Big Lies in A Small Town

Big Lies in A Small Town

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"From bestselling author Diane Chamberlain comes an irresistible new novel. North Carolina, 2018: Morgan Christopher's life has been derailed. Taking the fall for a crime she did not commit, she finds herself serving a three-year stint in the North Carolina Women's Correctional Center. Her dream of a career in art is put on hold-until a mysterious visitor makes her an offer that will see her released immediately. Her assignment: restore an old post office mural in a sleepy southern town. Morgan knows nothing about art restoration, but desperate to leave prison, she accepts. What she finds under the layers of grime is a painting that tells the story of madness, violence, and a conspiracy of small town secrets. North Carolina, 1940: Anna Dale, an artist from New Jersey, wins a national contest to paint a mural for the post office in Edenton, North Carolina. Alone in the world and desperate for work, she accepts. But what she doesn't expect is to find herself immersed in a town where prejudices run deep, where people are hiding secrets behind closed doors, and where the price of being different might just end in murder. What happened to Anna Dale? Are the clues hidden in the decrepit mural? Can Morgan overcome her own demons to discover what exists beneath the layers of lies?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2020.
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781250087331
Branch Call Number: F CHAMBERLAIN
Characteristics: 391 pages ; 25 cm


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Jan 18, 2020

I finished this book six days ago and have been trying to figure out how to write this review to do this book justice. Ms. Chamberlain has written a novel that intertwines the past and the present. In 1940, Anna Dale was chosen to paint a mural for the Post Office in Edenton, North Carolina. As Anna prepares and begins work on the mural, the town is split between those that love Anna's work and those that believe the local artist should be the one doing painting the mural. In 2018, Morgan is in jail for something she did not do but wanted to protect her then boyfriend. When Lisa arrives at the jail with an offer that Morgan could not refuse, Morgan is smart and take her up on a restoration painting project, something Morgan has never done. As Morgan begins the restoration, the painting comes together square by square but with some really horrific details. As the restoration project is beginning to take shape and closer to completion, the writer tells Anna's story at the same time. Everything comes together in the end nicely and with a wow factor. Just awesome!

Nov 22, 2019

This book packs a powerful punch. Two women separated by 70+ years in time tell us the story of a mural that was to grace the Edenton, North Carolina post office wall. In 1940, Anna Dale wins a national contest and is selected to paint the mural. Morgan Christopher is awarded early parole in 2018 to restore that same mural as a condition of her release; chosen for the task as the dying wish of a famous artist whose museum is set to open in just two months. Setting a book south of the Mason Dixon line makes racism a given. Both Anna and Morgan struggle with family issues of their own and the underlying currents of Edenton bring new challenges into their lives. As the mural is cleaned and restored questions multiply. Edenton may be a small town, but big lies are lurking beneath the surface. Fans of Susan Meissner will enjoy this title as well.


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