by Karen White
April 5, 2016
Available in: Trade Size (reprint)
First Time in Paperback - Trade Edition
The New York Times bestselling author of A Long
Time Gone explores a Southern family’s buried
history, which will change the life of the woman who
unearths it, secret by shattering secret.
Two years after the death of her husband, Merritt Heyward
receives unexpected news—Cal’s family home in
Beaufort, South Carolina, bequeathed by his reclusive
grandmother, now belongs to Merritt.
In Beaufort, the secrets of Cal’s unspoken-of past
reside among the pluff mud and jasmine of the ancestral
Heyward home on the Bluff. This unknown legacy, now
Merritt’s, will change and define her as she navigates
her new life—a life complicated by the arrival of her
too young stepmother and ten-year-old half brother.
Soon, in this house of strangers, Merritt is forced into
unraveling the Heyward family past as she faces her own
fears and finds the healing she needs in the salt air of the
Originally published May 2015 in hardcover for NAL.
After playing hooky one day in the seventh grade to read Gone With the Wind, Karen White knew she wanted to be a writer—or become Scarlett O'Hara. In spite of these aspirations, Karen pursued a degree in business and graduated cum laude with a BS in Management from Tulane University. Ten years later, after leaving the business world, she fulfilled her dream of becoming a writer and wrote her first book. In the Shadow of the Moon was published in August, 2000. This book was nominated for the prestigious RITA award in 2001 in two separate categories. Her books have since been nominated for numerous national contests including three more RITAs, has twice been a finalist for the SIBA (Southeastern Booksellers Alliance) Fiction Book of the Year, and has twice won the National Readers’ Choice Award for Learning to Breathe and On Folly Beach.
Karen currently writes what she refers to as ‘grit lit’—southern women’s fiction—and has also expanded her horizons into writing a bestselling mystery series set in Charleston, South Carolina. Her sixteenth novel and first hardcover, The Time Between, was published in June 2013 by New American Library, a division of Penguin Publishing Group, and debuted on the New York Times bestseller list at number 25.
Karen hails from a long line of Southerners but spent most of her growing up years in London, England and is a graduate of the American School in London. She currently lives near Atlanta, Georgia with her husband and two children, and a spoiled Havanese dog (who appears in several of her books), Quincy. When not writing, she spends her time reading, scrapbooking, playing piano, and avoiding cooking.
Her seventeenth novel—the fourth book in the Tradd Street series—Return to Tradd Street, was published in January 2014. June 2014 will see the release of her second hardcover, A Long Time Gone, set in the Mississippi Delta, and in July Peguin will publish the anthology Grand Central, a collaboration with nine other authors.
Karen loves hearing from readers. Please email her at AuthorKarenWhite@gmail.com or write to Karen White, PO Box 623, Roswell, Georgia 30077.
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