Clemenceau's Daughters

Rocky Porch Moore (Debut Novel)

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The Ballards live in the shadow of July Mountain. They are one step shy of overcoming the taint of poverty dogging the family since the Great Depression. During the excess of the modern 1980s, the Tennessee Valley still harbors a passing respect for the unexplainable and superstition. Roots cling to family trees like tendrils that tangle and tear to claim, not just birthrights, but bloodrights.


Folks tend to die around Little Debbie Ballard. She struggles to make sense of a world where the unspoken past and prejudice collide, where truth is no longer as simple as Daddy's word, and cruel intentions transcend generations. Debbie must face the insidious legacy that haunts the women of her family, one by one.


How does a family escape a past that refuses to die?

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An extraordinary story, played out through generations, the truth of Clemenceau's Daughters is revealed skillfully and powerfully across the years, gathering strength as it approaches the point of no return. The writing is at once personal and universal. It is both ode and a cautionary tale, as distinct as a memory and intimate as a family secret. Clemenceau's Daughters will stay with you long after the tale ends, perhaps because the revelations it offers are timeless.

Well Written southern story

This novel was very well written and kept the pages turning.