Miss Pearly’s Girls by ReShonda Tate Billingsley, read by Patricia R. Floyd ‹ Literary Hub

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Narrator Patricia R. Floyd’s honeyed voice delivers exactly the warmth needed to Miss Pearly’s Daughters, a family saga about siblings with secrets and the powerful woman who raised them. Host Jo Reed and AudioFile contributor Sandi Henschel discuss ReShonda Tate Billingsley’s novel about estrangement from a family. Something more sinister than the usual family resentments is at play, and Mama Pearly’s sudden illness forces Maxine to contact her sisters to call them home. As deeply hidden secrets come to the surface, Floyd’s melodious vocals and honest performance will captivate listeners.

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