Deed So, a coming-of-age story, takes place in a small Southern town in 1962. It was the last year of innocence - the year before the Kennedy assassination, the civil rights struggle, feminist activism, and the Vietnam War changed America forever.
Brainy 12-year-old Agnes Hayden "Haddie" Bashford wants nothing more than to leave Wicomico Corners and escape to the exciting world beyond its narrow, tradition-bound borders. A series of shocking incidents brings the outside world crashing down on her backward village, exposing long-buried family secrets and setting Haddie on a collision course with an unstable firebrand who will have to silence her to protect his identity.
Deed So is a novel in the tradition of To Kill a Mockingbird, laying bare the issues that marked the Sixties as a turning point in American History.
"A robust, deftly written coming-of-age Southern drama that combines American history and racial unrest." (Kirkus Discoveries)
"Russell painted a detailed, compelling portrait of time and place...." (Publishers Weekly)
"Russell has penned an interesting story of a young girl coming of age in a rapidly changing world...." (Foreword Clarion)
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Great story, super fast narrator