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“We Walker women were born screaming into this world, the beginning of a lifelong quest to find what would quiet us. But whatever drove us away was never stronger than the pull of what brought us back …”

When Vivien Walker left her home in the Mississippi Delta, she swore never to go back, as generations of the women in her family had. But in the spring, nine years to the day since she had left, that’s exactly what happens—Vivien returns, fleeing from a broken marriage and her lost dreams for children.

What she hopes to find is solace with “Bootsie,” her dear grandmother who raised her, a Walker woman with a knack for making everything all right. But instead she finds that her grandmother has died and that her estranged mother is drifting further away from her memories. Now Vivien is forced into the unexpected role of caretaker, challenging her personal quest to find the girl she herself once was.

But for Vivien, things change in ways she cannot imagine when a violent storm reveals the remains of a long-dead woman buried near the Walker home, not far from the cypress swamp that is soon to give up its ghosts. Vivien knows there is now only one way to rediscover herself—by uncovering the secrets of her family and breaking the cycle of loss that has haunted them for generations.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This southern saga of life in Mississippi is one of White’s best.”

    Huffington Post

  • “This multigenerational family saga is a book you could get lost in.”

    Delta Magazine

  • “Gothic gold.”


  • “A story with something for almost everyone: betrayal, murder, history, family secrets, and a little romance. Readers will find it difficult to put this one down since each chapter leaves one craving more of the Walker women’s stories. Recommended.”

    Library Journal

  • “Vivien Walker comes to terms with her troubled past in this sweet Southern tale of the bond between mothers and daughters…A slow-moving mystery culminates in an emotionally satisfying moment of redemption for a stubborn heroine and the family she grows to love.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Three experienced narrators bring to life the Walker women of Indian Mound, Mississippi…Listeners learn of Bootsie’s life in the 1920s, which is recounted in a sweet Southern accent by Jennifer Ikeda. Pilar Witherspoon delivers mother Carol Lynne’s story of her rebellious years in the 1960s. And Susan Bennett uses flat tones to describe Vivien’s difficulties as well as the present-day events.”


  • Finalist for the 2015 Audie Award for Best Multivoiced Performance
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About the Author
Author Karen White

Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audiobooks since 1999. An Audie Award finalist, she has earned numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards, including for Everything That Rises Must Converge by Flannery O’Connor and No Passengers beyond This Point by Gennifer Choldenko. Her reading of The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2009.

About the Narrator

Pilar Witherspoon is an actress known for her role in the sci-fi short Warlord and guest appearances on Law & Order and Law & Order: SVU.