''Filled with powerful scenes and great characters! Brings the '83 Old South to vivid life. One of my all-time favorite reads! Loved it! ~ Janelle Taylor, NY Times Bestselling author
''…full of surprises, twists, turns and none of them are predictable. This is a fun read with entertaining events that will have you laughing out loud and perhaps remembering your past. But the story's also a bit of history about racial injustice in the 1980's and a bit of gender bias with believable examples of unfair treatment set in the past, but still believable today. I recommend…to anyone who enjoys a laugh out loud book that can't be put down as well as one telling the story of cultural past scars.'' – Gail Kamer for Readers' Favorite
''More than just a coming-of-age story or new adult romance, Surviving Doodahville explores family bonds, racial barriers, and just how much some are willing to sacrifice for others. The tale is full of humor, action and a touch of mystery, making it a fun romp into the past.'' Jeff LaFerney, award-winning author of Jumper
The summer of 1983—the era of big debt, big hair, and big dreams. Seventeen-year-old Kassandra Lawson is a Southern California girl, enjoying the summer before her high school senior year, thinking life is great.
But then tragic news arrives, sending Kee and her parents to Daltville, Arkansas, to a funeral and more news that turns all their lives upside down.
An unexpected and unwanted move to the humid, bug-infested south is almost too much to deal with, but she discovers a racist, backwoods, tiny hick community more famous for her aunt's moonshine than for its progressive thinking. What's more is that everyone seems to be hiding secrets.
When her family arrives, the dominoes start falling and the intrigue and suspense build to a remarkable ending. A surprise gift, a boy, and revealed town secrets help Kee, her family, and her small community to learn, grow, and find love.