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  • In West Mills, De'Shawn Charles Winslow
    Bloomsbury Publishing, 9781635573404, June 4, 2019 (Fiction)


    “From the first pages of In West Mills, which begins in 1941 and spans more than six decades, I knew that the main character, Knot, would be someone I’d follow to the ends of the earth. Stubborn, brilliant, dysfunctional, and reckless, she barrels and crashes through her life, often with a jar of moonshine in her hands."

    -Elissa Sweet, Bank Square Books, Mystic, CT

    “Azalea Centre knows who she is and what she wants, and everyone else can just be damned. That attitude impacts just about everybody in the tiny town of West Mills, North Carolina, for better or worse. And that is the beauty of this debut. So much of what seems will be the worst turns out OK as folks forgive without forgetting and move forward. A beautiful story about strong women and the men who love them.”

    -Anne Holman, The King’s English, Salt Lake City, UT


    “It’s 1941 in West Mills, a small and mostly African-American North Carolina town, and Azalea ‘Knot’ Centre is totally uninterested in conforming to anyone’s expectations of her. She’s fierce, intelligent, and confident in her love of booze and sex. And when her parents cast her out, she finds her family in a handful of close friends and neighbors...all of whom have problems of their own, of course. De’Shawn Charles Winslow has created a terrific group of characters and put together a wonderful story of lifelong friendship — and the secrets and choices that go along with that territory.”

    -Erika VanDam, RoscoeBooks, Chicago, IL

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