The Crocodile Bride (Hardcover)

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This gripping, swampy Southern debut had me from page one! Accurate comparisons have been made to the works of Dorothy Allison and Carson McCullers. Sunshine Turner is growing up in the 1980s in Fingertip, Louisiana with her alcoholic, troubled single father and next door to her aunt and slightly older cousin. Taking place in one sweltering summer, Sunshine finds herself alone and in peril when her cousin becomes more intrested in the concerns of a growing teen and the adults face their own demons. Interspersed with dreamy sequences of a mythical Crocodile Bride, this deeply charged book is ultimately redepmtive, but very scary before you get there. Outstanding!

— From Kelly


Set during the swampy summer in 1982, this stunning debut novel follows eleven-year-old Sunshine Turner and her troubled father Billy as the secrets of their family's past swirl around them in the one-road town of Fingertip, Louisiana.
During a hot summer of June moods, grubworms, and dark storms, Sunshine discovers stones in her chest - and learns the dangers her coming-of-age will bring about in the yellow house she shares with her father. Without the vocabulary to comprehend Billy's actions or her own changing body, Sunshine turns to an apocryphal story passed down from her grandmother: in the dark waters of the Black Bayou lives a crocodile with an insatiable appetite and a woman with a mysterious healing gift. As Sunshine's summer unspools, she turns to the one person who will need no explanation of the family secrets she carries--the crocodile bride.
The Crocodile Bride is at once a heartbreakingly tender coming-of-age tale and a lyrical, haunting reflection on generational trauma. Reminiscent of Jesmyn Ward and Helen Oyeyemi, Ashleigh Bell Pedersen is a promising new voice in American fiction.

About the Author

Ashleigh Bell Pedersen's fiction has been featured in New Stories from the South, The Kenyon Review, The Iowa Review, Design Observer, The Silent History, A Strange Object, and the New York Public Library's Library Simplified app. Her story "Small and Heavy World" was a finalist for both Best American Short Stories and a Pushcart Prize, and her story Crocodile won The Masters Review 2020 Flash Fiction Contest. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Pittsburgh, where she was the recipient of a teaching fellowship and Turow-Kinder Award. She currently resides in Austin, Texas.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781938235917
ISBN-10: 1938235916
Publisher: Hub City Press
Publication Date: May 24th, 2022
Pages: 296
Language: English