"A captivating tale of loss and redemption that describes the power of a love as complex as the place and times in which Maddy lives."

A young girl growing up in small-town segregated Mississippi in the 1960s, Maddy Culpepper's life is calm and ordinary. In spite of being raised in a working poor family, she has lived an insular life in a family held together by the strength and wits of her mother. But life begins to crumble when her mother abandons the home to tend to her youngest child, an infant who is hospitalized. Maddy and her three young brothers are left in the care of their father, a combat veteran possessed by a tragic family secret. As he slides into an alcohol-soaked world of guilt and shame, Maddy must take on responsibilities no child should face, and she becomes a force to contend with in her own right.


Mulberry was the winner of the inaugural Lee Smith Novel Prize from Carolina Wren Press, a Finalist for the Crook's Corner Book Prize 2017, and  the winner of the 2016 Independent Book Publisher Awards Silver medal for Best Fiction--South Region. 

Order it now from Blair or Amazon or Powell's Books or Barnes and Nobles or Books A Million or from your local bookstore.

Booksellers you may order Mulberry through regular distribution channels. ISBN 978-0-932112-87-3