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A Letter from the Author
You know that feeling when something you’ve always cared and wondered about ends up in a story. Yeah, that feeling? Well, it happened to me when I wrote this novel – my fascination with memory and how it defines us has shown up in a few of my novels, but in this one, it takes center stage. This time, my curiosity stole the show.
Life is made up of thousands of memories, if not millions. The smell of a favorite childhood landscape. The touch of a loved one’s hand. The sound of a lover’s whisper. The sight of a baby’s smile. The ache of loss and heartbreak.
Do such memories define us? They often seem to, and yet – what is a memory?
Amorphous connections inside the brain? Electrochemical signals? Synapses connecting with the patterns of things that have happened to us? These are – of course – questions that don’t have a fully satisfactory answer.
Well, sometimes story seems to be the only answer I can find. So please meet the Donohue family as they struggle with not only the memories they want to forget but also and more importantly, the ones they want to keep.
There are so many exciting things in this newsletter that I am pleased to share with you, including a new video we just made about the beautiful landscape where I tell my stories, plus a book club kit. Scroll on down!
All Love, 💜
—Patti Callahan Henry
"Scars have the strange power to remind us that our past is real."—Cormac McCarthy, All the Pretty Horses
The New York Times bestselling Southern author returns to the Lowcountry, with her fifteenth novel —THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER, a lush, heart-wrenching novel about the power of memory, the meaning of family, and learning to forgive.
Ten years ago, Lena Donohue experienced a wedding-day betrayal so painful that she fled the small town of Watersend, South Carolina, and reinvented herself in New York City.
Though now a freelance travel writer, the one place she rarely goes is home—until she learns of her dad’s failing health.
Returning to Watersend means seeing the sister she has avoided for a decade and the brother who runs the family’s Irish pub and has borne the burden of his sisters’ rift. While Alzheimer’s slowly steals their father’s memories, the siblings rush to preserve his life in stories and in photographs.
As his secret past brings Lena’s own childhood into focus, it sends her on a journey to discover the true meaning of home.
Pub Date; June 4, 2019
Publisher: Berkley 368 pages
Formats: Paperback and e-book
THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER
"One of 10 Southern books for your summer reading list."
"2019 Summer Reading List" 30 of the latest beach reads, mysteries, Southern fiction and more to read as temperatures rise.
—Deep South Magazine
"[I]n Henry’s satisfying latest novel . . . . readers will be immersed in this moving tale, hungry to learn whether love and family will overcome betrayal, secrets, and heartache."
“[H]enry’s latest (after Becoming Mrs. Lewis, 2018) packs an emotional wallop, delving into the bonds and tragedies that make a family. . . . Readers of thoughtful family dramas will be drawn to the travails of the Donohue clan.”
"Patti Callahan Henry is quickly becoming one of my favorites. Her latest, THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER, is a story of reflection, forgiveness, and surprising twists."
— Debbie Macomber, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author
“In exquisitely-wrought prose, Patti Henry lyrically examines the meaning of forgiveness and the inexorable tug of home.”
—Mary Kay Andrews, New York Times bestselling author of The High Tide Club
“The Favorite Daughter is both heartfelt and heartbreakingly honest in its portrayal of a family once divided by scandal and brought together through the power of memories....Moving, intelligent, full of twists and turns, I loved it! Patti Callahan Henry shines at family dramas and The Favorite Daughter is her best!"
—Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times bestselling author of The Summer Guests
“A layered, spellbinding novel about families and lovers and the meaning of home. Above all, it’s about memory, how it shapes us, fools us, and warms our hearts. This is one truly beautiful book.”
—Nancy Thayer, New York Times bestselling author of A Nantucket Wedding
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About the Author
Patti Callahan Henry is a New York Times best-selling author of fourteen novels, including the historical fiction, BECOMING MRS. LEWIS—The Improbable Love Story of Joy Davidman and C.S. Lewis. Her fifteenth novel, THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER, (Southern Contemporary Fiction) will be published June 4, 2019.
A full-time author and mother of three children, she now resides in both Mountain Brook, Alabama and Bluffton, South Carolina with her husband. Read More
Join me on ✈ Tour!
There are many exciting events and appearances planned for THE FAVORITE DAUGHTER! From coffee, mimosas, to visiting a winery, pub, farmstead, plus gourmet delights, delicious luncheons, and dinners, to historic homes —plus plenty of interesting literary conversations with fellow authors, Mary Alice Monroe, Mary Kay Andrews, Jane Green, and more. Let's not forget the fantastic bookseller sponsors and the scenic venue hosts— from historical to the coastal areas. There will be ample book signings, friends, and fellow book lovers. It's going to be a fun time and hope; you will join me in a city near you!
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