Let the Willows Weep
Compared by readers to Dorothy Allison’s Bastard out of Carolina and the writing of Harper Lee and Truman Capote, Let the Willows Weep is a keenly observed and unflinching look at small-town life.
Birddog Harlin is at the heart of an increasingly fractured and dysfunctional family. Adored by her eldest brother and father, and facing constant tough love and disapproval from her mother, as Birddog grows from a girl to a woman she’ll navigate the struggles and indignations of daily life in poor, rural America. Still, while her hardscrabble life promises limited prospects, it is punctuated by moments of connection, kindness, and even love.
Focused on patterns of behavior that echo down generations, the grit required to keep moving forward, and the drive to rise beyond one’s circumstances, this heartbreaking novel shines a light on the push and pull of family, and the simple human desire for wider horizons.