Conch Pearl

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$18.95  $17.62
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6.0 X 9.0 X 0.73 inches | 1.05 pounds
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About the Author
Born and raised in England, Julie Justicz moved to the Bahamas when she was ten, and then to the United States as a teenager. She earned a law degree from the University of Chicago and received an MFA in creative writing from Vermont College of Fine Arts. As an attorney and advocate, Julie currently works on civil rights issues in Chicago. She lives in Chicago with her spouse, Mary.
"Conch Pearl grabbed me like a riptide. The plight of young Dede is so immersive and thrilling that I wanted to devour the book in a single sitting, yet the prose is so beautiful and visceral that I wanted to luxuriate over every delicious sentence. The solution, of course, was to race to the ending to find out what happened, then read this marvelous gem again."-Abby Gerri is the author of The Wildlands, The Lightkeepers, The Last Animal, and a forthcoming short story collection, The Body Farm. "Three lives collide with tragic results in this propulsive and transporting novel. At the center of Conch Pearl is Dede, a twelve-year-old British girl, dragged to Grand Bahama Island by her mother who finds work and love in a casino. Dede, unsupervised, lonely, yearning for home, seeks companionship from two neighbors, Ethel, an aloof Bahamian woman, and the too-friendly handyman Johnny McGuinn. Justicz's profound insights into her characters and her unfolding of the risks they must face are stunning. Conch Pearl is a grip-you-by-the-throat page turner about love and survival, that is profound and deeply satisfying. This is a novel you won't forget."-Lynn Sloan is the author of two novels, Midstream and Principles of Navigation, and the story collection This Far Isn't Far Enough.