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  1. says:

    “Why you so set on bein lonely Knot” Otis Lee Loving Knot’s best friend and neighbor asks the uestion but I’m not sure I ever

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    Hats off to debut author De’Shawn Charles Winslow I’m memorizing his name De’Shawn Charles Winslow is sooooooo talente

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    Following the lives of a group of people in North Carolina West Mills the book opens with a young woman telling

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    What a debut Everyone should put De'Shawn Charles Winslow on their list of authors to watchThis wasn't on my radar at all but Buzzfeed listed this as a must read for summer and the short synopsis was all I needed to sell me It was a delightful read a shorter one too that was simply just such a feel good book Feel good not because the characters had it easy they most certainly didn't but it was like coming home when I op

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    I loved the heartfelt debut In West Mills by De’Shawn Charles Winslow In this charming story about an African American family in North Carol

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    When you think of a historical family saga you probably start thinking about large estates upstairsdownstairs intrigue and melodrama IN WEST MILLS delivers on the drama but it removes the wealth and whiteness usually associated with this subgenre It's long overdue and we're lucky that Winslow is one of the writers doing itThe central figures of this novel are Knot and Otis Lee neighbors in a small North Caro

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    In West Mills is not a debut novel It can’t be From the first line of the novel I knew I was in for a Southern adventure What I didn’t anticipate was the familiarity of the journey Azalea “Knot” Centre is the woman other wo

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    De’Shawn Charles Winslow’s debut novel In West Mills spans from ‪1941‬ to 1987 twenty six year old Ornery Azalea aka knot moves to a ‪small black‬ community in West Mills North Carolina to get away from her family and to keep her drinking her over love of moonshine on the lo Knot is living her best life with booze and books Lol

Her male best friend Otis Lee lives next door with his “Gossip ueen” wif

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    375 stars Thanks to NetGalley and Bloomsbury Publishing for a chance to read and review this book Published June 4 2019 This was a first time read of anything by Winslow and I am not sure exactly what is was about this book but I loved it I think it was a mixture of things I am always amazed by a man that can write a woman's part so well Even if it was a character like 'Knot' rough and tumble mouthy and often with a drink in her hand than

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    My rating is 45 stars uick thoughtsI was hoping the end wouldn't lose me and it did I just knew I was confused and there were pages to turn ugh However I am funny about endings Especially when I feel like I've been hiking up a steep mountain for weeks see the top is near start running to only realize that I have only two steps to get there and fall right off I think that made sense of how I'm feeling This bo

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READ & DOWNLOAD ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ De'Shawn Charles Winslow

G to learn that her freedom comes at a high price Alone in her one room shack ostracized from her relatives and cut off from her hometown Knot turns to her neighbor Otis Lee Loving in search of some semblance of family and home Otis Lee is eager to help A lifelong fixer Otis Lee is determined to steer his friends and family away from decisions that will cause them heartache and ridicule After his failed attempt as a teenager to help his older sister Otis Lee discovers When you think of a historical family saga you probably start thinking about large estates upstairsdownstairs intrigue and melodrama IN WEST MILLS delivers on the drama but it removes the wealth and whiteness usually associated with this subgenre It s long overdue and we re lucky that Winslow is one of the writers doing itThe central figures of this novel are Knot and Otis Lee neighbors in a small North Carolina town for several decades of the 20th century Knot is a single woman with a wild streak Otis Lee is a uiet happily married man But they share a connection to each other especially when it comes to family secrets I loved Knot She s the kind of woman who would have been totally normal if she was living today but refuses to let the small minded ways of the town she lives in define her actions She doesn t have an easy time of it I would have loved to spend time with Knot the way we do in the first half of the book as time starts to move uickly and we get new generations I lost a bit of the connection I had to her but it was validating to see the long term conseuences of Knot s decisionsI also loved how this book takes place through such a long time period from WWII well into the 80 s but most of the history you know is referred to only occasionally This town is a world of its own and the people in it are aware of what s happening in the mostly white world but they prefer to stay just where they are and care about what s right in front of themWinslow is very talented it s a readable book that cares about its characters with prose that s skilled without being precious

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A possible path to redemption in the chaos Knot brings to his doorstep But while he’s busy trying to fix Knot’s life Otis Lee finds himself powerless to repair the many troubles within his own family as the long buried secrets of his troubled past begin to come to lightSet in an African American community in rural North Carolina from to In West Mills is a magnificent big hearted small town story about family friendship storytelling and the redemptive power of lov 375 stars Thanks to NetGalley and Bloomsbury Publishing for a chance to read and review this book Published June 4 2019 This was a first time read of anything by Winslow and I am not sure exactly what is was about this book but I loved it I think it was a mixture of things I am always amazed by a man that can write a woman s part so well Even if it was a character like Knot rough and tumble mouthy and often with a drink in her hand than not I liked the southern aspect of this story and also the authentic speech It was a good story about family relationships how bad they can get and how things are carried down thru generations

READ & DOWNLOAD ´ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ✓ De'Shawn Charles Winslow

For readers of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie and The Turner House an intimately told story about a woman living by her own rules and the rural community that struggles to understand herAzalea “Knot” Centre is determined to live life as she pleases Let the people of West Mills say what they will the neighbors’ gossip won’t keep Knot from what she loves best cheap moonshine nineteenth century In West PDF or literature and the company of men And yet Knot is startin Why you so set on bein lonely Knot Otis Lee Loving Knot s best friend and neighbor asks the uestion but I m not sure I ever found an answer here and I m not sure that Knot knew the answer herself But she does know enough about herself to make decisions that we may not agree with but are better for some like the two babies she gives up I woulda kept that child if I didn t care bout her Azalea Centre known as Knot is a teacher living in a small place called West Mills in NC in a shack with her moonshine and her books She is living her life on her own terms spending her time with men drink and books especially Dickens her father s favorite and now hers and spending time at Goldie s Barn to drink It s hard to like Knot most of the time pushing away people who love her leaving her job but I always wanted her to be okay just as Otis Lee did This isn t just Knot s story but it s Otis Lee Loving s story and the story of others in this black community in rural NC spanning several decades starting in 1941 It s a story where there are secrets that need to be and are revealed even though Otis thinks that Sometimes it s best to keep em locked inside Best for everybody sometimes Its a story of friendship of love of complex relationships of some independent women defying others who don t understand them There s a lot of sadness here caused by the actions of flawed characters but there s also a lot of caring and remorse and forgiveness An affecting storyI received an advanced copy of this book from Bloomsbury USA through NetGalley