Published by Sourcebooks Landmark on August 22nd 2017
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“He’s gonna be sorry he ever messed with me and Loretta Lynn”
I have been reading a lot of really good debut novels lately. This story is told in a very unique fashion. Although this book is about Sadie Blue and her tortured relationship with Roy Tupkin, her husband of 15 days, it is also the story of people who live in her Appalachian town.
Sadie had been warned about Roy. She had been told he was “trouble” and she would due best to stay away from him. Boy oh boy does she wish she would have listened to them. Pregnant and alone most of the time, she lives in fear. She, like many other women in the town, have a bleak future. But then one day, someone comes to town (Kate Shaw) who gives Sadie hope that there may be more to life than being Roy’s wife.
Each chapter tells another person’s story. They each have their own voice, experiences, emotions and perspectives. Most of their tales are bleak, sad, or are about a hard life, made even worse by those they share their life with. There are those who look out for others in this book (i.e. Marris). Marris was my favorite character – loving and strong. She is the glue which holds many of them together.
This is not a happy go lucky book. There are really no happy endings. Life might get better for some but there is still no silver lining. This book is not a suspenseful page turner but it is the glimpse into the life of those living in Appalachia. This book is character driven and the characters are strong and memorable. The Author does a great job of describing their pain and desperation. It almost drips from the pages. This is southern grit at it’s best.