On Sale: May 8, 2018
Featuring: Laura Brooks; Sammy McGuire
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Laura Brooks fled her hometown of Hannibal, Missouri, ten
years ago after a historic flood and personal heartbreak.
Now she's returned unannounced, and her family and friends
don't know what to make of it. She says she's just home
for a brief visit and her high-school reunion, but she's
carrying too much luggage for that: literal and
metaphorical. Soon Laura is embroiled in small-town
affairs--the contentious divorce of her rowdy best friend
Rose; the campaign of her twelve-year-old godson, Bobby,
to become the town's official Tom Sawyer; and the renewed
interest of the man Laura once thought she'd marry, Sammy
Leaving town when she was eighteen had been Laura's only
option. She feared a stifling existence in a town ruled by
its past, its mythological devotion to Mark Twain, and the
economic and racial divide that runs as deep as the
Mississippi River. She can't forget that fateful Fourth of
July when the levees broke or the decisions that still
haunt her. Now as the Mississippi rises again, a deep
wound threatens to reopen, and Laura must decide if
running away once more might be the best way to save
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