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Our Spotlight Selection

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The Gone Dead

Author: Read by: Bahni Turpin Genre: Literary Thriller Publisher: HarperCollins Release Year: 2019 Length: 304 pages / 8h 8m

An electrifying first novel from "a riveting new voice in American fiction" (George Saunders): A young woman returns to her childhood home in the American South and uncovers secrets about her father's life and death...

Billie James's inheritance isn't much: a little money and a shack in the Mississippi Delta. The house once belonged to her father, a renowned black poet who died unexpectedly when Billie was four years old. Though Billie was there when the accident happened, she has no memory of that day—and she hasn't been back to the South since.

Thirty years later, Billie returns but her father's home is unnervingly secluded: her only neighbors are the McGees, the family whose history has been entangled with hers since the days of slavery. As Billie encounters the locals, she hears a strange rumor: that she herself went missing on the day her father died. As the mystery intensifies, she finds out that this forgotten piece of her past could put her in danger.

Inventive, gritty, and openhearted, The Gone Dead is an astonishing debut novel about race, justice, and memory that lays bare the long-concealed wounds of a family and a country.

"A rich, arresting exploration of racial injustice and the long shadows cast by family legacy... Propulsive from the outset, culminating in a wrenching final scene... A beautiful and devastating portrait of the modern South."

Publishers Weekly

"The southern novel will never be the same after this book. Billie James, the protagonist of The Gone Dead, holds more mystery, lyricism, tragedy, nuance than most characters I’ve read in recent years..."

Kiese Laymon | author of Heavy

Meet the Author

An Evening in Conversation with Stephanie Wittels Wachs

Everything Is Horrible and Wonderful author Stephanie Wittels Wachs met hoopla Book Club readers at the Pearland Library of the Brazoria County Library System, located in Texas. Check out the video of this event to enjoy a discussion on hoopla's Fall 2018 Book Club Spotlight title.

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