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Betty Reviews

Betty by Tiffany McDaniel


Tiffany McDaniel

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Imprint: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
Publication date: 20 Aug 2020
ISBN: 9781474617529

A stunning, lyrical novel set in the rolling foothills of the Appalachians in which a young girl discovers stark truths that will haunt her for the rest of her life. A punch-in-the-gut of a novel you won't be able to forget.

3 stars out of 5
Sarah Gilmartin
15 Aug 2020

"Flawed but important novel about the legacy of abuse passed down through generations"

What saves Betty from a total descent into melodrama is the very serious intent that underpins each section. McDaniel is never flippant with her themes or characters. Each of the siblings is vibrant in their own right, and the parents in particular are believable, fully rounded creations. Readers may be shocked at the details of abuse within the family, but it is the broader culture of sexism and racism in small-town America that stays in the memory. Betty is not an easy read but it’s an important book that seeks to free those in the present from the injustices of the past.