Betty by Tiffany McDaniel
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication Date: August 18, 2020
Date Read: October 3, 2020
Length: 416 pages
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
A stunning, lyrical
novel set in the rolling foothills of the Appalachians in which a young
girl discovers stark truths that will haunt her for the rest of her
“A girl comes of age against the knife.”
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. The lush landscape,
rich with birdsong, wild fruit, and blazing stars, becomes a kind of
refuge for Betty, but when her family’s darkest secrets are brought to
light, she 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.
But 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. She recounts the horrors of
her family’s past and present with pen and paper and buries them deep in
the dirt–moments that has stung her so deeply, she could not tell
them, until now.
Inspired by the life of her own mother, Tiffany
McDaniel sets out to free the past by telling this heartbreaking yet
magical story–a remarkable novel that establishes her as one of the
freshest and most important voices in American fiction.Amazon | Audible | BAM! | Barnes & Noble | IndieBound | Kobo
Another winner from Tiffany McDaniel! I read her first book The Summer That Melted Everything when it was released four years ago and was blown away so I was pretty eager to get my hands on her newest novel. Both books are set in the same town of Breathed, Ohio and there were a few quick glimpses of some familiar characters but otherwise, these were two very different stories. I ended up loving this book just as much as I loved her previous novel.
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It sounds like a good one then
I have been eyeing this book, and it does seem like a powerful story. Thanks for the great review.
sounds like the inside of the book matched the outside cover. i love when that happens. we can all use an uplifting book right now
sherry @ fundinmental
Awesome review. Betty definitely on my TBR!
This sounds like a powerful story. I'm so glad you enjoyed it.
This sounds amazing and incredibly difficult but worth it. Great review!
I am sure I would enjoy this story but not during this crazy year. I feel "beat up" enough. Excellent review!
Anne – Books of My Heart
I've seen this one around the blogs and it does sound like a good story but a hard to read one.