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Monday Must Read! The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson, Nancy Peacock


I LOVE this book 🙂

nancy peacockThe fabulous and loving Nancy Peacock is the author of the novels Life Without Water and Home Across the Road, as well as the memoir, A Broom of One’s Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning, and Life. She currently teaches writing classes and workshops in and around Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she lives with her husband Ben. Her most recent novel, The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson is a definite must read!


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Praise for The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson

“ ‘I have been to hangings before, but never my own…From this riveting beginning to the last perfect word, Nancy Peacock grabs her reader by the throat and makes him hang on for dear life as the action moves from a Louisiana sugar plantation to life among the western Comanches, bringing to blazing life her themes of race and true love caught in the throes of history. The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson is as deeply moving and exciting an American saga as has ever been penned.” -Lee Smith, Author of Guests on Earth and Dime Store

“Such a powerful story, so beautifully written. Peacock captures the era perfectly, with just the right amount of historical detail woven seamlessly into the fabric of the story. Unlike some historical novels loaded with digressions that are merely undigested chunks of raw research, this book is just the opposite—a fully realized world with rich, vivid characters. The novel hard to put down—and impossible to forget.” Donna Lucey – author of Sargent’s Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas

“A magnificent, immersive, breathtaking work of historical fiction. Nancy Peacock has written a beautifully crafted, richly detailed novel inhabited by morally complex and fully realized characters, enthralling and heartbreaking in equal measure.” -Jennifer Chiaverini – author of Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker


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Life Without Water

Home Across the Road

A Broom of One’s Own


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Monday Must Read! Nancy Peacock: A Broom of One’s Own

Monday Must Read! 

Nancy 6This week meet Nancy Peacock! Nancy is a mostly self-taught author. Her first novel, Life Without Water, was chosen as a New York Times Most Notable Book. She followed with a second novel, Home Across the Road. Her collection of essays on writing and housecleaning, (a personal favorite here in Mary’s house :-)) A Broom of One’s Own was published by Harper Collins. Her third novel The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson will be published in 2016 by Atria Press. Peacock has supported herself and her writing life with numerous jobs including housecleaner, bartender, carpenter, paper deliverer, assistant drum maker, costumer, baker, milker on a dairy farm, and teacher.

Nancy’s also an incredibly generous spirit, offering ongoing classes and workshops aimed at helping other writers, and she hosts a don’t-miss blog, Matginalia, filled with wonderful insight and writer wisdom.

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Check Out Nancy’s Beautiful Books!

Life Without Water


Home Across the Road


A Broom of One’s Own


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