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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (65 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Sheila Williams Narrator: Patricia R. Floyd Publisher: Recorded Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2008 ISBN:
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Beloved author Sheila Williams beautifully captures the bittersweet humor and vivid adventures of women who survive the worst life can toss at them and fight back to claim their right to be free, to be themselves, and to live on.

The courage to change doesn't come easy. When Opal Sullivan walks out on an abusive husband after 15 years, she has only her dreams in her pocket. Her new beginning starts in Appalachian River country, where she sees a bit of herself in a graceful but dilapidated house. Like Opal, the house is worn-out and somewhat beaten up, but it still stands proudly and deserves a second chance.

So Opal opens her doors - and her heart - to a parade of unforgettable characters. There's sassy Bette Smith with her cantaloupe-colored hair and four-inch heels; short-tempered Gloria and her devilish son, Troy; the mysterious Dana, who dresses in black and keeps exclusively nocturnal hours; a dog named Bear who is afraid of his own shadow; and Jack, who doesn't mind hanging out with an OBBWA (old black broad with an attitude). It is Jack who helps Opal understand a funny thing about life: You can't move forward if you keep looking back. Download and start listening now!

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Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 11/20/2013

    " Novel set in Louisville. The author lives in Newport, KY. Saw her interviewed on KET. Nothing phenomenal, but I enjoyed this as a nice little slice of Southern Lit. Good story line with lots of interesting characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Breeze Watson | 8/19/2012

    " What an empowered woman. This would make a great chick flick. Excellent beach or vacation read. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karrie | 6/1/2011

    " Good book about an abused woman's journey to recovery. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimeko Farrar | 3/21/2010

    " The Shade of My Own Tree was the first book I read by Shelia Williams and it's one of my favs. Love the plot and the way it dealt with love self-esteem and domestic violence. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Smc | 1/15/2010

    " The cast of eccentric, but very real characters make this a great read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dean Brodhag | 6/29/2009

    " Great book about aabused woman and her recovery. Very accurate. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heather | 2/8/2009

    " This was a good book, I like dv. Could have been a little more dv and less S&M.... Hahaha. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bj Hoover | 1/2/2009

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Sheila Williams, and intend to read more of her stories. I love her goal of writing about women who survive bad times and have the courage to fight back and reclaim their lives. I like the line "You can't move forward if you keep looking back" "

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About the Narrator

Patricia R. Floyd has narrated dozens of audiobooks throughout her career, including Denise Nicholas’ Freshwater Road and Ellease Southerland’s Let the Lion Eat Straw. Balanced with her audiobook work, she has directed several plays at Stamford Theatre Works. She has won five AudioFile Earphones Awards.