Doug BrendelÕs astonishing new novel



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Did black lives matter in 1950?

Especially the lives of black girls?


In a freak accident, the brilliant Maddie is struck down — and institutionalized.


When her little sister Ruby learns that Maddie is pregnant — assaulted by an asylum employee — Ruby fights for the life of the baby.


Her only hope: the slick white womanizing salesman Jake, and the strangely tranquil woman named Alice who managed to bring him to the altar.


Then Ruby learns that Maddie is still being raped — and she responds with shocking violence.


The corkscrew path of this breathtaking story will leave you asking yourself what you really believe.


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