Friday, 23 October 2020

Friday Fiction Feature: Tapestry

This week's Friday Fiction Feature is Tapestry by Beth Duke.

There is so much about TAPESTRY that sets it apart from typical Women’s Fiction. First and foremost, it’s about family heritage; about the importance of the ones who came before us and the ones who love us now.

It’s uniquely suited to 2020 because the book incorporates both African-American and Native American history that will be surprising and memorable to readers. It is a beautiful story of how humans are all connected―there are threads that connect us―in so many ways. Through past, present, and future; through blood, friends, strangers; through the earth, through stories, through memories.

TAPESTRY is an Award-Winning Finalist in the Women's Fiction category of the 2020 International Book Awards, The Bronze Medal Winner in Southern Fiction in Publisher's Weekly 2020 Readers' Choice Awards, and a Five Star Readers' Favorite Award Winner. It is a popular choice among book clubs across the United States, offering a great deal of thoughtful discussion along with a rich story.

 Here’s a quick synopsis:

Twenty-one-year-old Skye Willis lives in Eufaula, Alabama, a tourist mecca of stately homes and world-class bass fishing. Her childhood friends are either stuck at dead ends or have moved on to accomplish Big Things. 

Skye’s grandmother, Verna, insists on being called “Sparrow” because she suspects her ancestors were Muscogee Creek. She dresses in faux deerskin and experiments with ancient Native American recipes, offering a myth or legend to anyone who will listen.

Skye has no idea what to do with her life. She’s smart as hell, but she has no faith or knowledge there’s something out there she was “born to do.” Nor does she know much of anything about her father, who died in Afghanistan when she was a toddler. He and his family are a mystery her mother won’t discuss. But when Sparrow sets out to confirm her Creek ancestry through genetic testing, Skye joins in. 

The results hit like a DNA bomb, launching them both on a path filled with surprises and life-changing events. Skye learns a harder truth than she ever expected. 

Alternating chapters between Skye’s Alabama life and an intertwining tale of greed, deceit, and control in Texas, this story offers proof that all life is a woven tapestry of past, present, and future. 

In Beth Duke’s uplifting and soul-singing voice, TAPESTRY is Southern Fiction at its best; you will cry, you will laugh out loud, and you will wish you were a member of the beautiful, matriarchal family Duke has created for her readers. 


Beth Dial Duke is an Amazon #1 Best Selling author and the recipient of short story awards on two continents. She is eyeing the other five.

Beth lives in the mountains of her native Alabama with her husband, one real dog, and one strictly ornamental dog. She loves reading, writing, and not arithmetic. Baking is a hobby, with semi-pro cupcakes and amateur macarons a specialty. And puns―the worse, the better. Travel is her other favorite thing, along with joining book clubs for discussion. If a personal visit isn't possible, Zoom or Skype are.



Instagram: @onlythebethforyou


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