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Sarah Sinclair flees Memphis to escape the despair of her husband's suicide. She takes with her, Imogene, the Sinclairs' eighteen-year-old daughter. Once in New Orleans, the two women search for solace: Sarah finds hers through a career; while Imogene, "Mo", looks for peace in the contents of a silver flask. One thing is for certain: how Eugene Sinclair died is not to be mentioned; it is to be ignored, to be forgotten. Life is to go on as if nothing has occurred.
As years pass, Imogene marries Harvey Clark and gives birth to a daughter of her own, Sarah Imogene Sinclair Clark, "Sister", as she is called. Three generations of Sinclair women live on and deny; lie and remain in the dark. Sarah, now "Grandee," loves her grandchild Sister more than life itself; even so, she holds shut the closet door to family secrets. Mo, trapped in a prison of alcoholism, barely endures her heart's dark burdens; yet she, too, stands sentry at the closet's door. Slowly, a key turns in the lock, and the family closet is opened to the light of truth. As she matures, Sister must confront the secrets that have haunted her family and embrace the mother she had come to resent.
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Milam McGraw Propst, author of the prize-winning A Flower Blooms on Charlotte Street, offers a second work entitled It May Not Leave a Scar. While her new novel is a departure from the sweet-spirited narrative of her grandmother’s coming of age, Propst again writes about the triumph of the human spirit. It May Not Leave a Scar is a heartrending journey which takes the reader from tragedy and desperation to understanding, forgiveness, and redemption.
It was 1932 on a warm June afternoon in Memphis, Tennessee. A single shot was fired. As a result, three, almost four generations of the Eugene Sinclair family were twisted together in a web of secrets and deception. For the next sixty years, far too many skeletons crowd the Sinclair family closet. Those same skeletons churn and rumble behind the closet’s bolted door until, one by one, they begin to break free. In untangling the long-guarded family secrets, Sister, the youngest of the Sinclair women, will find her own peace in the cleansing air of truth. Resting in that peace, Sister not only realizes she is free, but more importantly, she also discovers that she has learned to forgive.
"Reading Milam Propst's It May Not Leave a Scar is like reading a letter from a gentle and patient relative tenderly telling the story of redemption in a long history of family dysfunction."—Terry Kay, author of Taking Lottie Home
"In this book Milam Propst hauntingly captures growing up in an alcoholic home. We are carried on a family journey from physical and emotional injury through healing of mind, soul, and body; from secrets to truth. What a gift for those who have suffered the damage of addiction."—J. Gerard O’ Connor, Director of Marketing (Substance Abuse Treatment) Guest House Inc.
"In It May Not Leave A Scar, Milam Propst weaves an intriguing multi-generational story of secrets, shame and redemption. She transports us to a time and place that now lives only in our memories and captures the very essence of the mother-daughter relationship with all its fears, complications, and joys."—Jackie White, author of Whisper to the Black Candle
"Wonderfully seductive and haunting, It May Not Leave a Scar weaves a path through blistered lives set on their course by a secret as unsuccessfully hidden as an elephant in a closet. Seamless and unsentimental, Propst once again gives us the stirring voice-of-the-daughter as she did so memorably in A Flower Blooms on Charlotte Street."—Kristen McGary, Filmaker, Flannery
"Who died and How? Who cared and how much? These are the elusive questions that haunt the characters of Milam McGraw Propst's new book as she coaxes the reader through the intricacies of four generations of family joy and pain. The resolution will surprise and delight."—Annabel Alderman, author of Family Man
"Affecting, witty, heartwarming, and heartbreaking, of truths uncovered and lives recovered, Milam McGraw Propst's engaging novel tells the story of three generations of Sinclair women and "a single shot" that forges their lives."—Amy McGary, filmmaker, FlanneryAbout the Author:
Milam McGraw Propst is author of the award-winning A Flower Blooms on Charlotte Street. Milam and her husband Jamie live in Atlanta, as do their grown children. Mrs. Propst’s first novel, A Flower Blooms on Charlotte Street, was awarded the Parent’s Choice Award, and she was named Georgia Author of the Year of 1999. She has published numerous articles in Georgia Journal, Caring Magazine, Birmingham Magazine, and the Birmingham News.
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Book Description Mercer University Press, 2001. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M086554719X
Book Description Mercer University Press, 2001. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11086554719X