Author: Melinda Haynes

Set in rural Mississippi during the ’60s, Chalktown is fiction as original as its predecessor, , Mother of Pearl,, which became a word-of-mouth bestseller and an Oprah Book Club selection. The main character, 16-year-old Hezekiah Sheehand, is a stunning and memorable creation…..Read More

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