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Breaking TWIG, a novel
Set in rural Georgia in the 1960s, BREAKING TWIG is a coming-of-age novel about Becky (Twig) Cooper, a young woman trying to survive the physical and emotional abuse of her mother, Helen, a beautiful, calculating woman who can, with a mere look, send the meanest cur in Sugardale, Georgia running for its life. Not even Twig’s vivid imagination, keen wit, and dark sense of humor is enough to help her survive the escalating assaults of Helen and a new stepbrother, but help comes from an unexpected source—Frank, her stepfather. Sometimes, having one person who loves and believes in you is all a girl needs to keep hope alive.
Often raw and irreverent and sprinkled with all the Southern flavoring found in a good bowl of chicken and dumplings, BREAKING TWIG, is about finding love where we least expect it, destroying lives with easy lies, and realizing each of us determine our own truth.
REVIEWS for BREAKING TWIG 5.0 out of 5 stars New voice in southern literature, October 11, 2011 By D. Burke (Montana) This review is from: Breaking TWIG (Kindle Edition) With a voice as rich as sorghum molasses, Epperson seductively draws the reader into the rural south of the 60s and 70s. In the southern tradition of Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner, the author explores the depths of the human heart and spirit, with wisdom, humor, and unflinching truthfulness.
Becky Leigh Cooper's coming of age is tumultuous and touching, as she bounces back and forth between her mother Helen's abuse and her stepfather Frank's tenderness. Although the story sounds depressing, Epperson's black humor keeps it compelling and, at times, even joyful. Becky's struggle to prevail--becoming neither a "pick" (victim) nor a "picker" (abuser)--rivets the reader. What evil will Helen try next? How will brave Becky counter? Can Frank keep peace between the stepdaughter he loves and the wife he endures? Who will win this desperate contest of souls? I'm glad to find Deborah Epperson's book and look forward to the next one.
5.0 out of 5 stars by Macy Provocative and moving novel I couldn't put down. Breaking Twig is an emotional and powerful coming-of-age story beautifully written and skillfully set in the Deep South of the 60's -70's. The story revolves around Becky Cooper (nicknamed Twig by her late father) and her struggles with an abusive mother, Helen, and stepbrother, Donald. But this isn't your typical abused/abuser relationship. Becky fights for those things and people she holds dear, but she just hasn't learned to fight for herself . . . yet.
Although the story can be disquieting at times, Beck's dark humor and keen wit, along with the razor sharp dialogue, keeps it riveting and even funny at times. (Who'd imagine an argument over meatloaf could be funny?) Epperson's characters are not one-dimensional, but layered with the emotions, ambitions, and dreams that drive us all. Becky's evolving relationships with Frank (her stepfather/protector/best friend), Johnny (her first love), Donald, and Helen (who Becky describes as "the most fearless woman" she's ever known) will keep readers turning the page. Breaking Twig is a poignant and moving novel. I was moved to sorrow, anger, joy and understanding. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more by this author.