In this powerful and ultimately uplifting new novel set in 1970s Mississippi, the acclaimed author of The Last Suppers tells of three generations of women whose lives are thrown into upheaval when a dark secret is brutally exposed . . .
On a hot, humid July morning, sixteen-year-old Cissy Pickering calmly and deliberately shoots her father in the back.
To their Mississippi community, the death of well-regarded attorney Richard Pickering is a fascinating scandal. To Cissy’s distraught mother, Caroline, it’s an unforgivable crime. But in Cissy’s troubled mind, killing her father was the only way she knew to save the two people she loves most in the world. For years, Cissy has endured a devil’s bargain with her father, hoping that he would leave her younger sisters alone if she kept his abuse to herself. When that thin trust shattered, she saw no other choice.
Janelle Clayton, the family’s matriarch, has kept her distance from her daughter, Caroline—a fact she now regrets—yet she hopes to do right by her granddaughter. Cissy has always been an unusual girl, given to compulsive counting and list-making, but Janelle believes her implicitly. When Cissy is remanded to the Greater Mississippi State Hospital, a caring psychiatrist tries to help, yet new revelations drive Cissy to retreat even further from reality. It will fall to Janelle, despite her own failing health, to become Cissy’s advocate and rescuer. And over the course of an unlikely road trip, Janelle and Cissy will confront the truths they’ve hidden from the world and themselves, finding courage, deep-rooted resilience, and a bond tender and tough enough to transform them both.
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About the Author
Mandy Mikulencak has been a writer her entire working life. First, as a journalist then as an editor and PR specialist for two national nonprofits and a United Nations agency. Today she lives in the mountains of Southwest Colorado with her husband. Readers can visit her website at www.mandymikulencak.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"Only our minds keep those dark moments alive and breathing, and only our minds can put them to rest." A heartbreaking, yet amazing journey of a young girl, named Cissy. She has secrets that nobody should bare and yet a strong constitution and a delightful soul that will save her from hatred and allow her to someday love and once more trust. This novel is set in the 1970's in Mississippi. Cissy finds herself in a psychiatric facility for murder. Her biggest and only advocate is her grandmother who not only believes in her granddaughter, but will do whatever she must to rescue her from this punishment. This includes kidnapping! The excursion is liberating for both granddaughter and grandmother and truly an in-depth look at heartache, pain, abuse and love to the maximum. This is an excellent story and the writing is phenomenal! Well done!
Forgiveness Road by Mandy Mikulencak This book hit home and made me think of my mother, now deceased, and the story of abuse she revealed to me the day her father died. I was a freshman in college when she unburdened herself and did my best to absorb her pain. Her mother was not there for her but her grandmother was...and her grandmother had been in a mental institution so...there were definitely parallels in this book that made me think of not only my family but also of friends who told me of similar abuse in their own lives. This book was well written and not easy to read due to the weighty issues that were dealt with – incest, child abuse, cutting, psychological care/institutionalization, bigotry, the race divide, religion, God/dess, cancer, domestic battery, dysfunctional families...and more. Cissy is a truly good person with an outlook on life that was interesting to read. She was mature for her years and there for her sisters in so many ways. She developed coping skills to deal with the physical and mental abuse her father handed out and these coping mechanisms at times made her seem peculiar. Even after reading the ending of the book I am unsure just what Cissy will end up doing and almost wish there had been an epilogue so I would know just what happens next. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars