Jo-Ann Costa's historical fiction novel The Bequest of Big Daddy (ISBN: 9781938467271, 84K, ebook and softcover [the latter available in April 2013])), which took second place in the 2008 Paul Gillette contest, was published February 1 by Koehler Books. The book is available via Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Books-A-Million, with pre-orders for the paper edition available. The author's website is at jo-anncosta.com.
From Reconstruction to the decaying ruins of a doomed plantation with its dying social system but a memory, The Bequest of Big Daddy is evocative of all that’s wrong in the post-Civil War South. This is the story of a man born to Southern aristocracy, who spawns an empire of outcasts, heroes and heroines—among them a great-granddaughter who is determined to learn the truth about her kin’s painful past. A tale of family betrayals, separations and reunions, at the deathbed of Big Daddy, a crusty patriarch with an infamous background and a hair-trigger temper, eight year-old Jo-Dee begins her journey to plumb the murky past, as the protective skin of her great-grandfather’s story falls away.
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