I have to admit that when I first started reading this story, I had trouble empathizing with the women that are driven to leave their children behind, but as I read on the story sucked me into each character's life and struggles. Adelaide started the tradition but there is much more to her story. Bootsie hurt her child but seemed to thrive as a nurturer later. Carol Lynn seemed to be chased by her demons the longest and Vivien was a red hot mess--but through solving the mystery of the skeleton in her back yard she finds her way and the reader ends up liking and feeling sympathy for all the characters in the story. Very well written and character driven story.
The Walker women have a tendency to chase ghosts and be gone from home for long periods of time. But no matter how far or how long gone they are they always end up coming back to the odd little house that is their home.
?We Walker women were born screaming into this world, the beginning of a lifelong quest to find what would quiet us. But whatever drove us away was never stronger than the pull of what brought us back....”
When Vivien Walker left her home in the Mississippi Delta, she swore never to go back, as generations of the women in her family had. But in the spring, nine years to the day since she’d left, that’s exactly what happens?Vivien returns, fleeing from a broken marriage and her lost dreams for children.
What she hopes to find is solace with ?Bootsie,” her dear grandmother who raised her, a Walker woman with a knack for making everything all right. But instead she finds that her grandmother has died and that her estranged mother is drifting further away from her memories. Now Vivien is forced into the unexpected role of caretaker, challenging her personal quest to find the girl she herself once was.
But for Vivien things change in ways she cannot imagine when a violent storm reveals the remains of a long-dead woman buried near the Walker home, not far from the cypress swamp that is soon to give up its ghosts. Vivien knows there is now only one way to rediscover herself?by uncovering the secrets of her family and breaking the cycle of loss that has haunted her them for generations.