by Celeste Hollister

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Reprieve by Celeste Hollister

“Don’t you think someone might miss him—that man we found?” Meredith asked. “He must have a family, someone who wonders day after day where he is and whether he’s safe and why he left. I know what that’s like to wait and wait for someone who never comes home.”

Gale gaped at her.

Meredith said, “Someone needs to know he’s never coming home.”


In the summer of 92, Gale and Meredith find the body of a dead black man in the river of their all-white hometown. They go for help, but when the search doesn't turn up a body, Meredith's father, the police chief, accuses them of making it all up. That night, Gale runs away from home, turning Meredith's whole world inside out.

Thirteen years later, Meredith finds Gale's picture in a magazine. Desperate to make sense of her life, she tracks him down and invokes a childhood promise that will lead them back home.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152460025
Publisher: Celeste Hollister
Publication date: 12/22/2015
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 453 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Celeste Hollister is a novelist, a mom, a travel writer, and a teacher. She writes characters who struggle with racial identity and LGBT+ representation. She graduated from Texas State with a degree in writing, taught in the public school system for a decade, and lived in Korea for a year. She loves wine, cats, cookies, and traveling by train. She currently lives in San Marcos with her daughter and their friendly feline overlord.

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Reprieve 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
cookhouse More than 1 year ago
Coming from a similar small town, I recognized the similarities here. The story hooked me from the very beginning. This author's ability to "paint a scene" drew me in and every time I reached the end of the chapter, I wanted to jump right into the next one. I look forward to reading more from this author.