Florida Grace Shepherd, eleventh child of the itinerant, snake-handling Reverend Virgil Shepherd, grew up traveling across the Appalachian South. In her heart, she raged against the constant hardships that her parents insisted were part of the Lordâs plan. As she got older, she learned of her fatherâs âbackslidingâ with other women, and watched as it drove her mother to an early grave.
Returning to Scrabble Creek, where her happiest memories took place, Grace recounts the harrowing journey of her life with the Lord, from her travels with her father to the day she finally broke free of him only to marry another preacher much older than she, as well as her own stumbles along the rocky and winding path to her own redemption.
About: Surrounded all her life by zealous religious figures, Grace Shepherd narrates her own story, from her father's revival meetings, through seduction, a failed marriage, and motherhood, to an independent life in Knoxville and a job as a waitress.
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