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Betty

By: Tiffany McDaniel
Narrated by: Dale Dickey
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Publisher's summary

A stunning, lyrical novel set in the rolling foothills of the Appalachians about a young girl and the family truths that will haunt her for the rest of her life.

“A girl comes of age against the knife.”

So begins the story of Betty Carpenter. Born in a bathtub in 1954 to a white mother and a Cherokee father, Betty is the sixth of eight siblings. The world they inhabit in the rural town of Breathed, Ohio, is one of poverty and violence—both from outside the family and, devastatingly, from within. But despite the hardships 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 to which she bears witness, Betty discovers an escape: she begins to write.

Inspired by generations of her family, Tiffany McDaniel sets out to free the past by delivering this heartbreaking yet magical story—a remarkable novel that establishes her as one of the most important voices in American fiction.

©2020 Tiffany McDaniel (P)2020 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

One of the Best Books of the Year: The Guardian, Glamour, Goop
An
Entertainment Weekly Must-Read

An Indie Next "Great Read for September"

O Magazine's "Best Books to Pick Up Before Summer Ends"

Entertainment Weekly's "20 Late-Summer Must-Reads for August"

E! Online's "17 Books to Check Out Before the End of Summer"

Sheerluxe's "Six New Books to Read This August"

Salon's "Provocative Must-Reads for August"

NAUTILUS BOOK AWARD WINNER

THE SOCIETY OF MIDLAND AUTHORS AWARD WINNER

OHIOANA LIBRARY READERS CHOICE AWARDS WINNER

FRIENDS OF AMERICAN WRITERS CHICAGO WINNER

LONGLISTED FOR THE DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD

“The book is rich with the texture of everyday living. It’s these details that sing Betty to life and bring readers fully into the Appalachian landscape and the social milieu of Breathed.” The Los Angeles Times

“Breathtaking.” Vogue

“Fierce, vividly realized . . . McDaniel doesn’t shy away from depicting horrors, especially those that breed within a family . . . Betty’s story is searingly hard to bear, but the rewards of getting to know her make up for her pain.” The Columbus Dispatch