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In West Mills
In West Mills | De'Shawn Charles Winslow
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For readers of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie and The Turner House, an intimately told story about a woman living by her own rules and the rural community that struggles to understand her. Azalea "Knot" Centre is determined to live life as she pleases. Let the people of West Mills say what they will; the neighbors' gossip won't keep Knot from what she loves best: cheap moonshine, nineteenth-century literature, and the company of men. And yet, Knot is starting to learn that her freedom comes at a high price. Alone in her one-room shack, ostracized from her relatives and cut off from her hometown, Knot turns to her neighbor, Otis Lee Loving, in search of some semblance of family and home. Otis Lee is eager to help. A lifelong fixer, Otis Lee is determined to steer his friends and family away from decisions that will cause them heartache and ridicule. After his failed attempt as a teenager to help his older sister, Otis Lee discovers a possible path to redemption in the chaos Knot brings to his doorstep. But while he's busy trying to fix Knot's life, Otis Lee finds himself powerless to repair the many troubles within his own family, as the long-buried secrets of his troubled past begin to come to light. Set in an African American community in rural North Carolina from 1941 to 1987, In West Mills is a magnificent, big-hearted small-town story about family, friendship, storytelling, and the redemptive power of love.
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BittersweetBooks
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He say readin‘ ought to be something folk do ‘cause they enjoy it. Not ‘cause they scared of what might happen to ‘em if they can‘t 📖🥃🍏

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BittersweetBooks @RealLifeReading thanks!! My new, favorite reading spot 😊 3mo
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merelybookish
In West Mills | De'Shawn Charles Winslow
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Went to the library to pick up a copy of The Merry Wives of Windsor for #shakespearereadalong. Ended up checking out a few other titles. 🙂

readordierachel As one does 😉. Looks like a good stack! 3mo
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SW-T
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I just couldn‘t get into it at this time. Moving on.

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JacintaMCarter
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Books that cover multiple decades and family generations are my jam and I loved watching these characters grow. I only wish the novel was longer, because I wasn‘t ready to leave West Mills just yet.

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r2wend2
In West Mills | De'Shawn Charles Winslow
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I didn't know what to expect when starting this one, but I enjoyed it.

I would have liked a bit more understanding of many character motives than we were given though.

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Hazel0303
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This was excellent!! Highly recommend this to everyone.

Full review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2855051122

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Hazel0303
In West Mills | De'Shawn Charles Winslow
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Almost halfway through this debut and it is 🤩🤩.

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Traci1
In West Mills | De'Shawn Charles Winslow
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I won this beauty from a #GoodreadsGiveaway and it arrived today. Book mail always makes me happy. 😊

Suet624 Makes me happy too! 5mo
Tereses I used to love the Goodreads giveaways but Australia is no longer included :( 5mo
Traci1 @Tereses ☹ that stinks. 5mo
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Lauren.Archer
In West Mills | De'Shawn Charles Winslow
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This book is a phenomenal debut. It is small and subtle, but will personally sit with me quite a while. The story takes place in an African America community in North Carolina between the 1940‘s and 1980‘s. The main character “Knot” was way ahead of her time, never felt she had to follow the norms. It was so much fun to follow this very independent w0man who would not care about following any of the norms. Very good read.

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