coming-of-age debut set in civil rights-era New Orleans—a novel of Southern
eccentricity and secrets
When Ibby Bell’s father dies
unexpectedly in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby
with her eccentric grandmother Fannie and throws in her father’s urn for good
measure. Fannie’s New Orleans house is like no place Ibby has ever been—and
Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum—is like no one she has
ever met. Fortunately, Fannie’s black cook, Queenie, and her smart-mouthed
daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of
the South, both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets.
Fannie’s own family
history is fraught with tragedy, hidden behind the closed rooms in her ornate
uptown mansion. It will take Ibby’s arrival to begin to unlock the mysteries
there. And it will take Queenie and Dollbaby’s hard-won wisdom to show Ibby
that family can sometimes be found in the least expected places.
By turns uplifting and funny,
poignant and full of verve, Dollbaby is
a novel readers will take to their hearts. Download and start listening now!