The Bequest of Big Daddy by Jo-Ann Costa

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Ratio Janson is the crusty patriarch with an infamous background and a hair-trigger temper, reverently referred to as Big Daddy by his family clan. His feisty great-granddaughter, Jo-Dee, overhears shocking gossip at Big Daddy's funeral and is determined to plumb his murky past, spanning the Civil War, Reconstruction and into the twentieth century.

From a vast turpentine industry to the ruins of a decaying plantation with its feudal order a memory, Jo-Dee explores the complex nature of family and self, only to make a startling discovery. Will she betray her great-grandfather and disgrace the family name, or will she preserve his shameful secret? And on the ancient grounds of the family mansion destroyed in the Civil War, will Big Daddy's spirit claim her even from the grave?   

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Published April 1, 2013 by Koehler Books. 248 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Costa's debut novel tells the engaging story of a man whose tumultuous life provides an even greater tale than the grand myths that surround him.

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