In 1924 South Carolina, after a boll weevil infestation devastated the land and economy, three women with seemingly nothing in common unite to stand up to the terrible injustices that have long plagued their small town and find strength in the bond that ties women together.
Call Your Daughter Home succeeds in painting an atmospheric portrait of the pre-Depression South, peopling the bleak, ravaged landscape with an almost dizzying array of characters ... Trials and tribulations abound in Call Your Daughter Home ... This is the Deep South, after all, Flannery O'Connor country, so a certain touch of the gothic can be expected ... Some of Spera's dialogue just doesn't read quite right—even so, the drama, sense of place, and deeply human interactions she presents in this well-grounded historical novel allow the reader to push past iffy issues of language to enjoy the sometimes pulpy plotlines.
Lovers of historical Southern fiction and gritty female characters will feel as if they are living in the desperation of these families, then rallying behind these courageous women as they fight for justice.