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    'A girl comes of age against the knife.' 

    So begins the story of Betty Carpenter. 

    Born in a bathtub in 1954 to a Cherokee father and white mother, Betty is the sixth of eight siblings. The world they inhabit is one of poverty and violence - both from outside the family and also, devastatingly, from within. When her family's darkest secrets are brought to light, Betty has no choice but to reckon with the brutal history hiding in the hills, as well as the heart-wrenching cruelties and incredible characters she encounters in her rural town of Breathed, Ohio.

    Despite the hardship she faces, Betty is resilient. Her curiosity about the natural world, her fierce love for her sisters and her father's brilliant stories are kindling for the fire of her own imagination and in the face of all she bears witness to, Betty discovers an escape: she begins to write.

    A heartbreaking yet magical story, Betty is a punch-in-the-gut of a novel - full of the crushing cruelty of human nature and the redemptive power of words.

    ©2020 Tiffany McDaniel (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

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    "Not a story you will soon forget." (Karen Joy Fowler, author of Man Booker Prize finalist We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves)

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    • Nicola Tennent
    • 19/03/2021

    Beautiful tragic story

    I loved the lyricism of the writing and the character-driven story.

    On the other side of the ledger, the child abuse, sexual abuse, suicide, and animal abuse was too raw to the point of being gratuitous.