About the book: It’s 1924 South Carolina and the region is still recovering from the infamous boll weevil infestation that devastated the land and the economy. Gertrude, a mother of four, must make an unconscionable decision to save her daughters from starvation or die at the hands of an abusive husband. Retta is navigating a harsh world as a first-generation freed slave, still employed by the Coles, influential plantation proprietors who once owned her family. Annie is the matriarch of the Coles family and owner of the Branchville Sewing Circle, a business left to her by her father when he passed.
Told in the pitch-perfect voices of Gertrude, Retta, and Annie, Call Your Daughter Home is an audacious, timeless story about the power of family, deep-buried secrets, and the ferocity of motherhood.
Deb Spera was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two of her three children. She owns her own television company, One-Two Punch Productions, and has executive produced such shows as Criminal Minds, Army Wives, Reaper, and Finding Carter. She is a finalist for The Montana Prize in fiction and a two-time finalist for the Kirkwood literary prize. Her work has been published in Sixfold, Garden and Gun, The Wascana Review, and L.A. Yoga Journal. She’s the co-writer of the play, On The Road To Kitty Hawk, produced by Actors Theater Of Louisville. Call Your Daughter Home is her first novel.
A stunning tour de force following three fierce, unforgettable Southern women in the years leading up to the Great Depression