A stunning, lyrical novel set in the rolling foothills of the Appalachians in which a young girl discovers stark truths that will haunt her for the rest of her life.
'A coming-of-age story filled with music in language and plot: beautiful and devastating'
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'I felt consumed by this book. I loved it, you will love it'
'Will break your heart open, in the best way'
'A page-turning Appalachian coming-of-age story steeped in Cherokee history, told in undulating prose that settles right into you'
'A GIRL COMES OF AGE AGAINST THE KNIFE.' So begins the story of Betty.
Born in a bathtub in 1954 to a Cherokee father and white mother, Betty inhabits a world of poverty and loss, of lush landscapes and blazing stars.
Despite the hardship she faces, Betty is resilient. Her curiosity about the natural world, her fierce love for her sisters and her father's brilliant stories are kindling for the fire of her own imagination, and in the face of all she bears witness to - the horrors of her family's past and present - Betty discovers an escape: she begins to write.
Tiffany McDaniel has given us a vivid and haunting portrait of the writer as a young girl. Betty Carpenter survives the brutality of her childhood through her father's stories and his steadfast belief in her own... Not a story you will soon forget.
Follows in the tradition of The Color Purple... Shot through with moonshine, Bible verses, and folklore, Betty is about the cruelty we inflict on one another, the beauty we still manage to find, and the stories we tell in order to survive.
TIFFANY MCDANIEL is an Ohio native whose writing is inspired by the rolling hills and buckeye woods of the land she knows. A poet and a visual artist, her debut novel, THE SUMMER THAT MELTED EVERYTHING, won the Guardian's Not the Booker award. BETTY, her second novel, was an international bestseller. Her new novel, ON THE SAVAGE SIDE, is going to be published in early 2023.