Set in the Carolinas in the 1940s, The Road to Bittersweet is a beautifully written, evocative account of a young woman reckoning not just with the unforgiving landscape, but with the rocky emotional terrain that leads from innocence to wisdom.
For fourteen-year-old Wallis Ann Stamper and her family, life in the Appalachian Mountains is simple and satisfying, though not for the tenderhearted. While her older sister, Laci — a mute, musically gifted savant — is constantly watched over and protected, Wallis Ann is as practical and sturdy as her name. When the Tuckasegee River bursts its banks, forcing them to flee in the middle of the night, those qualities save her life. But though her family is eventually reunited, the tragedy opens Wallis Ann’s eyes to a world beyond the creek that’s borne their name for generations.
Carrying what’s left of their possessions, the Stampers begin another perilous journey from their ruined home to the hill country of South Carolina. Wallis Ann’s blossoming friendship with Clayton, a high diving performer for a traveling show, sparks a new opportunity, and the family joins as a singing group. But Clayton’s attention to Laci drives a wedge between the two sisters. As jealousy and betrayal threaten to accomplish what hardship never could — divide the family for good — Wallis Ann makes a decision that will transform them all in unforeseeable ways . . .
USA Today bestselling author Donna Everhart grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina, and has lived close to her hometown for most of her life. For several years she worked for high tech companies, specializing in project management and product introduction. She carries a Bachelor of Science in Business Management. She lives in Dunn, North Carolina.
A Publishers Weekly Top 10 Mystery for Fall
A Library Journal Editor’s Pick for Fall 2017
Starred Booklist Review: Introducing an extraordinary female lawyer-sleuth in a new historical series set in 1920s Bombay.
Bombay, 1921: Perveen Mistry, the daughter of a respected Zoroastrian family, has just joined her father’s law firm, becoming one of the first female lawyers in India. Armed with a law degree from Oxford, Perveen also has a tragic personal history that makes her especially devoted to championing and protecting women’s legal rights. Mistry Law has been appointed to execute the will of Mr. Omar Farid, a wealthy Muslim mill owner who has left three widows behind. But as Perveen is going through the paperwork, she notices something strange: all three of the wives have signed over their full inheritance to a charity. What will they live on if they forfeit what their husband left them?
Perveen is suspicious, especially since one of the widows has signed her form with an X–meaning she probably couldn’t even read the document. The Farid widows live in full purdah — in strict seclusion, never leaving the women’s quarters or speaking to any men. Are they being taken advantage of by an unscrupulous guardian? Perveen tries to investigate, and realizes her instincts about the will were correct when tensions escalate to murder. Now it is her responsibility to figure out what really happened on Malabar Hill, and to ensure that no innocent women or children are in further danger. Inspired in part by a real woman who made history by becoming India’s first female lawyer, The Widows of Malabar Hill is a richly wrought story of multicultural 1920s Bombay as well as the debut of a sharp and promising new sleuth, Perveen Mistry.
From CWA Gold Dagger winner Mick Herron comes a shocking, twisted novel of psychological suspense about one woman’s attempt to be better than ordinary.
Twenty-six-year-old Maggie Barnes is someone you would never look at twice. Living alone in a month-to-month sublet in the huge city of London, with no family but an estranged sister, no boyfriend or partner, and not much in the way of friends, Maggie is just the kind of person who could vanish from the face of the earth without anyone taking notice.
Or just the kind of person MI5 needs to infiltrate the establishment and thwart an international plot that puts all of Britain at risk.
Now one young woman has the chance to be a hero—if she can think quickly enough to stay alive.
Mick Herron was born in Newcastle and has a degree in English from Balliol College, Oxford. He is the author of ten other novels, Slow Horses, Dead Lions, Nobody Walks, Real Tigers, Spook Street, Down Cemetery Road, The Last Voice You Hear, Why We Die, Smoke and Whispers, and Reconstruction, as well as the novella The List. His work has been nominated for the Macavity, Barry, Shamus, and CWA Steel Dagger Awards, and he has won an Ellery Queen Readers Award and the CWA Gold Dagger for Best Crime Novel. He lives in Oxford, England.
Join McIntyre’s Books for a special book festival featuring storytime, readings, book signings and more from elementary and middle reader authors!
10-11:30am Storytime, picture book and early elementary authors
11:30am-12:30pm Picture and early elementary author book signings in The Barn
1-3pm Middle grade author panels in The Barn
3-4pm Middle grade author book signings in The Barn
What else should you expect?
Lots of books and fun!
Kids of all real levels, ages 3 and up are invited to this event. While you’re in the Village, enjoy lunch at The Granary or The Goat, explore the gardens and meet the farm animals in our Belted Barnyard!
Don’t forget to share your excitement on social media using #Whirlikids!
Contact the bookstore with any questions at 919.542.3030.
FEATURED AUTHORS INCLUDE
Alan Gratz, Refugee – Refugee is a New York Times Bestseller and was just named one of New York Times’ Best Books of the Year!
Sarah Mlynowski, Upside Down Magic: #4: Dragon Overnight, Whatever After Series
Emily Jenkins, A Greyhound A Groundhog
Stacy McAnulty, Earth! My First 4.54 Billion Years
Lauren Myracle, Dragon Overnight, Wishing Day, Flower Power and more
Ursula Vernon, Dragonbreath, Hamster Princess, and more
Karina Yan Glaser, The Vanderbeekers of 141st St. – The Vanderbeekers of 141st St. was just named a New York Times Notable Book of 2017!
Linda Ashman, Williams Winter Nap
Joan Holub, This Little Trailblazer
Camille Andros, Charlotte the Scientist Gets Squished
Tameka Fryer Brown, My Cold Plum Lemon Pie Bluesy Mood
Annette Simon, Robot Burp Head Smartypants!
Frances O’Roark Dowell, Sam the Man
Ali Standish, The Ethan I was Before
Her book just won the NC Young People’s Literature Award, and is nominated for the Carnegie Award in the UK!
Leah Henderson, One Shadow on the Wall
Eleanora Tate, Celeste’s Harlem Renaissance
John Claude Bemis, Out of Abaton
Angela Dominguez, Stella Diaz Has Something to Say
A special thank you to Scholastic Inc., Schwartz & Wade, HMH Books for Young Readers, Disney-Hyperion, Little Simon, Henry Holt and Co., Candlewick, Viking Books for Young Readers, Clarion Books and more for their support.
Matching up history with the calendar, Ansley Wegner shares with readers a day-by-day chronicle highlighting topics of importance to North Carolina history, from sensational crimes to top-selling records to homegrown businesses. This keepsake illustrated volume, fun and informative for all ages, had its genesis as a blog, issued daily for four years on the web and on broadcast outlets.
Ansley Herring Wegner, a native of Wilson, has worked in the North Carolina Office of Archives and History since 1994 and has been the administrator of the Highway Historical Marker Program since 2014. She is the author of History for All the People: One Hundred Years of Public History in North Carolina and Phantom Pain: North Carolina’s Artificial-Limbs Program for Confederate Veterans.