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Detroit Lakes Public Library WIN (Text) 33500013076823 New Available -
Hawley Public Library WIN (Text) 33500013076831 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781635573404
  • ISBN: 1635573408
  • Physical Description: 261 pages ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.

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For readers of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie and The Turner House , an intimately told story about a woman living by her own rules and the rural community that struggles to understand her. Azalea "Knot" Centre is determined to live life as she pleases. Let the people of West Mills say what they will; the neighbors' gossip won't keep Knot from what she loves best: cheap moonshine, nineteenth-century literature, and the company of men. And yet, Knot is starting to learn that her freedom comes at a high price. Alone in her one-room shack, ostracized from her relatives and cut off from her hometown, Knot turns to her neighbor, Otis Lee Loving, in search of some semblance of family and home. Otis Lee is eager to help. A lifelong fixer, Otis Lee is determined to steer his friends and family away from decisions that will cause them heartache and ridicule. After his failed attempt as a teenager to help his older sister, Otis Lee discovers a possible path to redemption in the chaos Knot brings to his doorstep. But while he's busy trying to fix Knot's life, Otis Lee finds himself powerless to repair the many troubles within his own family, as the long-buried secrets of his troubled past begin to come to light. Set in an African American community in rural North Carolina from 1941 to 1987, In West Mills is a magnificent, big-hearted small-town story about family, friendship, storytelling, and the redemptive power of love.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 April #1
    Beginning in the 1940s and spanning 40 years, Winslow's debut novel shares themes of acceptance and the importance of community through the eyes of a fierce, memorable antiheroine. In the small North Carolina town of West Mills, Azalea "Knot" Centre is committed to living life on her own terms. She needs nothing—especially not the man she just kicked to the curb—other than her moonshine and Dickens' novels and, later, her neighbors Otis Lee and Pep, who are like family and come to Knot's rescue when she discovers she is pregnant. West Mills may be a small town, but it is chock-full of memorable characters and big, years-spanning secrets. Winslow is a natural storyteller whose writing is like a mash-up of Zora Neale Hurston and Edward Kelsey Moore, and his characters spark to life, especially Knot, who Winslow magically makes both enraging and endearing. Although at times entire years are glossed over in this short novel, its humor and heart will win over many readers. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

De’Shawn Charles Winslow was born and raised in Elizabeth City, North Carolina. He is a 2017 graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop and holds a BFA in creative writing and an MA in English literature from Brooklyn College. He lives in New York.

Subject: City and town life > Fiction.
Friendship > Fiction.
African Americans > Fiction.
Families > Fiction.
North Carolina > History > Fiction.

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