A Long Time Gone
A Long Time Gone
New American Library, Hardcover, 9780451240460, 417pp.
Publication Date: June 3, 2014
When Vivien Walker left her home in the Mississippi Delta, she swore never to go back, as generations of the women in her family had.But in the spring, nine years to the day since she d left, that's exactly what happens Vivien returns, fleeing from a broken marriage and her lost dreams for children.
What she hopes to find is solace with Bootsie, her dear grandmother who raised her, a Walker woman with a knack for making everything all right. But instead she finds that her grandmother has died and that her estranged mother is drifting further away from her memories. Now Vivien is forced into the unexpected role of caretaker, challenging her personal quest to find the girl she herself once was.
But for Vivien things change in ways she cannot imagine when a violent storm reveals the remains of a long-dead woman buried near the Walker home, not far from the cypress swamp that is soon to give up its ghosts. Vivien knows there is now only one way to rediscover herself by uncovering the secrets of her family and breaking the cycle of loss that has haunted them for generations.
Praise for New York Times Bestselling Author
“[A] dedicated artist...Karen White’s talent is ripe for the taking.”—The Huffington Post
“White’s dizzying carousel of a plot keeps those pages turning, so much so that the book can—and should be—finished in one afternoon, interrupted only by a glass of sweet iced tea.”—Oprah.com
“Family relationships worthy of a Tennessee Williams play.”—fayobserver.com (Fayetteville, NC)
“White’s ability to write a book that keeps you hankering for more is her strong suit. The Beach Trees is a great book about the power of family and connection that you won’t soon forget.”—South Charlotte Weekly
“White...weaves together themes of Southern culture, the powerful bond of family, and the courage to rebuild in the face of destruction to create an incredibly moving story her dedicated fans are sure to embrace.”—Moultrie News (SC)