Call Your Daughter Home (Park Row Books)

In South Carolina in 1924, hardship is commonplace as the region is still recovering from the infamous boll weevil infestation that devastated the land and the economy. Gertrude, a mother of four, must make an unconscionable decision to save her daughters from starvation or die at the hands of an abusive husband. Retta is navigating a harsh world as a first-generation freed slave, still employed by the Coles, influential plantation proprietors who once owned her family. Annie is the matriarch of the Coles family and owner of the Branchville Sewing Circle, a business left to her by her father when he passed. She must come to terms with the terrible truth that robbed her of her young son’s life and has ripped her two daughters from her side. These three women seemingly have nothing in common, yet they unite to stand up to the terrible injustices that have long plagued the small town. As they come to help each other, they find strength in the bond that ties women together.

Call Your Daughter Home is a wrenching and heartfelt debut novel about three generations of women and the struggles they face in the South in the early part of the 20th century. Spera’s lyrical and evocative prose and sense of place comes from her long career as a television and film producer, and her deep love for “the home of her heart,” the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

Deb Spera was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky. She currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two of her three children. She owns her own television company, One-Two Punch Productions, and has executive produced such shows as Criminal Minds, Army Wives, Reaper, and Finding Carter. She is a finalist for The Montana Prize in fiction and a two-time finalist for the Kirkwood literary prize. Her work has been published in Sixfold, Garden and Gun, The Wascana Review, and L.A. Yoga Journal. She's the co-writer of the play, On the Road To Kitty Hawk, produced by Actors Theater Of Louisville.

Author Photo by Grettel Cortes

Channing Dungey is Vice President, Original Series at Netflix.  Dungey will partner with Cindy Holland in setting strategic direction as well as in overseeing a large portion of Netflix’s slate, including some of the company’s overall deals with prolific producers including Shonda Rhimes, Jenji Kohan, Kenya Barris, Steven DeKnight, Marti Noxon, and Barack and Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Productions, among others. Prior to joining Netflix, Dungey served as President of ABC Entertainment, overseeing all development, programming, marketing and scheduling operations for ABC primetime and late-night. During her tenure at ABC, Dungey created a collaborative environment that supported visionary storytelling, and became a hub for talented and provocative producers to realize their vision. With this in mind,  she shepherded in a wide variety of successful programming such as “The Good Doctor,” “Roseanne” and “The Conners” as well as the return of “American Idol.” Additionally, she helped reinvigorate long-running series’ such as “Grey’s Anatomy,” which she worked on since it’s first season and has broken television records as the longest running primetime medical drama.

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ISBN: 9780778307747
Published: Park Row - June 11th, 2019