The Secret of Hurricanes by Theresa Williams

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Pearl Starling is forty-five, a hermit with a “colorful past”—a past filled with treachery and desire, death and survival—who makes her living weaving rugs in a North Carolina military town. For years she has been an object of curiosity and scorn, and now she has defied the society’s conventions once again: she is pregnant and no one knows who the father is. In The Secret of Hurricanes Pearl tells her unborn child about how she has weathered the “hurricanes” in her life— from religiously reading the local newspaper to drawing inspiration from the Kennedy's abiding strength in the face of tragedy. Traveling the dark roads of her past, Pearl reveals how her need for tenderness led to sexual confusion, a relationship with a much older man, and her part in a murder thirty years ago.

About Theresa Williams

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Theresa Williams teaches writing and literature at Bowling Green State University and lives in Bradner, Ohio.
Published September 14, 2010 by MP Publishing Limited. 209 pages
Genres: Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Romance. Fiction

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Hope and catastrophe surge through Williams's first novel as a middle-aged woman attempts to explain her traumatic youth to her soon-to-be-born daughter.

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Even as she jealously guards the identity of her child's father, Pearl shares with the reader her dour recollections of her own alcoholic father, the troubled teenagers who became her companions and the events that landed her in Hollingsworth.

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