The Last Queen of the Gypsies

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NewSouth Books, 2010 - Fiction - 318 pages
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The book interweaves the stories of its main characters, Lester Ray, a fourteen-year-old boy who was deserted by his mother when he was a baby and has now escaped his abusive alcoholic father, and Minnie, a woman who was abandoned by her Gypsy family of migrant fruit pickers when she was eleven while they journey on parallel quests to find families they never really knew. It ranges from the Great Depression to the new millennium, and from the panhandle of Florida, where the novel is basically set, to New York City during WWII, to the Georgia and Carolina coast, to Fort Myers and south Florida.

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William Cobb has written six critically acclaimed novels: Coming of Age at the Y, The Hermit King, A Walk Through Fire, Harry Reunited, A Spring of Souls and Wings of Morning. His collection of short stories is Somewhere in All This Green. He was writer in residence at the University of Montevallo and was the 2007 winner of the Harper Lee Award for Distinguished fiction writing.

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