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What the River Washed Away

Muriel Mharie Macleod

Inspired by real-life events, this is the remarkable and uncompromising story of one young woman’s refusal to accept her fate in 1920s Louisiana

Jobs and Jesus from the big town don’t ever seem to make it out here. Not down through the hackberry woods to the shack where I live with my Mambo. Not now Pappy’s gone. No, here’s where the old ways squat, where devil’s work heals and some say harms.

That don’t mean the big town don’t visit though – white folks with their shirt sleeves, liquor stink, and nasty ways. More dark in them than even Mambo can hold off.

But I got me a friend now, fierce and vengeful, and we got a powerful secret that’s gonna change everything.

  • Publication date: January 2, 2014
  • ISBN: 9781780743707
  • RRP: £8.99
  • Pages: 288
  • Publication date: June 1, 2013
  • ISBN: 9781780742359
  • RRP: £5.99
  • Pages: 288


'Macleod brilliantly hooks the reader from beginning to end with a narrative that opens a floodgate of emotions and overflows with unforgettable characters.' Starred review.


'Stunning... a heart-wrenching tale that speaks to you long after the last page is turned.'

Maureen Lindley, author of The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel

'A spellbinding novel.'

Marlon James, author of The Book of Night Women

'What the River Washed Away is strength incarnate... It's soulful, measured, and as great writing does, it makes you see the world differently. There should be eager anticipation over what Macleod will write next.'

Muriel Mharie Macleod

Muriel Mharie Macleod was born and brought up in the Western Isles of Scotland. She graduated in Fine Art and is a distinguished artist and animation film producer. She lived in the Caribbean for many years, where much of her writing inspiration comes from, and now lives in London, England.

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