Where wild peaches grow A novel

Cade Bentley

Book - 2022

"Nona "Peaches" Davenport, abandoned by the man she loved and betrayed by family, left her Natchez, Mississippi, home fifteen years ago and never looked back. She's forged a promising future in Chicago as a professor of African American Studies. Nona even finds her once-closed heart persuaded by a new love. But that's all shaken when her father's death forces her to return to everything she's tried to forget. Julia Curtis hasn't forgiven her sister for deserting the family. Just like their mother, Nona walked away from Julia when she needed her most. And Julia doesn't feel guilty for turning to Nona's old flame, Marcus, for comfort. He helped Julia build a new life. She has a child, a career..., and a determination to move on from old family wounds. Upon Nona's return to Natchez, a cautious reunion unfolds, and everything Nona and Julia thought they knew--about themselves, each other, and those they loved--will be tested. Unpacking the truth about why Nona left may finally heal their frayed bond--or tear it apart again, forever." --

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Domestic fiction
Seattle : Lake Union Publishing [2022]
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Cade Bentley (author)
Physical Description
291 pages ; 21 cm
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Review by Booklist Review

Estranged sisters Nona (affectionately nicknamed "Peaches") and Julia haven't spoken in 20 years. Not since the night when Nona confided to Julia her plan to elope with her boyfriend, Marcus. Betrayed and tormented, Nona left Natchez for Chicago and started a new life as a professor of African American Studies. With their ne'er-do-well father on the run from police and their mother, tired of his lies and cheating, gone, too, Julia had more or less raised Nona, with their grandmother's help. Julia's own feelings of abandonment and betrayal are evident as she takes up with her sister's former fiancé. Their mother, Cat, had been Julia's best friend and confidante, but now she's dead to Julia, never heard from or spoken of again. Julia could understand why Cat left--but not why she stayed gone. Now, their father has died, and Nona grudgingly returns to Mississippi to pay her respects but is not happy about seeing the family who she believes has broken faith with her once again. Bentley, who also writes under the names Abby L. Vandiver and Abby Colette, has written a captivating story of miscommunication, secrets, lies, and forgiveness, beautifully told with rich descriptions of Black culture and history.

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