Pub Date 01 Jan 2015
In her riotous debut novel, Melanie Denman probes the silent sacrifices
of motherhood with unflinching honesty and warmhearted amusement. Set in
the Bible Belt of Deep East Texas, Visiting the Sins is a darkly funny
story about mothers and daughters, naked ambition, elusive redemption,
and all the torment it's possible to inflict in the name of family.
Down through the decades, the lofty social aspirations of the feisty but perennially dissatisfied Wheeler women - Pokey, the love-starved, pistol-packing matriarch; Rebanelle, the frosty former beauty queen turned church organist; and Curtis Jean, the backsliding gospel singer - are exceeded only by their unfortunate taste in men and a seemingly boundless capacity for holding grudges. A legacy of feuding and scandal lurches from one generation to the next with tragic consequences that threaten to destroy everything the Wheeler women have sacrificed their souls to build.
“Melanie Denman comes from a long and celebrated tradition of [S]outhern
writers combining pathos and humor with glorious results. Her
characters–the women in particular–are marvelous: irreverent, scandalous
and unapologetically themselves. Her language is as fresh and original
as they are, and she uses a wonderfully unconventional structure to
create this multi-generational family saga… has you laughing and crying,
sometimes within the very same scene…”
Malena Watrous — If You Follow Me