The Gone Dead

The Gone Dead

A Novel

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Baker & Taylor
Returning to her ramshackle home in the Mississippi Delta after thirty years, Billie James investigates the accident that killed her famous poet father as well as rumors that she went missing the day he died.

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An electrifying first novel from "a riveting new voice in American fiction" (George Saunders): A young woman returns to her childhood home in the American South and uncovers secrets about her father's life and death

Billie James' inheritance isn't much: a little money and a shack in the Mississippi Delta. The house once belonged to her father, a renowned black poet who died unexpectedly when Billie was four years old. Though Billie was there when the accident happened, she has no memory of that day—and she hasn't been back to the South since.

 Thirty years later, Billie returns but her father's home is unnervingly secluded: her only neighbors are the McGees, the family whose history has been entangled with hers since the days of slavery. As Billie encounters the locals, she hears a strange rumor: that she herself went missing on the day her father died. As the mystery intensifies, she finds out that this forgotten piece of her past could put her in danger.

Inventive, gritty, and openhearted, The Gone Dead is an astonishing debut novel about race, justice, and memory that lays bare the long-concealed wounds of a family and a country.



Baker
& Taylor

Returning to her ramshackle home in the Mississippi Delta after 30 years, Billie investigates the accident that killed her famous poet father as well as rumors that she went missing the day he died. A first novel. 100,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York :, Ecco,, [2019]
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062490698
Branch Call Number: FIC BEN
Characteristics: 293 pages ;,22 cm.

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JCLGreggW Apr 29, 2019

An intoxicating literary mystery about a young woman who inherits her childhood home in the Mississippi Delta after the death of her father, a poet who died under mysterious circumstances. Deeply rooted in the land's complex and layered history. Atmospheric, character-driven, and riveting.

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