Breaking TWIG by Deborah Epperson

By Deborah Epperson

Set in rural Georgia within the 1960s-70s, BREAKING TWIG is a coming-of-age novel approximately Becky (Twig) Cooper, a tender lady attempting to live to tell the tale the actual and emotional abuse of her mom, Helen, a stunning, calculating lady who can, with a trifling glance, ship the meanest cur in Sugardale, Georgia operating for its existence. now not even Twig's shiny mind's eye, prepared wit, and darkish humorousness is sufficient to support her continue to exist the escalating attacks of Helen and a brand new stepbrother, yet aid comes from an unforeseen source--Frank, her stepfather. occasionally, having one one who loves and believes in you is all a lady must continue wish alive. Over the subsequent 8 years, Becky's tumultuous fight to prevail—becoming neither a "pick" (victim) nor a "picker" (abuser)—finds her bouncing backward and forward among Helen’s abuse and Frank’s tenderness as she fights to win this determined conflict of souls. On Halloween evening, she and Helen argue and all lies are stripped away. Now, Becky needs to make a fateful decision—one that may supply her the liberty she craves or smash endlessly the hot lifestyles and love she has ultimately discovered. frequently uncooked and irreverent and sprinkled with all of the Southern flavoring present in an outstanding bowl of fowl and dumplings, BREAKING TWIG, is ready discovering love the place we least anticipate it, destroying lives with effortless lies, and understanding every one people ascertain our personal fact.

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It's a very long vacation,' he said wistfully. 'In my day we used to go on what were called reading parties, always in mountainous areas. Why?. ' 'My dear boy, you'll find them all shut. The students go to Barbizon or such places and paint in the open air. There was an institution in my day called a "sketching club"' mixed sexes' (snuffle), 'bicycles' (snuffle), 'pepper-and-salt knickerbockers, holland umbrellas, and, it was popularly thought, free love' (snuffle), such a lot of nonsense. I expect they still go on.

Must digest first,' she said. 'I'm not used to gorging like this at night. ' said Sebastian. ' 'Not all the time. ' 'Does it? ' 'Then perhaps you are an agnostic. ' 'I can't spare you a whole rosary you know. Just a decade. I've got such a long list of people. ' 'Oh, I've got some harder cases than you. ' 'She was bunked from the convent last term. I don't quite know what for. Reverend Mother found something she'd been writing. ' 'It's a new thing a missionary priest started last term. You send five bob to some nuns in Africa and they christen a baby and name her after you.

My sister is very pompous tonight,' said Sebastian, when she was gone. 'I don't think she cares for me,' I said. 'I don't think she cares for anyone much. I love her. ' 'Do you? ' 'In looks I mean and the way she talks. ' When we had drunk our port, I walked beside Sebastian's chair through the pillared hall to the library, where we sat that night and nearly every night of the ensuing month. It lay on the side of the house that overlooked the lakes; the windows were open to the stars and the scented air, to the indigo and silver, moonlit landscape of the valley and the sound of water falling in the fountain.

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