Billie James' inheritance isn't much: a little money and a shack in the Mississippi Delta. The house once belonged to her father, a renowned black poet who died unexpectedly when Billie was four years old. Though Billie was there when the accident happened, she has no memory of that dayA??and she hasn't been back to the South since.
Thirty years later, Billie returns but her father's home is unnervingly secluded: her only neighbors are the McGees, the family whose history has been entangled with hers since the days of slavery. As Billie encounters the locals, she hears a strange rumor: that she herself went missing on the day her father died. As the mystery intensifies, she finds out that this forgotten piece of her past could put her in danger.
Inventive, gritty, and openhearted, The Gone Dead is an astonishing debut novel about race, justice, and memory that lays bare the long-concealed wounds of a family and a country.
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"To convey the setting of this novel, narrator Bahni Turpin employs several regional Southern accents and a tone that reflects the oppressive heat and humidity of the Mississippi Delta. A mood of impending doom prevails as Billie James returns to claim a small inheritance from her late father, a renowned African-American poet who died in a mysterious accident when she was only 4. Adding to that mystery is her own unexplained disappearance on the same day--which she doesn't remember. Turpin lets a palpable sense of danger creep into her performance as the questions about what happened to Billie and her father unfold. Billie is engaging and curious, and Turpin reflects her developing maturity as secrets are revealed. Listeners may find fingernail imprints on their armrests at Billie's final confrontation. R.O. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"
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