In this powerful and ultimately uplifting new novel set in 1970s Mississippi, the acclaimed author of The Last Suppers tells of three generations of women whose lives are thrown into upheaval when a dark secret is brutally exposed . . .On a hot, humid July morning, sixteen-year-old Cissy Pickering calmly and deliberately shoots her father in the back.To their Mississippi community, the death of well-regarded attorney Richard Pickering is a fascinating scandal. To Cissy's distraught mother, Caroline, it's an unforgivable crime. But in Cissy's troubled mind, killing her father was the only way she knew to save the two people she loves most in the world. For years, Cissy has endured a devil's bargain with her father, hoping that he would leave her younger sisters alone if she kept his abuse to herself. When that thin trust shattered, she saw no other choice.Janelle Clayton, the family's matriarch, has kept her distance from her daughter, Caroline--a fact she now regrets--yet she hopes to ...
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Forgiveness Road Reviews
** I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you**
This story covers some pretty serious topics ranging from sexual abuse, mental health and racial boundaries in the 1970's. Naturally I had to read it.
I went through several emotions while reading this, disgust, pity, and sadness being some of the predominant ones. I felt disgust for what happened to Cissy and for the way her mother treated her when the truth came out. Pity fo ...more
This novel is about three generations of women in the same family who have their lives spiral out of control one hot day in July. This event changes all of their futures and what they believe about their pasts.
On a hot, humid July morning, sixteen-year-old Cissy Pickering calmly and deliberately shoots her father in the back. In her mind it was completely justified - she was trying to save her younger sisters from the sexual abuse that her father had inflicted on her for her entire life. Her mot ...more
I was excited to obtain an advanced copy of this new book, coming out in March! Once again, this author delivers a multi-layered, multi-generational story, a page turner that traverses a myriad of complex, seemingly unbearable situations,made bearable to the reader with her deft and astute writing style. Get ready because this one hits the ground running. I was hooked by page 10. The story explores how three generations of Southern Women come to terms with very heavy, very real issues. The chara ...more
Mandy gives the reader a good education about Obsessive-compulsive disorder due to PTSD. She illustrates well how Cissy, who is sexually abused, copes with life through OCD. Cissy counts obsessively to calm herself as well as compulsively makes lists of the things she is afraid of, i.e. her father. Her behavior is believable and realistic.
The reader wants her to be seen as a brave individual in a world that doubts her actions. She continues to show her strengths and consideration for others to t ...more
On a Mississippi July morning sometime in the 1970s, 16 year old Cissy Pickering empties a gun into her father’s back. She does not explain, saying only that she had to do it to protect her younger sisters. Her mother, Caroline, turns against her, but her grandmother Janelle takes Cissy’s side. Cissy is arrested, and eventually states that her father had been raping her since she was little. They had a deal: she would do whatever he wanted, provided he never touch her little sisters. And he was ...more
I received an ARC of this book through netgalley and loved it!While it deals with a difficult subject,the author did a good job of making the characters relatable and interesting.Cissy and the relationship with her mother and grandmother was a sympathetic and interesting person.I found this book riveting and really enjoyed it.
FORGIVENESS ROAD by Mandy Mikulencak is a compelling and beautifully-told story of love, family and forgiveness set during the 1970s in Mississippi. The lives of three generations of women are profoundly changed when a brutal murder exposes a horrifying family secret that tests the already fragile bonds between a grandmother, mother and daughter. The story deals with some topics such as sexual assault, mental health and racial inequality that were difficult to read about at times, but the author ...more
I won this book on the goodreads giveaway. I would give it a 3.5 if I could. It is not quite a 4, though it is very close. But that is just me putting my needs before the author's.
The book is a story simply told...straightforward with very little embellishments along the way. Having said that, it definitely is not a simple story.
The characters were the best part. What is stopping me from giving the full 4 rating, is that I would have liked to have seen a couple of the characters more fleshed out ...more