The Accidentals


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6.0 X 1.1 X 8.9 inches | 1.05 pounds
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About the Author

Minrose Gwin teaches English at the University of Tennessee. She is a great-granddaughter of Washington Lafayette Clayton.


"THE ACCIDENTALS is a major work by someone whose earlier novels already marked her as one of this generation's great novelists...And it is not only character and plot that make this book so readable; the writing is pure poetry. Gwin has done it again!"--Margaret Randall, author of Time's Language: Selected Poems 1959-2018
"Evocatively depicting the small town of Opelika, Miss., in 1957, Gwin (Promise) tells the heart-rending story of a mother feeling trapped in her life, whose death throws her family into turmoil. A satisfying fable of errors and consequences in a tumultuous era."--Publishers Weekly
"If Eudora Welty channeled Charles Dickens she'd have written this novel about orphans and strays and the accidental ways they lose and find each other. It's a happy, sad, sweet page-turner, a great book."--Debra Monroe, author of On the Outskirts of Normal
"...Minrose Gwin tenderly recounts the lives of two sisters shattered by the shocking loss of their mother. The unique voices of outsiders enrich their story, and Gwin pulls together the threads of all characters' lives into an elegant and surprising tapestry."--Diane Chamberlain, New York Times bestselling author of The Dream Daughter
"THE ACCIDENTALS may be Minrose Gwin's best yet. A family saga set in the black-and-white South of a generation ago, every page of this gripping drama shines with unexpected flashes of beauty and brilliance. A gorgeous book."--George Bishop, author of The Night of the Comet
"The Accidentals is a whirlwind of a book, spanning sixty years of American history as experienced by one southern family. Regardless of your attitudes on abortion, civil rights, and the space race, this novel will lift you out of your comfort zone before shaking you out of your complacency."--Sharon Oard Warner, author of Sophie's House of Cards
"This is the story of a family, but mostly, it's the epic tale of two sisters, and, in the end, we are left with sublime memories of empty sparrow nests, chicken "coke awe vine," and reticulating giraffes. A stunning book you will want to read and re-read."--Margaret McMullan, bestselling author of Where the Angels Lived
"An important story about women's reproductive rights and the consequences of limited choices, the novel will transport readers to the rural Mississippi of a bygone era. The story offers unique and insightful perspectives on family, race, forgiveness, and personal agency. An artfully crafted tale..."--Kirkus Reviews
"A sensitive coming-of-age story...saturated with heartbreak but still offering hope."--Booklist