D. W. Hogan
In 1956 the worst thing a teenage girl could do was to become pregnant. Joanna, Prissy, Jessie, and Mary become lifelong friends when they are incarcerated in the Frances Weston Home for Unwed Mothers in Knoxville, Tennessee. Together they endure the culture of shame and soul crushing tactics dispensed by the Catholic Nuns who coerce the teenagers into relinquishing their illegitimate babies. The four young womens’ vow of friendship bonds them as they rebuild their lives in the Deep South during the turbulent 1960’s, while the roles of women and single mothers evolve in the decades that follow. When tragedy strikes, they must decide whether to keep their past secrets or discover the fates of the children they were forced to give away.
New England Book Festival - Honorable Mention
Southern California Book Festival - Honorable Mention
"Hogan’s prose is pared down but deliberate, reflecting the staid resilience of her central characters. The narrative, while alarming, is very much grounded in the reality of the time and place in which it’s set... An elegantly written and damning narrative."
"This novel is a great read. It is also a cautionary tale. If we fail to recognize the truths of Hogan's novel, then girls and women may, quite possibly, be forced to face similar dangers in the future."
—Rickie Solinger, Author of Wake Up Little Susie: Single Pregnancy and Race before Roe v. Wade
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