The Rock Orchard
A NovelBook - 2005
American Booksellers Association (ABA) TOP 10 PICK
Musette Belle could lay her hand on a baby's heart and see his life as if he'd already lived it. Even in death, she continues to shock the citizens of Leaper's Fork, Tennessee, and her descendents are doing their best to carry on her legacy. Angela Belle, a haunting and beautiful siren, lures every man she meets into greatness, while her illegitimate and very independent daughter, Dixie, serves tea and vanilla wafers to the statue of the Confederate soldier she believes is her father. But when Charlotte Belle, a woman who would rather spend the night with Jack Daniel's than any man she knows, seduces a stranger in the cemetery, it not only transforms the two people involved but the entire town. Blending sensuality, wisdom, and wry wit to create a truly unique love story, The Rock Orchard is about the strength of community, the might of God, and the ultimate power of extraordinary women.
"A wonderfully endearing story of love, life, and change ... Wall's extraordinary and original style is the icing on one very enticing cake." -- Booklist
"Paula Wall's created a crystalline world so full of one-of-a-kind characters ... you can't help but enjoy your visit." -- Jodi Picoult
"Fast, funny and surprisingly fresh" -- Kirkus Reviews