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Publisher's Summary

'A girl comes of age against the knife.' 

So begins the story of Betty Carpenter. 

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.

©2020 Tiffany McDaniel (P)2020 Orion Publishing Group

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"Not a story you will soon forget." (Karen Joy Fowler, author of Man Booker Prize finalist We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves)

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A really hard read

No light at the end of the tunnel on this one, it’s just one blow after another. A very interesting story but utterly tormenting and treacherous read.

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Exceptional

Both tragic and beautiful, a read that will take your breath away as well as leave you sobbing out loud for Betty. Narration was brilliant too. Be ready for an emotional roller coaster.

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A roller coaster life story to move the soul

I appreciate my life or at least I thought I did until this book ... my life is forever changed and I am grateful for having experienced this story. Every moment documented truth and experience and empathy, hatred pain and forgiveness. Thankyou Tiffany and Thankyou Dale ... my tears are a bridge to my soul and the depth of understanding I bore throughout .. please everyone take the time to read or listen to Betty !

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  • Nicola Tennent
  • 19-03-2021

Beautiful tragic story

I loved the lyricism of the writing and the character-driven story.

On the other side of the ledger, the child abuse, sexual abuse, suicide, and animal abuse was too raw to the point of being gratuitous.

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  • Cory Sullivan
  • 07-04-2021

An incredible story and amazing narrator

I adored this audiobook. Although the subject matter was hard to listen to at times, it was so beautifully written. Betty is definitely in my top 5 books. Thank you to Tiffany McDaniels for telling the story and Dale Dicky for bringing it to life

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-03-2021

wow

there are no words for the brilliance of this book. genuinely, no words. please listen to this if you can. the narrator is absolutely phenomenal.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-01-2021

Brilliant Book

Loved it. Sad story but fabulously written. Adult themes of domestic abuse and racism through the eyes of a child captured so well. Definitely recommend.

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  • ML79
  • 25-08-2020

Outstanding

Outstandingly good.

Also enjoyed the little nods to her other book set in the same town - though it’s certainly a stand-alone book. Some heavy topics dealt with in a courageous and yet highly relatable and beautiful manner.

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