The Funeral Dress
By Susan Gregg Gilmore
This is another e-galley from NetGalley that I received in exchange for an honest book review. It was published September 3, 2013. This is Susan’s third novel. Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen was her first. I have heard of it, but haven’t read it. This is the story of Emmalee a young girl who is forced into adulthood. She has a difficult home life with a father who is an alcoholic. She has a baby daughter that she has no idea what to do with. This is a tale of life in the Appalachian mountains. Poverty, abuse and neglect are all present.
Will Emmalee survive or will she become another victim? Will she lose what is most important to her? It seems like loss is all that she knows. Who will help her? Who will give her the emotional and physical support that she needs? This is a story of Emmalee becoming a woman and the events that form and shape her life. Emmalee finds out there are many challenges and struggles to being a single mother. She finds that the women she works with in the clothing factory can be a source of knowledge and emotional support.
This book reminded me a little of Jeanette Walls and Half Broke Horses. This is another heartbreaker, but this one does have a happy ending. It was an easy quick read for me. I enjoyed this book and I give it 4/5 stars.
- Susan Gregg Gilmore imagines struggles of Tennessee seamstress in “The Funeral Dress” (knoxnews.com)
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- Review: The Funeral Dress (bookingmama.net)