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.
“We’re all part of a tapestry bigger than any of us can imagine, weaving in and out and creating a glorious picture. All of us from the beginning of time.”
What a lovely thought. My brother had his DNA done and assuming he and I are exactly the same ethnicity, it was quite revealing. Not the 49% Ashkenazi Jew – we kind of guessed that – but the rest. Eastern European, Scandinavian and 6% African. We are all descended from the slaves brought over from Africa, but most of us don’t have Creek ancestors, more’s the pity. Both are very important in Tapestry.
I was very lucky to be on a mini holiday at Brownsea Island off the coast of Poole in Dorset. It’s one of the few red squirrel sanctuaries in the UK. What’s that got to do with the book you ask? Well not only did I have the pleasure of ‘squirrel watching’ in the churchyard, I had plenty of time to read this beautiful, wonderful, heartfelt book. The island was very quiet, which was a good thing as I was sitting there crying, surrounded by 17 inquisitive peacocks, and thinking of Skye and her history.
Twenty-one-year-old Skye Willis lives in Eufaula, Alabama with her mum Lisa and her grandmother Verna, who insists on being called ‘Sparrow’ because she is convinced her ancestors were Muscogee Creek. ‘Grammy’, as Skye calls her, wears faux deerskin and other Native American-inspired outfits. She is a tiny lady with a long white braid almost to her waist. She works part-time at Walmart. Skye and mum Lisa work at Manny’s Mexican restaurant.
Lisa never talks about Skye’s father and this is the one big problem in their relationship. Skye wants to know about him, feels she is entitled to know. Grammy just wants to discover if she’s really Creek. Well that’s not hard to do nowadays. Just a simple DNA test which they both send off for, but when they find out the truth, the results are life-changing.
As well as bucketloads of emotion, surprises and love, there is so much humour in Tapestry, much of it due to the eccentricity of some of the characters, particularly Grammy. But don’t imagine everyone is sweet and lovely. In Texas we have a parallel tale of greed and deceit and downright nastiness that will also change everyone’s lives forever. Tapestry is a MUST-read. Find a quiet spot (squirrels and peacocks not mandatory), a nice cup of tea (or coffee if you live in the US) and a box of tissues and immerse yourself in this beautiful story.
Many thanks to @zooloo2008 for inviting me to be part of this blog tour.
About the Author
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 ornamental dog. She loves reading, writing, and not arithmetic. Baking is a hobby, with semi-pro cupcakes and amateur macarons a speciality. And puns–the worse, the better. Travel is her other favorite thing, along with joining book groups for discussion. If a personal visit isn’t possible, she is fluent in Zoom.
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