“A rollicking tale.” —The Washington Post *“Propulsive.” —Associated Press * “Wild, smart, energetic.” —Los Angeles Times * “Brilliant and effervescent.” —NPR
From the #1 bestselling author of The Glass Castle, the instant New York Times bestseller a “rip-roaring, action-packed” (The New York Times) novel about an indomitable young woman in prohibition-era Virginia.
Sallie Kincaid is the daughter of the biggest man in a small town, the charismatic Duke Kincaid. Born at the turn of the 20th century into a life of comfort and privilege, Sallie remembers little about her mother who died in a violent argument with the Duke. By the time she is just eight years old, the Duke has remarried and had a son, Eddie. While Sallie is her father’s daughter, sharp-witted and resourceful, Eddie is his mother’s son, timid and cerebral. When Sallie tries to teach young Eddie to be more like their father, her daredevil coaching leads to an accident, and Sallie is cast out.
Nine years later, she returns, determined to reclaim her place in the family. That’s a lot more complicated than Sallie expected, and she enters a world of conflict and lawlessness. Sallie confronts the secrets and scandals that hide in the shadows of the Big House, navigates the factions in the family and town, and finally comes into her own as a bold, sometimes reckless bootlegger.
“You’ll fall in love with Sallie on the very first page and keep rooting for her all the way through to the last” (Good Housekeeping) in this thrilling read that “goes down easy…like the forbidden whisky that defines the life of Sallie Kincaid” (Associated Press).
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
This intense family drama set during the Prohibition era features a strong and independent main character. Sallie Kincaid is the daughter of the Duke, the richest man in her Virginia county and an influential bootlegger who’s both charming and cutthroat. When she decides to follow her father’s complicated and illegal path, things get messy. We found ourselves feeling deeply for all of Jeannette Walls’ complex characters—even the most morally dubious ones. And her detailed descriptions of the Appalachian landscapes where Sallie comes of age swept us away. With her West Virginia–tinged accent, Walls is the perfect narrator, making the story even more immediate. Get ready to fall in love with a determined heroine as she embarks on a dangerous journey to become a strong, successful woman in a man’s world.
Might be a good story
I tried for over a month to listen to it, but I found the narration tough so I gave up. Borrowing the book to read instead.
Not exciting & don’t recommend
Boring and drawn out