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Publisher's Summary

In 1969 Dixie Dupree is 11 years old and already an expert liar. Sometimes the lies are for her mama Evie's sake - to explain away a bruise brought on by her quick-as-lightning temper. And sometimes the lies are to spite Evie, who longs to leave her unhappy marriage in Perry County, Alabama, and return to her beloved New Hampshire. But for Dixie and her brother, Alabama is home, a place of pine-scented breezes and hot, languid afternoons.
Though Dixie is learning that the family she once believed was happy has deep fractures, even her vivid imagination couldn't concoct the events about to unfold. Dixie records everything in her diary - her parents' fights, her father's drinking and his unexplained departure, and the arrival of Uncle Ray. Only when Dixie desperately needs help and is met with disbelief does she realize how much damage her past lies have done. But she has courage and a spirit that may yet prevail, forcing secrets into the open and allowing her to forgive and become whole again.
©2016 Donna Everhart (P)2016 Tantor
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Critic Reviews

"With a strong beginning to a powerful story and a strong-minded, spunky central character in Dixie, Everhart's story is one to cherish." (RT Book Reviews)
"Narrator Amy Melissa Bentley is a spunky Dixie Dupree, who is dealing with the head-on collision between her innocence as an 11-year-old and the harsh reality of her life.... Bentley's accents and attitudes are just right as she portrays a bright, hopeful Dixie; her mercurial mother and alcoholic father; her older brother, AJ; and relatives who add to the family's problems rather than help. Gritty writing and a brutally truthful narration make this poignant listening." (AudioFile)  
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3 out of 5 stars
By Gwendolyn Washington on 11-20-16

Not Quite Believable!!!

Overall I enjoyed the Story.

However, having been in a similar situation in my life, I found it very hard to believe that a woman who had been through what Evelyn had been through would not have allowed her rapist brother to live with them.

And if she found herself in some horrible situation, where she just had to allow it, she would have kept a very, very, very close eye on him.

I could not believe that she would rather depend on him financially than her in-laws who were not the best, but who did not demonstrate this type of bad character.

I also know that when you have had something bad happen to you it can leave you bitter, because hurt people, hurt people.

It just seems to me that after her husband supported her through this anguish over the years she would have had some tender feelings for him, even if it was just gratitude.

Also I never understood why she did not return home for a visit. If she could not get the money from her husband, she could have asked her parents. On one hand, she had so much pride that she would not ask her parents, or in-laws for help, but on the other hand, she would take help from her rapist, and secret father of her son.


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2 out of 5 stars
By Mary Smiroldo on 01-05-17

Not for me!

I had to return this book! I started out to be somewhat interesting, however, when it came to the molestation of an 11 year old girl, I did not find that entertaining. It was graphic and crude! Please consider carefully, especially if your family has suffered the tragedy of suicide and/or abuse of a child, before purchasing this book! It is also obvious that this author has had no contact with eleven year old children. Using vocabulary with words such as "copious" and " inexplicable," just does not come out of their mouths!

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