Why did I love this book?
Greenbrier County, West Virginia 1897, the trial of Trout Shue, on the charge of killing his young wife, is underway.
Two women stand alone in believing Zona Shue died at the hands of her abusive husband. But now they must prove it. Inspired by a true story, this book is not just a page turner but is exceptional in its prose and a masterclass in how to write beautiful sentences.
The characters are well drawn, especially the lead Lucy Frye, who is herself a gifted writer with the desire to be published in a male-dominated world that says she cannot. She is clever and loyal and strong, seeing through all that her dear-battered friend Zona could not.