Take a trip to the South Carolina Lowcountry with Deb Spera and her novel, Call Your Daughter Home! Hosted on Crowdcast, the event will feature an interview with Deb followed by an audience Q&A.
“Call Your Daughter Home is a bold and mesmerizing debut set in a time and place lost to history; a world rescued now by Deb Spera, a talented storyteller. With lush language, Spera illuminates a powerful story of women, of motherhood and survival.”—Natashia Deón, Author of Grace
About the Book:
In South Carolina in 1924, hardship is commonplace as the region is still recovering from the infamous boll weevil infestation that devastated the land and the economy. Gertrude, a mother of four, must make an unconscionable decision to save her daughters from starvation or die at the hands of an abusive husband. Retta is navigating a harsh world as a first-generation freed slave, still employed by the Coles, influential plantation proprietors who once owned her family. Annie is the matriarch of the Coles family and owner of the Branchville Sewing Circle, a business left to her by her father when he passed. Now she must come to terms with a traumatic and terrible truth that’s poisoned her family for decades.
These three women seemingly have nothing in common, yet they unite to stand up to the terrible injustices that have long plagued the small town. As they come to help each other, they find strength in the bond that ties women together. Compelling and captivating, Spera captures the essence of the South with her evocative characters and setting, based on real people and the rural town where her mother and grandmother grew up. The atmospheric and historic details are derived from Spera’s research and the family stories that were passed down to her.
About the Author:
Deb Spera was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two of her three children. She owns her own television company, One-Two Punch Productions, and has executive produced such shows as Criminal Minds, Army Wives, Reaper, and Finding Carter. She is a finalist for The Montana Prize in fiction and a two-time finalist for the Kirkwood literary prize. Her work has been published in Sixfold, Garden and Gun, The Wascana Review, and L.A. Yoga Journal. She's the co-writer of the play, On the Road To Kitty Hawk, produced by Actors Theater Of Louisville.