"An accurate and heart-wrenching picture of the sensibilities of the American South." Kirkus Book Reviews
The heart has a home when it has an ally.
If Millie Crossan doesn't know anything else, she knows this one truth simply because her brother Finley grew up beside her. Charismatic Finley, eighteen months her senior, becomes Millie's guide when their mother Posey leaves their father and moves her children from Minnesota to Memphis shortly after Millie's tenth birthday.
Memphis is a world foreign to Millie and Finley. This is the 1970s Memphis, the genteel world of their mother's upbringing and vastly different from anything they've ever known. Here they are the outsiders. Here, they only have each other. And here, as the years fold over themselves, they mature in a manicured Southern culture where they learn firsthand that much of what glitters isn't gold. Nuance, tradition, and Southern eccentrics flavor Millie and Finley's world as they find their way to belonging.
But what hidden variables take their shared history to leave both brother and sister at such disparate ends?
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Set against the backdrop of a complicated 1970s South - one both forward-looking and still in love with the past - and seen through the eyes of a Minnesota girl struggling to flourish in Memphis society, Mourning Dove is the story of two unforgettable siblings with a bond so strong even death can't break it. Claire Fullerton has given us a wise, relatable narrator in Millie. Like a trusted friend, she guides us through the confounding tale of her dazzling brother Finley, their beguiling mother Posey, and a town where shiny surfaces often belie reality. Like those surfaces, Fullerton's prose sparkles even as she leads us into dark places, posing profound questions without any easy answers.
Margaret Evans, Editor, Lowcountry Weekly, Beaufort, SC
Former Editorial Assistant to Pat Conroy
Claire Fullerton knows how to get a voice going. I'm talking distinctive, authoritative, original as all get out. Narrator Millie Crossan will grab you by your high-ball-holding hand and set you down in privileged Memphis with her family and not let you go. Get ready for the Crossan layers to be peeled back and universal struggles exposed.
Bren Mc Clain, author of the award-winning novel One Good Mama Bone
In Mourning Dove, Claire Fullerton deftly weaves the story of a Memphis family into a fine fabric laden with delicious intricacy and heart. A true Southern storyteller.
Laura Lane McNeal, Bestselling author of Dollbaby
Every sentence tells a complete story in and of itself. A rare accomplishment by any writer! What an excellent novel--put it on your Must Read List for 2018! Millie Crossan tells the story of her brother Finley, life in the South, and the anguish and joy of growing up in an eclectic and ever-changing household with rare poetic prose. Such a wonderful book.
Valerie MacEwan, Editor The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature