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Betty

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 29/07/2021
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Betty
Blistering and beautiful
This is, quite simply, one of the best books I have read this year. A blisteringly powerful, beautifully written story about Betty, a girl with a white mot... READ MORE
Beth at Chesterfield
Betty
A timeless, breathtaking coming-of-age tale.
This is the kind of book that will stay with you forever. It places an unforgiving lens over the devastating effects of generational trauma - of course it’... READ MORE
Carly Tremayne
Betty
My favourite book
I adore Betty. I have read it twice in the past year and I imagine I will read it about once a year for the rest of my life. I have read few books that I l... READ MORE
Martha
Betty
Heartbreakingly beautiful
Betty is a heartbreaking but beautiful read! It is harrowing, brutally honest, and completely raw in the way it portrays the realities of life growing up i... READ MORE
Victoria at Aviemore

Synopsis

Waterstones Fiction Book of the Month for August 2021 Born in a bathtub in 1954 to a Cherokee father and white mother, Betty is the sixth of eight siblings. The world they inhabit is one of poverty and violence - both from outside the family and also, devastatingly, from within. When her family's darkest secrets are brought to light, Betty has no choice but to reckon with the brutal history hiding in the hills, as well as the heart-wrenching cruelties and incredible characters she encounters in her rural town of Breathed, Ohio. Despite the hardship she faces, Betty is resilient. Her curiosity about the natural world, her fierce love for her sisters and her father's brilliant stories are kindling for the fire of her own imagination, and in the face of all she bears witness to, Betty discovers an escape: she begins to write. A heartbreaking yet magical story, Betty is a punch-in-the-gut of a novel - full of the crushing cruelty of human nature and the redemptive power of words.

  • Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
  • ISBN: 9781474617543
  • Number of pages: 480
  • Weight: 360g
  • Dimensions: 196 x 126 x 32 mm

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Betty
A haunting book
Read Betty and it left me almost traumatised. Disgusting racism, horrendous incest and human cruelty. Kittens in the blanket and tying a child to the rai... READ MORE
Vicky Drake
Betty
Enchanting and Sad
I felt like Betty started off as a bit of a slow burner. McDaniel’s really took her time to explain the family tree and dedicated many chapters setting the... READ MORE
Penelope Lavender
Betty
Best book of 2021
This was by far my favourite book of 2021. You can tell this is a deeply personal story for McDaniel as she is able to bring her characters to life to an a... READ MORE
Martha
Betty
Rich in culture and magical realism
‘A girl comes of age against the knife, Betty’. ~ Born in 1950s Arkansas, Betty is the daughter of Landon Carpenter, healer and storyteller, and Alka, a br... READ MORE
Katie Walters
Betty
Deeply moving.
Wow! I’m not really sure where to start with reviewing this book! It fairly took my breath away! This is a book based on the author’s mother, Betty. Be... READ MORE
Farmer Giles
Betty
A soon to be classic!
Betty is a heartbreakingly beautiful novel chronicling the experiences of Betty (based on Tiffany McDaniel’s mother) and her family as they navigate racism... READ MORE
Robyn  Vlok