A missing child, a buried tin of coins, and a terrible secret - these lie at the heart of Muriel Macleod's powerful first novel set deep in the back country of early-20th-century Louisiana, where lawlessness still reigns and the voodoo curses and charms of the old ways hold sway. Here eight-year-old Arletta lives with her family in an isolated shack in the woods. Sometimes she sees the white men walking down the track toward her home and knows to hide. But sometimes she sees them too late, until one day she finds the strength to fight back with ferocity. The men don't return. But when years later she hears that another girl has been attacked, and past meets present, Arletta is compelled to act, plotting a revenge that will leave its mark on history.
The ultimate message that Macleod imparts is that no matter how hard your life gets, no matter who might stand in your way, no matter what you have to face day after day, there’s still a chance to rise above it all and be who you want to be. Arletta rises. It’s a powerful message, and could be a tonic for those who need it. (Reviewed by Rory L. Aronsky).
An inspring story which will haunt you long after you have read the final pages
British film producer Macleod offers an engaging story of a young girl’s struggle for self-determination.
Starred Review. Macleod brilliantly hooks the reader from beginning to end with a narrative that opens a floodgate of emotions and overflows with unforgettable characters. Be prepared to shed a tear or two.
Marlon James, author of The Book of Night Women
A spellbinding novel
Maureen Lindley, author of The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel
Stunning - a heart-wrenching tale that speaks to you long after the last page is turned
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