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• Paperback: 234 pages
• Publisher: Firefly Southern Fiction (June 29, 2018)
The heart has a home when it has an ally.
If Millie Crossan doesn’t know anything else, she knows this one truth simply because her brother Finley grew up beside her. Charismatic Finley, eighteen months her senior, becomes Millie’s guide when their mother Posey leaves their father and moves her children from Minnesota to Memphis shortly after Millie’s tenth birthday.
Memphis is a world foreign to Millie and Finley. This is the 1970s Memphis, the genteel world of their mother’s upbringing and vastly different from anything they’ve ever known. Here they are the outsiders. Here, they only have each other. And here, as the years fold over themselves, they mature in a manicured Southern culture where they learn firsthand that much of what glitters isn’t gold. Nuance, tradition, and Southern eccentrics flavor Millie and Finley’s world as they find their way to belonging.
But what hidden variables take their shared history to leave both brother and sister at such disparate ends?
Praise for Mourning Dove
“Like sitting in a parlor and catching up on the trials and tragedies of the reader’s own extended Southern family.” –Kirkus Review
“A wise and brilliantly evocative Southern tale enhanced by Claire Fullerton’s inimitable wit. Indulge in this eloquent exploration of colorful and complex family dynamics.” –Gary Fearon, Creative Director of Southern Writers Magazine
“Set against the backdrop of a complicated 1970s South – one both forward-looking and still in love with the past – and seen through the eyes of a Minnesota girl struggling to flourish in Memphis society, Mourning Dove is the story of two unforgettable siblings with a bond so strong even death can’t break it. Claire Fullerton has given us a wise, relatable narrator in Millie. Like a trusted friend, she guides us through the confounding tale of her dazzling brother Finley, their beguiling mother Posey, and a town where shiny surfaces often belie reality. Like those surfaces, Fullerton’s prose sparkles even as she leads us into dark places, posing profound questions without any easy answers.” –Margaret Evan, Editor, Lowcountry Weekly, Former Assistant Editor of Pat Conroy
About Claire Fullerton
Claire Fullerton is the author of A Portal in Time and Dancing to an Irish Reel (Vinspire Publishing.) Her novella, Through an Autumn Window, will release in October as one of four novellas in the book Southern Seasons, by Firefly Southern Fiction. Claire’s work has appeared in Southern Writers Magazine, The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature, Celtic Life International, and 5 of the Chicken Soup for the Soul books. She is a multiple award winning short story writer, and her novel, Mourning Dove, was given a 2017 award by the Faulkner Society. Claire hails from Memphis and now lives in Malibu, California. She is represented by Julie Gwinn of The Seymour Literary Agency.