What an amazing coming-of-age book based in the south! I loved the background of being a moonshiner as well as the look into a young girls’ struggle with an eating disorder. Having grown up down the road from Wilkes County, I had heard about “shining.” However, I was not aware of all of the dynamics of being a moonshiner or part of their family. The dynamics of family relationships, loss, violence, prejudices of the community, ostracization by schoolmates, and fear will move you and have you flipping the pages to see what the Sasser family will face next.
A shocking but emotional ending to the book, but the author has done a wonderful job of sharing life in the NC mountains. I highly recommend reading this book!
Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Publishing for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.