Call Your Daughter Home (Original)

Deb Spera (Author)


Featured on Oprah's Summer Reading List

For readers of Delia Owens' Where the Crawdads Sing and Sue Monk Kidd's The Secret Life of Bees, this extraordinary historical debut novel follows three fierce Southern women in an unforgettable story of motherhood and womanhood.

It's 1924 in Branchville, South Carolina and three women have come to a crossroads. Gertrude, a mother of four, must make an unconscionable decision to save her daughters. Retta, a first-generation freed slave, comes to Gertrude's aid by watching her children, despite the gossip it causes in her community. Annie, the matriarch of the influential Coles family, offers Gertrude employment at her sewing circle, while facing problems of her own at home.

These three women seemingly have nothing in common, yet as they unite to stand up to injustices that have long plagued the small town, they find strength in the bond that ties women together. Told in the pitch-perfect voices of Gertrude, Retta, and Annie, Call Your Daughter Home is an emotional, timeless story about the power of family, community, and ferocity of motherhood.

"Like Jill McCorkle and Sue Monk Kidd, Spera probes the comfort and strength women find in their own company."
-- O, The Oprah Magazine

"A mesmerizing Southern tale...Authentic, gripping, a page-turner, yet also a novel filled with language that begs to be savored."
-- Lisa Wingate, New York Times Bestselling Author of Before We Were Yours

Product Details

Price: $26.99  $24.29
Publisher: Park Row
Published Date: June 11, 2019
Pages: 352
Dimensions: 6.3 X 1.1 X 9.2 inches | 1.1 pounds
ISBN: 9780778307747
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About the Author

Deb Spera was born in Louisville, Kentucky, and lives in Los Angeles. She owns her own television company, One-Two Punch Productions, and has executive produced such shows as Criminal Minds and Army Wives. Her work's been published in Sixfold, Garden and Gun, and Yoga Journal. CALL YOUR DAUGHTER HOME is her first novel.


"Full-of-heart debut." -Garden & Gun

"Spera's sure-footed depictions of women's friendships and mother-daughter relationships are the book's strengths." - Kirkus Reviews

"Call Your Daughter Home succeeds in painting an atmospheric portrait of the pre-Depression South."

"A mesmerizing story of motherhood and womanhood."- Deep South

"A mesmerizing Southern tale, Call Your Daughter Home follows three women intertwined in struggle, unlikely friendship, and ultimately, redemption. Authentic, gripping, a page-turner, yet also a novel filled with language that begs to be savored. This book kept me up late and stayed with me long after I closed the final page." -Lisa Wingate, New York Times Bestselling Author of Before We Were Yours

"Deb Spera is a master of voice, a master of deep-diving access to the roiling depths of human identity. These three women, in their fierce struggle for values and self, speak to those struggles in all of us, men and women both. Call Your Daughter Home is an exhilarating and important book."
- Robert Olen Butler, Pulitzer Prize winning author of A Good Scent from a Strange Mountain

"Deb Spera is an amazing talent, and a powerful female voice. She channels the women in this gripping novel - Gertrude, Oretta, and Annie - like someone who has lived inside them. I cannot recommend it strongly enough."
-Mark Bowden, New York Times and International bestselling author of Black Hawk Down

"Call Your Daughter Home is a stunning and welcome addition to Southern Literature. Set in South Carolina during the 20s, it tells a powerful story of women, family, class, and race."
-Chris Offutt, Author of Country Dark

"A ferociously moving story of motherhood and justice, relayed through a trio of radiantly unforgettable voices. Deb Spera is a conjurer of the first rank."
-Jonathan Miles, New York Times bestselling author of Dear American Airlines and Want Not

"Call Your Daughter Home is a bold and mesmerizing debut set in a time and place lost to history; a world rescued now by Deb Spera, a talented storyteller. With lush language, Spera illuminates a powerful story of women, of motherhood and survival."
-Natashia Deón, Author of Grace