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Feral, North Carolina, 1965
by June Sylvester Saraceno
A Powerful and Poignant Coming-of-Age Tale
A NOSY YOUNG GIRL IS ON A QUEST to learn her family’s hidden truths no matter who it upsets. Ten-year-old Willie Mae doesn’t just live near the town of Feral; she’s a bit feral herself. Spending her days eavesdropping, exploring on her bike, and avoiding her brutish big brother, she’s determined to uncover the secrets adults are clearly trying to keep from her. Raised in a Holy Roller family, Willie discovers bleak realities and heart-wrenching lessons that shake her to the core of her soul. A finalist for the 2018 Southern Fried Karma Novel Contest, this splendid collage will reconnect readers with stirring memories of their own adolescence.
. . . slender forest fire of a book full of delights.
—Luis Alberto Urrea, author of The House of Broken Angels
Feral caught my breath and shot it back to girlhood so deeply, I felt my ten-year-old spine shiver. A love letter to all the girls who run in the world with their hair on fire.
—Lidia Yuknavitch, bestselling author of The Book of Joan
An impressive first novel, both as story and in its fine use of language to bring either a landscape, a face, or a room colorfully to life. Masterfully told, full of discovery and surprise, the novel is both enjoyable and rewarding.
—Peter Makuck, 2010 Pulitzer Prize nominee
About the Author
June Sylvester Saraceno comes from a family of storytellers—sea-faring folk, preachers, coffee-fueled aunties, and good-time gabbers. Her understanding of the world is an ongoing interior narrative, which she sometimes puts on the page. She worked as a waitress and bartender, collecting tips and stories, and earned an MFA in creative writing from Bowling Green State University. She currently teaches at Sierra Nevada College, Lake Tahoe. Her biggest accomplishment is raising a son, Dylan Victor. Feral, North Carolina, 1965 is her first novel.
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