'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.
What the River Washed AwayMuriel 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.
'Stunning... a heart-wrenching tale that speaks to you long after the last page is turned.'
'A spellbinding novel.'
'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.'