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The Mercy Seat Cover Image
ISBN: 9780802129611
Availability: Out of stock, usually available in 1-5 days
Published: Grove Press - April 16th, 2019

Under the canopy of oppressive heat and humidity, small town Louisiana residents in 1943 brace for an exciting (for some) and horrific (for others) event. Willie Jones, 18, will be executed at midnight for the rape of a white girl. Tensions mount as the narrative moves quietly from one burdened character to another, each playing a role in the condemning of a young man who loved Grace. Resigned to his fate, Willie spends his last month anticipating his death, while his parents, Frank and Elma do the same, knowing their son's innocence will not matter. Heartsick with his options, the prosecuting attorney is forced by Klan members to choose life for his own son, Gabe, or that of Willie Jones. Simply told, this complex web of humanity explodes when the evening takes the worst possible turn!

Review by Jane

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My Sister, the Serial Killer: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9780385544238
Availability: On our shelves now at one or more of our stores
Published: Doubleday - November 20th, 2018

A sharp, deceptively breezy thriller which lures you in with brilliantly wicked wit and then hits you with true emotional weight as our narrator - stolid, capable, unlovely - must decide how far she's willing to go to protect her gorgeous but homicidal sister, while navigating the thorny memories of their violent family history.

Review by Sarah