The Pecan Children
by Quinn Connor
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Pub Date 04 Jun 2024 | Archive Date 15 Jun 2024
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For fans of The Midnight Library and Demon Copperhead comes a breathtaking story of magical realism about two sisters, deeply tied to their small Southern town, fighting to break free of the darkness swallowing the land—and its endless cycle of pecan harvests—whole.
How long will you hold on when your world is gone?
In a small southern pecan town, the annual harvest is a time of both celebration and heartbreak. Even as families are forced to sell their orchards and move away, Lil Clearwater, keeper of a secret covenant with her land, swears she never will. When her twin Sasha returns to the dwindling town in hopes of reconnecting with the girl her heart never forgot, the sisters struggle to bridge their differences and share the immense burden of protecting their home from hungry forces intent on uprooting everything they love.
But there is rot hiding deep beneath the surface. Ghostly fires light up the night, and troubling local folklore is revealed to be all too true. Confronted with the phantoms of their pasts and the devastating threat to their future, the sisters come to the stark realization that in the kudzu-choked South, nothing is ever as it appears.
A story of the love between sisters, and an allegory of decay in small-town America, The Pecan Children walks the line between beauty and horror.
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I just adore these writers!! Easily an auto buy author (duo) for me!
Filled with an intoxicating magical realism and this intricate system of breadcrumbs that you start to realize have been sprinkled throughout, The Pecan Children is a beautifully written book about home, family, love and loss.
Set against the kudzu choked backdrop of this pecan plantation in rural Arkansas, Lil tends the pecan harvests year after year. It’s a time she loves, even though the town has been sold off piece by piece, bringing a sense of melancholy. When her twin sister Sasha returns home, Lil reluctantly incorporates her back into the work their family has had for generations.
But, something is lurking just on the edge… something much older, something darker… something that could pop their meager little bubble. With much love and care for the characters, Quinn Connor writes a deeply satisfying story, one in which I never saw coming.
In The Pecan Children, we follow more than just Lil and Sasha. There are other characters, there are other events happening simultaneously to pull all of this together so perfectly. There is this dark and mysterious lore to the woods and a responsibility passed down, creating this utter hold over me. I loved every single minute!
Gorgeous stunning horror realism with gorgeous world building and a hefty plant and soil motifs thanks for the arf
I really enjoyed the magical realism of this butt. It uses the allegory of decay in small town. America perfectly and shows the horror that can happen The characters were what I was looking for in this type of book and I enjoyed the bond of the two sisters. Quinn Connor has a great way of telling a story and showing the allegory between the pages. I was never bored during reading this, and look forward to reading this.
After reading “Cicadas Sing of Summer Graves” last summer, I immediately jumped at the chance to read and review a new book by the talented author duo. And let me tell you, this book was everything I wanted it to be.
The story follows twin sisters lives, as they try their best to keep themselves - and the isolated, dying town - afloat. Lil takes care of the pecan orchard, as she always has, now more carefully than ever, as all the surrounding orchards keep falling to ruins. Sasha has returned from New York, and now does odd jobs around town, helping out everyone but her sister. The two have a rhythm that gets shaken by old friends and lovers turning up unexpectedly, truly testing the fragility of the life they’ve been living...
There is just something so cozy and comforting, and yet at times suffocating, about a small town setting, and the authors have once again managed to pull it off really well. It was essential in the story being told, the way characters fit together, the subtle - and then not so subtle - darker parts of the book. Speaking of which, the magical realism was a perfect and balanced blend, even more so than the previous book by Quinn Connor, at least in my subjective opinion (a good thing got better? it’s more likely than you think).
This was a short and well crafted story I would recommend to anyone looking for quality read during long evenings - while the book is set to come out in summer, I can only imagine the experience of reading this in autumn.. both dark and sweet, just like a pecan pie.
The Pecan Children is the hauntingly beautiful story of the Clearwater sisters, set in a Southern town famous for it's bountiful pecan trees. Lil, the primary caretaker for the family's orchard, has dutifully harvested the pecans season after season since the death of her mother. Sasha, recently returned to town after years living in New York, is trying to find her place in town without stepping on her sister's toes in their orchard. I loved both Lil and Sasha, and the secondary characters that shaped their everyday life.
Laced with hauntingly beautiful magic, this absolutely engrossing Sothern gothic tale is one of my favorite reads in a long time. I was a huge fan of Quinn Connor's debut novel, Cicadas Sing Of Summer Graves, so I was so excited to be able to get an early copy of The Pecan Children, and I felt like it absolutely lived up to my expectations. I look forward to reading whatever these authors put out in the future!
Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an advanced copy of The Pecan Children in exchange for my honest review.
Coming of age
After the death of her mother, Lil Clearwater has to look after the family pecan orchard on her own until her twin, Sasha, returns home after living in New York.
Their home town is slowly dilapidating as families are forced to sell their land and move away, but the twins refuse to sell their mother’s land.
The annual pecan festival brings home all their old friends including Jason, Lil’s ex and Autumn, the best friend and object of Sasha’s affection.
Nothing in town is as it seems. Phantom fires, children born from pecan trees and someone known as the hungry man are but a few things wrong with the town.
This book was weird but good, the same way that Twin Peaks was weird but good. At times you don’t know what’s going on but you keep going. In the end everything comes together but leaves you with so many questions.
The book was extremely creepy and I highly recommend to it others who enjoy reading weird and wonderful stories.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts are my own.
A huge thank you to Netgalley for this copy