Family loyalties, deadly feuds, and international drug wars are brought to life in Ninie Hammon's new intergenerational tale set in present-day Kentucky, four decades after the rise and fall of the Cornbread Mafia.
When Ruth Hannacker finds a "just-in-case-anything-happens-to-me" letter among her mother's things after she was killed in a tornado, it opens a new chapter in the family's decades-long, fraught, and often tragic story with Righteous Weed.
The letter from Jessica Monaghan Hannacker tells of the Tree House, a propane tank buried in the ground where Willie Ray Taggart stashed his marijuana money back in the heyday of the Cornbread Mafia. When Ruth finds the Tree House, she discovers $75,000 in cash and quart jars of Righteous Weed seed, the finest strain of marijuana ever developed.
Over the protests of 72-year-old Riley Hannacker, the only remaining living member of the original Cornbread Mafia, the family decides to grow an indoor crop, illegal in Kentucky, so they can patent the strain and get a license to grow in one of the 11 newly legal states. They plan to market it as a premium boutique cannabis, appealing to the nostalgia of the smokers' first-time high.
But as so often happens with the best-laid plans, things quickly go awry. Jealousy, resentment, anger, greed, and deeply buried feelings from long gone wrongs resurface and wreak havoc with what is left of the family.
So Shall The Tree Grow is the fourth and final book in Ninie Hammon's new Cornbread Mafia series, a fictional story inspired by the real Cornbread Mafia that sprang up in picturesque Marion County, Kentucky, and grew into the largest illegal marijuana-growing operation in U.S. history.
The one we’ve been waiting for and dreading!
It seems like I’ve been waiting forever for this final installment of the Cornbread Mafia. And now that I’ve read it I feel a little empty knowing that it’s the last of the series.
Ninie Hammond has brought us along on a tumultuous journey through the generations spanning the days of bootleggers, the world at war, and on to the introduction of the drug trade to the Appalachian Mountains. We’ve suffered with the Hannacker, Monaghan, and Taggert families through abject poverty and booming times of considerable wealth that ended in tragedy. So Shall The Tree Grow sweeps the readers up once again and lands us square in the middle of modern times as younger generations make an unbelievable discovery and the winds of fortune promise to change once more. And…I’m going to leave off at that, because you’ll really want to read it yourself!