England Book Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Prize for Literature, she teaches writing at North Carolina State University and lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Visit her online at www.jillmccorkle.com.
As tension mounts
between the three girls, Grandma Bell detects trouble returning from the grave.
She’s determined to stop it, and takes the girls on a quest back in time to do
Her narrative begins with her secret courtship and eloping with Pa-Pa, “Buck
Steele”, because their fathers are archenemies. Due to a lack of money, the newlyweds
are forced to live with Buck’s parents, Silas and Emma. Grandma Bell's newlywed dreams turn into her worst nightmare, as she begins her married life as the despised dark-skinned daughter-in-law. Her presence does more than anger her in-laws…it