The acclaimed bestseller—a selection of Oprah’s Book Club—that brings vividly to life the Georgetown
neighborhood of Washington, DC, circa 1925, and a community reeling from a young girl’s tragic death.
When five-year-old Clara Bynum drowns in the Potomac River under a seemingly haunted rock outcropping
known locally as the Three Sisters, the community must reconcile themselves to the bitter tragedy.
Clarke powerfully charts the fallout from Clara’s death on the people she has left behind: her parents, Alice and
Willie Bynum, torn between the old world of their rural North Carolina home and the new world of the city; the
friends and relatives of the Bynum family in the Georgetown neighborhood they now call home; and, most especially,
Clara’s sister, ten-year-old Johnnie Mae, who is thrust into adolescence and must come to terms with the terrible and
confused emotions stirred by her sister’s death.
This highly accomplished debut novel reverberates with ideas, impassioned lyricism, and poignant historical detail
as it captures an essential and moving portrait of the Washington, DC, community
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