Have you ever tried Moonshine?
I have. I will never again. Imagine swallowing corn flavored gasoline while it’s on fire. And it stays on fire. For hours after you swallow it.
But what if Shining was your family legacy? It feeds your family and pays the bills. But it also is what killed your mother.
Rousing… movingly explores Jessie’s struggle with her eatingdisorder, viscerally describing her twin desires for nourishment and purging in relation to a deep need to define herself… Everhart’s story of self-discovery, rife with colorful characters and a satisfying twist, will thrill readers.” – Publishers Weekly STARRED REVIEW
For 16 year old Jessie – she knows it’s what she’s meant to do. But she hates it. She despises everything about the bootlegging her father does and although her family has been doing it for generations, she’s determined to be no part of it. Even if that means destroying everything.
As Jessie seeks to do just that – she starts a chain of events that threatens danger to not only her, but her entire family. As old and dangerous family rivalries begin to emerge, she struggles to find her place, suppress her own inner demons, and questions everything she thought she knew about her family.
I adored Jessie and her steadfast strength despite her heartbreaking insecurities. And I was gripped by this fascinating look into the illegal enterprise of moonshining. It’s a fast paced story that I didn’t want to end, and although the final pages came as such an unexpected surprise – I still enjoyed every minute.
“This riveting novel set in the 1960s will have readers, especially those who enjoy Kaye Gibbons and Anna Jean Mayhew, captivated from the first page.”
– Booklist, STARRED REVIEW
I fell in love with Donna Everharts’ storytelling long ago, and The Moonshiner’s Daughter is no exception to her gift of making readers connect with characters, fall in love with the South, and get lost in stories that seem almost too wild to be true.
- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Kensington (December 31, 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1496717023
- ISBN-13: 978-1496717023
About the Book:
Set in North Carolina in 1960 and brimming with authenticity and grit, The Moonshiner’s Daughter evokes the singular life of sixteen-year-old Jessie Sasser, a young woman determined to escape her family’s past . . .
Generations of Sassers have made moonshine in the Brushy Mountains of Wilkes County, North Carolina. Their history is recorded in a leather-bound journal that belongs to Jessie Sasser’s daddy, but Jessie wants no part of it. As far as she’s concerned, moonshine caused her mother’s death a dozen years ago.
Her father refuses to speak about her mama, or about the day she died. But Jessie has a gnawing hunger for the truth—one that compels her to seek comfort in food. Yet all her self-destructive behavior seems to do is feed what her school’s gruff but compassionate nurse describes as the “monster” inside Jessie.
Resenting her father’s insistence that moonshining runs in her veins, Jessie makes a plan to destroy the stills, using their neighbors as scapegoats. Instead, her scheme escalates an old rivalry and reveals long-held grudges. As she endeavors to right wrongs old and new, Jessie’s loyalties will bring her to unexpected revelations about her family, her strengths—and a legacy that may provide her with the answers she has been longing for.
About the Author:
A USA Today bestselling author of authentic, gritty Southern fiction, including THE EDUCATION OF DIXIE DUPREE, (Indie Next, Amazon Best Book, Nov. 2016) THE ROAD TO BITTERSWEET, (Southeastern Library Award) THE FORGIVING KIND, and THE MOONSHINER’S DAUGHTER.
Donna Everhart writes stories of family hardship and troubled times in a bygone south. A native of North Carolina, she resides in her home state with her husband and their tiny heart stealing Yorkshire terrier, Mister.
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