Summer of the Redeemers

Summer of the Redeemers

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by Carolyn Haines

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Surprising events, most of them sinister, catch the reader unaware in this coming-of-age story set in rural Mississippi in 1963. Narrator Rebekkah Rich, an independent and smart 13-year-old, is secretly thrilled to be staying at home on Kali Oka Road for her summer vacation. Busloads of religious zealots from The Blood of the Redeemer Church have set up headquarters at the end of the street, and, even more intriguing, a glamorous young woman, Nadine Andrews, has moved in nearby with her show horses and has promised to give the delighted teenager riding lessons. Kali Oka is drenched in history and haunted by tales of a murdered baby, stories never far from Bekkah's mind as she spies on the grimly repressive church members and becomes further involved with Nadine, who seems to be behaving in an increasingly bizarre and dangerous fashion. Meanwhile, the civil rights movement is reaching Kali Oka and Bekkah's parents, liberals and intellectuals, are at risk from local racists. While her parents are out of town, Bekkah digs deeper into myth and reality. Why are there so many new graves on Redeemer property? Who is the woman, naked underneath a bloody dress, who seems to be following her? Harrowing, richly atmospheric and sharp-edged, this hardcover debut maintains suspense until its final pages. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternates . (June)
Library Journal
The security and comfort of life on Kali Oka Road in rural Mississippi is altered forever with the arrival of the Blood of the Redeemers Church and the mysterious Nadine Andrews. Bekkah Rich, a headstrong and impulsive 13-year-old with a passion for horses, unwittingly initiates a disturbing chain of events. In defiance of her mother, Bekkah begins to work at Nadine's horse farm. But even the attractions of horses cannot divert her curiosity about the fanatical religious group. Bekkah is convinced they have hurt a young woman and may be a danger to Nadine, but her interference only helps to fuel community tensions and contributes to a tragic killing. Part murder mystery, part coming-of-age novel, Bekkah's story evokes the emotions and rhythms of a Southern summer. This hardcover debut should appeal to a wide readership. [Doubleday Book Club and Literary Guild selections.]-Jan Blodgett, St. Mary's Cty. Records Ctr. & Archives, Leonardtown, Md.

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River City Publishing
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6.10(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.29(d)

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