by Claire Fullerton
About Little Tea
Publisher: Firefly Southern Fiction (April 28, 2020)
Paperback: 252 pages
Digital ASIN: B0817J667Y
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Southern Culture … Old Friendships … Family Tragedy
One phone call from Renny to come home and “see about” the capricious Ava and Celia Wakefield decides to overlook her distressful past in the name of friendship.
For three reflective days at Renny’s lake house in Heber Springs, Arkansas, the three childhood friends reunite and examine life, love, marriage, and the ties that bind, even though Celia’s personal story has yet to be healed. When the past arrives at the lake house door in the form of her old boyfriend, Celia must revisit the life she’d tried to outrun.
As her idyllic coming of age alongside her best friend, Little Tea, on her family’s ancestral grounds in bucolic Como, Mississippi unfolds, Celia realizes there is no better place to accept her own story than in this circle of friends who have remained beside her throughout the years. Theirs is a friendship that can talk any life sorrow into a comic tragedy, and now that the racial divide in the Deep South has evolved, Celia wonders if friendship can triumph over history.
All-Time Favorite Read
A Top Read of 2020
Little Tea is a beautiful, lyrical read! It’s Southern fiction at its best!!!
It didn’t take me long to realize this book was going to be a gem! The author pulled me in wholeheartedly from the very beginning! The synopsis doesn’t even scratch the surface. It is a story about childhood friends, but it is so much more. Celia returns to her home and friends, Renny and Ava, but the story isn’t about just their friendship. Celia had another best friend growing up, Little Tea. There are some real unresolved issues that revolved around that friendship, and this trip will finally help Celia to make some peace with her tragic past.
I really enjoyed the moments between Celia, Renny and Ava, especially in the form of flashbacks with Celia and her friends. It brought back tender moments for me thinking back on my two childhood friends. I’m still close to them today, and it made me realize they know me in ways no one else does. Fullerton also delves into the issue of racism, and she does it in a way that really made me think. I have to also add that the ending of the book was one of the best endings I have ever come across.
There are writers who just write books, and there are writers that write literature, and Claire Fullerton writes wonderful literature! I felt like I could be sitting with her in a cafe as she tells me this emotional, complicated, and beautiful story of friendship, life, heartbreak, and finally healing. I highly recommend reading Little Tea. One final note: I’m hoping maybe Fullerton will give us a sequel to see how these amazing women are doing!
About Claire Fullerton
Claire Fullerton hails from Memphis, TN. and now lives in Malibu, CA. with her husband and 3 German shepherds. She is the author of Mourning Dove, a coming of age, Southern family saga set in 1970’s Memphis. Mourning Dove is a five-time award winner, including the Literary Classics Words on Wings for Book of the Year, and the Ippy Award silver medal in regional fiction ( Southeast.) Claire is also the author of Dancing to an Irish Reel, a Kindle Book Review and Readers’ Favorite award winner that is set on the west coast of Ireland, where she once lived. Claire’s first novel is a paranormal mystery set in two time periods titled, A Portal in Time, set in Carmel-by-the-Sea, California. She is a contributor to the book, A Southern Season with her novella, Through an Autumn Window, set at a Memphis funeral ( because something always goes wrong at a Southern funeral.) Little Tea is Claire’s 4th novel and is set in the Deep South. It is the story of the bonds of female friendship, healing the past, and outdated racial relations. Little Tea is the August selection of the Pulpwood Queens, a Faulkner Society finalist in the William Wisdom international competition, and on the short list of the Chanticleer Review’s Somerset award. She is represented by Julie Gwinn of the Seymour Literary.
Website – https//www.clairefullerton.com
Instagram – http://www.instagram.com/cffullerton
Purchase Link – Amazon
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