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In 1976, when nineteen-year-old Allison Middleton accepts a proposal of marriage from Westley Houser, she eagerly accepts, having no idea about the secret Westley carries—a secret that will change Allison’s life forever. But Allison rises to the challenge of raising Westley’s toddling daughter as though the child were her own.
Over the course of their lifetime together, Allison, Westley, and Michelle form the strong bond of family. As Allison struggles with infertility and finding her way during a time of great change for women, others—some she knows and others whom she never meets—brush and weave against the fabric of her life, leaving her with more questions than answers.
From teen bride to grandmother, Allison’s life chronicles the ups and downs of an ordinary woman’s life to examine the value of what we all leave behind.
|Title: Dust: A Novel|
By: Eva Marie Everson
Number of Pages: 416
Vendor: Firefly Southern Fiction
Publication Date: 2021
|Dimensions: 9 X 6 X 0.9 (inches)|
Weight: 1 pound 3 ounces
Stock No: WW26309X
Rachel Hauck, New York Times bestselling author of The Wedding Dress
"Author Eva Marie Eversons characters in Dust are flawed, their choices, both good and bad, intersecting and influencing each others lives. Eversons layered Southern family drama reveals the complexities of relationships and the unexpected and sometimes painful consequences of our choices. While we might regret how what we say and do affects others, with every turn of the page Everson reminds readers of a vital truth: life doesnt have to be perfect to be good."
Beth K. Vogt, Christy Awardwinning author of the Thatcher Sisters series
What is one life worth? Eva Marie Eversons Dust takes the readers on a slow, Southern, and yes, dusty journey through several decades as we watch the lives of her characters intermingle amid the little and big tragedies, heartaches, and celebrations of life. With breathtaking, sometimes sensual prose, Everson explores romantic love in all its passion and brokenness as the characters make choices whose consequences bleed into other lives for generations. A thought-provoking and soul-stirring story.
Elizabeth Musser, author of The Swan House series
"Allison meets Westley as a callow girl and enters their marriage on the wings of starry-eyed optimism. It is the 1970s, and Westley has kept a secret that impacts the years to come. In a web of memorable characters who intersect profoundly, Dust is a novel of exquisite breadth and width, a soulful story of a woman coming into her own that shows us it is the seemingly ordinary life that is, in fact, extraordinary."
Claire Fullerton, award-winning author of Little Tea
"Fans of Eva Marie Everson will rush to purchase her latest novel, Dust. A complex story line moves the story at a rapid pace, which makes readers fall headlong into this page-turner. The characters remain with you long after the ending and you will find yourself thinking about them long after the final page. In Dust, Everson secures her place at the top of womens fiction."
Renea Winchester, award-winning author of Outbound Train
"Eva Marie Eversons novel Dust is a poignant story about family, not simply family defined by DNA but the struggles, joys, and disappointments that bond us. These characters face challenges that ultimately determine who we really are and how we love one another."
Christa Allen, award-winning author of Since Youve Been Gone
"I didnt write today. I readall day. I didnt cook today. I readall day. I didnt eat today. I readall day. Dust, by Eva Marie Everson, is an epic story. I loved it as much as I loved A Woman of Substance by Barbara Taylor Bradford. This is Eversons best book ever!"
Ane Mulligan, bestselling author of Chapel Springs Revival
"Everson, at her page-turning, keep-you-reading-all-night best brings Dust to the world. She has penned a novel that intrigues, shell shocks, and keeps you guessing. She peels back and exposes the beauty and tragedy of everyday life. She draws in-depth psychological characters that pop in and out, leaving you reading until wee hours seeking them."
Merilyn Howton Marriott, MS, LPC, award-winning author of The Children of Main Street
"This is Eva Marie Eversons opus. I have read her books for years, and this one takes story to a new level. Filled with characters whose personalities are so vivid, you feel as though you are peering over their shoulders, Everson wraps you tight in the drama of a family and how, even with good intentions, things can go awry. Eversons descriptions of the era make you long for the time you may have walked there. Dust is memorable. Dust is endearing. Dust cannot be wiped out of your mind at the end of the day. This book will remain with me forever."
Cindy K. Sproles, bestselling author of What Momma Left Behind
"In Dust, Everson commands a rich Southern setting and a wide cast of characters with a deft hand and an evocative voice. Perfect for book clubs and womens groups, Dust brings to life the questions of every woman who has wrestled with marriage and motherhood, while understanding that, sometimes, we live with not only the choices we make but also the ones that are made for us."
Lindsey Brackett, award-winning author of Still Waters
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