The Orphan Mother: A Novel

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Grand Central Publishing, Sep 13, 2016 - Fiction - 320 pages
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An epic account of one remarkable woman's quest for justice from the New York Times bestselling author of The Widow of the South and A Separate Country.

In the years following the Civil War, Mariah Reddick, former slave to Carrie McGavock--the "Widow of the South"--has quietly built a new life for herself as a midwife to the women of Franklin, Tennessee. But when her ambitious, politically minded grown son, Theopolis, is murdered, Mariah--no stranger to loss--finds her world once more breaking apart. How could this happen? Who wanted him dead?
Mariah's journey to uncover the truth leads her to unexpected people--including George Tole, a recent arrival to town, fleeing a difficult past of his own--and forces her to confront the truths of her own past. Brimming with the vivid prose and historical research that has won Robert Hicks recognition as a "master storyteller" (San Francisco Chronicle).
 

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In the years following the Civil War, Mariah Reddick, a former slave, has worked hard to become the respected midwife to the women of Franklin, Tennessee. But, when her ambitious, politically minded ... Read full review

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Women tend to define themselves by the roles they play for other people. A woman may be a daughter, sister, niece, cousin, friend, wife, mother and add many more. Add to that slave and midwife, you ... Read full review

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Robert Hicks is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Widow of the South and A Separate Country. He lives in Tennessee.

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