Welcome to another Bookish Friday, in which I  share excerpts from books…and connect with other bloggers, who do the same.

Let’s begin the celebration by sharing Book Beginnings, hosted by Rose City Reader; and let’s showcase The Friday 56 with Freda’s Voice.

To join in, just grab a book and share the opening lines…along with any thoughts you wish to give us; then turn to page 56 and excerpt anything on the page.

Then give us the title of the book, so others can add it to their lists!

What better way to spend a Friday!

Today’s featured book is a book by a long time favorite author, Karen White:  A Long Time Gone, which I’ve had on Pippa since August 2014.






Beginning:  (Vivien Walker Moise)

Indian Mound, Mississippi

April 2013

I was born in the same bed that my mama was born in, and her mama before her, and even further back than anybody alive could still remember.  It was as if the black wood of the bedposts were meant to root us Walker women to this place of flat fields and fertile soil carved from the great Mississippi.  But like the levees built to control the mighty river, it never held us for long.


56:  My fingers sought out the wire-and-bead ring I wore on my right hand, and I felt my lips turn upward.  “She’s so creative, with this wonderful inquisitive mind.  Always wanting to know how things are made….”


Synopsis:  “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 them for generations.


I have been wanting to read this one for a long while…now I hope to begin the New Year by bringing out all the hidden treasures on Pippa, my Kindle.

What do you think?  What are you sharing?



  1. The snippets are wonderful. I like hearing about family trees, woven with a rich legacy between the women. Sounds inspirational. It’s nice to visit your blog again and I’ll try to do it more often!


  2. Hi Lorraine,

    The opening excerpt of this book is so good and I can’t believe the amount of excellent ratings and reviews it has attracted.

    This is definitely one I would read, although it isn’t going to make it onto my list just yet I’m afraid.

    Thanks for sharing and have a good weekend 🙂



  3. wcs53

    This sounds like a good read. It doesn’t sound like something I’d normally read, but it is a new year and maybe I should try something different. Happy reading!


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