Follow Me

Joanna Scott, Author . Little, Brown $24.99 (420p) ISBN 978-0-316-05165-1

A granddaughter sifts through her grandmother’s rich and mysterious life in Pulitzer finalist Scott’s latest. As a teenager in 1946, Sally Werner experiences something between rape and seduction at the hands of her cousin, resulting in a baby, family shame and her running away. Each time Sally feels her past catching up with her, she finds a new town and assumes a new identity, eventually graduating from taking the charity—and more—of others to supporting herself. A doomed love affair, a cat and mouse chase with the brutal father of a second child, and a longing for safety and freedom keep Sally moving until she settles down and her daughter, Penelope, inherits her restless energy. As the novel, and Sally’s life, draws to a close, we get a final look at this remarkable woman through the eyes of her granddaughter, also named Sally, and through the younger Sally’s once absent father, Abe. A retelling of the archetypal American journey from a female perspective, this rendering of the perils and triumphs facing women is imbued with a questing spirit. (Apr.)

Reviewed on: 02/16/2009
Release date: 04/01/2009
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 691 pages - 978-1-4104-1773-2
Open Ebook - 226 pages - 978-0-316-15760-5
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