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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (331 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Jessica Maria Tuccelli Narrator: Donna Postel Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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In the autumn of 1941, Amelia J. McGee, a young woman of Cherokee and Scotch-Irish descent, and an outspoken pamphleteer for the NAACP, hastily sends her daughter, Ella, alone on a bus home to Georgia in the middle of the night—a desperate measure that proves calamitous when the child encounters two drifters and is left for dead on the side of the road.

Ella awakens in the homestead of Willie Mae Cotton, a wise root doctor and former slave, and her partner, Mary-Mary Freeborn, tucked deep in the Takatoka Forest. As Ella heals, the secrets of her lineage are revealed.

Shot through with Cherokee lore and hoodoo conjuring, Glow transports us from Washington, D.C., on the brink of World War II to the Blue Ridge frontier of 1836, from the parlors of antebellum manses to the plantation kitchens where girls are raised by women who stand in as mothers. As the land with all its promise and turmoil passes from one generation to the next, Ella’s ancestral home turns from safe haven to mayhem and back again.

Jessica Maria Tuccelli reveals deep insight into individual acts that can transform a community, and the ties that bind people together across immeasurable hardships and distances. Illuminating the tragedy of human frailty, the vitality of friendship and hope, and the fiercest of all bonds—mother love—the voices of Glow transcend their history with such grace and splendor, they have the power to exalt the reader.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ian | 1/18/2014

    " Glow is an incredibly thoughtful and nuanced book. The deep social commentary is balanced by a compelling list of characters that transcend time and ring true. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Nikki | 12/21/2013

    " This author is amazing. I loved this book so much that I may have to just bask in the "Glow" for awhile before picking up another book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jessica | 12/19/2013

    " Great book, it was hard to put down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jessica Wirth | 12/10/2013

    " I'm giving this a 3 because I loved the story, but it got very slow several times. Definitely not a gripping, page turner. Having said that, you do get invested in the characters and want to know what happens. That attachment was the main driving force for me. "

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