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Breaking TWIG [Kindle Edition]

Deborah Epperson
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (907 customer reviews)

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:: Over 200,000 copies of Breaking TWIG downloaded on Kindles ::

WARNING:  According to Breaking TWIG's Kindle readers, you may not be able to put this book down!

Set in rural Georgia in the 1960s, BREAKING TWIG is a coming-of-age novel about Becky (Twig) Cooper, a young woman trying to survive the physical and emotional abuse of her mother, Helen, a beautiful, calculating woman who can, with a mere look, send the meanest cur in Sugardale, Georgia running for its life.

Not even Twig's vivid imagination, keen wit, and dark sense of humor is enough to help her survive the escalating assaults of Helen and a new stepbrother, but help comes from an unexpected source--Frank, her stepfather. Sometimes, having one person who loves and believes in you is all a girl needs to keep hope alive.

Often raw and irreverent and sprinkled with all the Southern flavoring found in a good bowl of chicken and dumplings, BREAKING TWIG, is about finding love where we least expect it, destroying lives with easy lies, and realizing each of us determine our own truth.

:: Recent RAVE Reviews for Breaking TWIG ::

If you are looking for a book that takes a chance, tips the scale and
teeters on the edge of "How in the hell did she write this?!?" Then
Deborah Epperson is your girl and Breaking Twig is your story."  Melissa
E. Perea, Five-Star Reader Review

"With a voice as rich as sorghum molasses, Epperson seductively draws the
reader into the rural south of the 60s and 70s. In the southern
tradition of Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner, the author
explores the depths of the human heart and spirit, with wisdom, humor,
and unflinching truthfulness."  D. Burke, Five-star Reader Review


Editorial Reviews

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"Breaking Twig, a beautifully written and thought provoking novel, is absolutely one I will recommend to my book group...I was hooked." - Amazon Best Selling Author of "The Do-Over," Kathy Dunnehoff

"I'd give this book 5/5 stars. I was literally unable to put it down and finished it in about 5 hours. I strongly recommend it to anyone..." - Kayla Joy, Addiction To Words

"...The characters...made me really appreciate the book. They're real, they're interesting, they grow, and when the book was over I wanted to reach in and give them a hug for all we've been through together." - Faith McKay.net

About the Author

Deborah Epperson has a degree in biology and English and after working in the scientific field for twenty years, she turned her talents to writing fiction and nonfiction. Her nonfiction and poetry have been published in newspapers and magazines in Montana and nationally. 

A transplanted Texan, she likes to write stories and characters steeped in the lyrical traditions and mystical surroundings of the Deep South where she grew up. 
 
Deborah lives in beautiful Northwest Montana with her husband and two children. When not working on her next novel or article, she enjoys doing pet therapy work with her golden retriever, and volunteering in animal rescue.

Product Details

  • File Size: 3245 KB
  • Print Length: 457 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466463929
  • Publisher: WRITE MONTANA (January 4, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OUJGNS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #37,633 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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164 of 173 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing and Distasteful January 15, 2014
By A.
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I found this book disturbing. It begins with this child being raped by her step brother. Her mother is abusive, her step father pretty much sits back and watches the abuse, while being her friend. Then the clincher–when she turns eighteen her and the stepfather fall in love and have a physical relationship. How do you spell pedophile. This man raised her as his daughter. Now he is sleeping with her. This is a disturbed, abused, damaged girl. And this grown man takes her as his lover. Really. I found the story to feel creepy and wrong. Well written, yes. Interesting characters, yes. Core subject matter was distasteful. And to be honest I wasn’t able to finish the book. Got 75% done and just couldn’t do it anymore. Just to many things wrong with this story for me.
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88 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New voice in southern literature October 11, 2011
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With a voice as rich as sorghum molasses, Epperson seductively draws the reader into the rural south of the 60s and 70s. In the southern tradition of Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner, the author explores the depths of the human heart and spirit, with wisdom, humor, and unflinching truthfulness.

Becky Leigh Cooper's coming of age is tumultuous and touching, as she bounces back and forth between her mother Helen's abuse and her stepfather Frank's tenderness. Although the story sounds depressing, Epperson's black humor keeps it compelling and, at times, even joyful. Becky's struggle to prevail--becoming neither a "pick" (victim) nor a "picker" (abuser)--rivets the reader. What evil will Helen try next? How will brave Becky counter? Can Frank keep peace between the stepdaughter he loves and the wife he endures? Who will win this desperate contest of souls?

Discovering new authors for a reasonable price makes my Kindle a great way to read. I'm glad to find Deborah Epperson's book and look forward to the next one.
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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Was very surprised by this book January 26, 2012
By D.C.
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I will start by saying, I am still not sure how I feel about the story. I could not stop reading it, it kept my interest even though I was not completely comfortable with the premise.
The book was well written, there were a couple spots that the timeline was a little confusing, but it was still good.
I believe any book that makes you think or wonder is a great book.
I has a couple girlfriends get this to get their opinion.

