Named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books of 2012!
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The Secret Sense of Wildflower “A quietly powerful story, at times harrowing but ultimately a joy to read.” – Kirkus Reviews
Kirkus Reviews’ starred review for “books of exceptional merit” and named to Kirkus Reviews’ Best of 2012!
“In this novel, life turns toward a dark horizon for a precocious adolescent grieving for her father in 1941 Tennessee.
“It’s difficult to harbor secrets in a rural mountain town of maybe 80 souls, especially when adult siblings live within spitting distance of the family home. Most of the townsmen work at the sawmill, and most of the young women have been harassed at one time or another by creepy Johnny Monroe. But Louisa May McAllister, nicknamed Wildflower, knows that revealing her frequent forays to the cemetery, where she talks to her beloved late father, would only rile her embittered mother. She also knows to hide her “secret sense,” as it would evoke scorn from all save eccentric Aunt Sadie, who shares her tomboy niece’s gift.
“Those secrets come at a cost when, on one of her graveyard visits, Louisa May ignores her premonition of danger. Read more.
Susan Gabriel writes with passion, humor and insight about Southerners, both wise and wounded; teens, both ordinary and odd; and the people who love them, both explicit and unconscious. While she at times has written plays, poetry and nonfiction (see her blog), Susan primarily writes southern fiction and short stories. Discover more about Susan Gabriel here.