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The Girls in the Stilt House

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The Girls in the Stilt House

Ada promised herself she would never go back to the Trace, to her hard life on the swamp and her harsh father. But now, after running away to Baton Rouge and briefly knowing a different kind of life, she finds herself with nowhere to go but back home. Matilda, daughter of a sharecropper, is from the other side of the Trace. Doing what she can to protect her family from the whims and demands of some particularly callous locals is an ongoing struggle. She forms a plan to go north, to pack up the secrets she's holding about her life in the South and hang them on the line for all to see in Ohio. As the two girls are drawn deeper into a dangerous world of bootleggers and moral corruption, they must come to terms with the complexities of their tenuous bond and a hidden past that links them in ways that could cost them their lives.

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The Girls in the Stilt House
by Kelly Mustian

  • Publication Date: April 6, 2021
  • Genres: Fiction, Historical Fiction
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark
  • ISBN-10: 1728217717
  • ISBN-13: 9781728217710


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