There is not graphic detail, but there is severe abuse, and rape to Becky. The story and rape both start at age 13. I tell you this because it is on first page of book so does not seem like a spoiler and because not everyone is comfortable with this story line.

I enjoyed it and found it to be thought provoking. If you are ok with storyline I would definitely get it .
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51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful story - an excellent read December 31, 2011
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This story was filled with rich characters and an interesting story.

It was easy to get wrapped up in Twig's journey through her childhood with an abusive mother, to a mental hospital where she was abused again back to the home where all the trouble started to start a new life for herself in the most unlikely of ways.

Much of what her mother did to her or put her through was inexcusable but it was interesting to see the way the story wrapped up and how they pasted together a semblance of a mother/daughter relationship.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Ride of a Roller Coaster April 24, 2012
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Let me start off by saying I am an AVID reader. I have an appetite for reading that is insatiable. I'll finish a book and immediately reach (click) for the next thing to read. Breaking Twig left me wanting more, more, and more. I finished it in less than 24 hours (yeah, you know that car you honked at that was stopped at a green light? That was probably me, reading in traffic...), but I didn't move on to the next book immediately. I sat back and reflected on the story told in Breaking Twig. It was a strange sensation for me to be done with a book and not on the prowl for the next; so odd, even my children commented on it!

Breaking Twig will have you laughing, crying, cheering - to put it simply, you are INVOLVED with this book. Sure, as a reader, you can't put it down, not just because it is a great read, but because Deborah Epperson pulls you in with her fluid writing skill and believable characters.

I, for one, am anxiously awaiting the next novel from this very talented author.
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53 of 58 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing May 3, 2013
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This story had potential and was, grammatically speaking, well written. However there were many disappointing qualities. First, the characters were flat and unlikable. The villains lacked any redeeming or sympathetic qualities. Characters that should have had some degree of honesty, honor or integrity instead acted on the whim of "Momma" simply because she was sexually appealing. Even the heroine/victim, instead of learning any lesson or rebelling against the injustices served upon her, seeks only to become a "Picker" herself. Everyone acts in entirely selfish and self-serving ways, without any regard for what is right or good. At the end, we are simply left to accept, or not, as there is no redemption or remorse and the "bad behavior" simply continues. Even characters who are "good" , by loving these unlovable characters become pitiful and unlikable in their weakness. The story itself is depressing. Bad things continue to happen without end. There is no happy ending here, no lessons learned, no redemption and no resolution. It was only my own dogged determination to finish the book in order to write an honest review which kept me reading. That and a hope that in the end there would be, not simply a n explanation of why, but also a what now?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
This was a very easy read book, and I hated to put it down.
Published 7 hours ago by Barbara J Seibert
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great story
Published 3 days ago by Karen Ward
2.0 out of 5 stars this one is for someone else not me.
Did not finish the book, made it to chapter 2.
Published 10 days ago by MMWONLINE
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
A little dark but interesting.
Published 12 days ago by Thomas Battey Jr.
4.0 out of 5 stars What Doesn't Kill You, Makes You Stronger......
I liked the story and the main character, Twig (her nickname). She was strong and yet soft, which made her bendable like a twig. Read more
Published 13 days ago by GRZ
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
It was a story of survival and dealing with family
Published 15 days ago by Kastone
5.0 out of 5 stars good read
I enjoyed reading this book. It is touching on many levels, but most importantly offers much to think about and a message of always having hope.
Published 17 days ago by R. Paola
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read!
I didn't want it to end. Wanted to read something else by the author. Love a story where I can't predict what happens next!
Published 19 days ago by Elizabeth Boykin
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed Feelings
I'm glad I finished this book because it had some redeeming moments near the end. The writing is good or I would have quit reading it very early on. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Carol I.
1.0 out of 5 stars Ugly !spoiler alert!
Ninety five percent of this book is pure ugliness. To me reading about such events without cease is pure heartbreak and is not entertainment.
Published 22 days ago by A mom
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More About the Author

Deborah Epperson has a degree in biology and English and after working in the scientific field for twenty years, she turned her talents to writing fiction and nonfiction. Her award winning nonfiction and poetry have been published in newspapers and magazines in Montana and nationally. A transplanted Texan, she likes to create stories and characters steeped in the lyrical traditions and mystical surroundings of the Deep South where she grew up.

Deborah lives in beautiful Northwest Montana with her husband and two children. When not working on her next novel or article, she enjoys doing pet therapy work with her golden retriever, and volunteering in animal rescue.

Deborah enjoys hearing from her readers, so contact her at:

breakingtwig@yahoo.com
website: http://www.deborahepperson.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DDEpperson?ref=hl
Twitter: https://twitter.com/DDEpperson


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I'm very excited to see that you are considering a second book. I really enjoyed and loved reading the first one. I felt very connected to the characters. I felt true grief about Frank, felt so much for Becky and even had to laugh at Helen from time to time. What's the best way to get updates... Read More
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