The Gone Dead

The Gone Dead

eBook - 2019
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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 day—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.

Publisher: [United States] :, Harper Collins Publishers,, 2019
ISBN: 9780062490711
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: hoopla digital


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Jul 21, 2019

The premise of this book sounded very interesting. However, by the halfway point of the book I was so bored out of my mind that I couldn't read another page. I really tried to get through this book but if a book can't grab you by the time you near the middle, then it's not going to. I should have quit reading it sooner than I did. I was just hoping it would improve. Alas, it did not.

JCLGreggW Apr 29, 2019

An intoxicating literary mystery about a young woman who inherits her childhood home in the Mississippi Delta after the death of her father, a poet who died under mysterious circumstances. Deeply rooted in the land's complex and layered history. Atmospheric, character-driven, and riveting.


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