Just in time for Mother’s Day! Be sure to join us on Saturday, May 11 from 10:30am to 12:30 pm, as we welcome native Alabamian and cherished local author, Laura Hunter, to Ernest & Hadley Books!
Beloved Mother is a braided narrative of the lives of three women - Mona, Anna and Lily - tightly woven together and surviving the harsh societal environment of an Appalachian mining town in the early to mid-1900s. One, a wild child who flies from home at the first opportunity; the next, an oppressed dreamer who marries young in an attempt to escape the poor, uncultured life her family leads; and a third, an illegitimate love-child who is as much a part of the nature of Turtleback Mountain as the flora and fauna themselves. The Beloved Mother is a self-purported wise and knowledgeable healer, offering her peculiar services to the community while training her protege to carry on her traditions…traditions questioned by the Cherokee spirits that surround.
Two religions contrast with each other—the Cherokee spirits of the native people and the Old Testament God of the white settlers—as each woman struggles to find her place. Love and hate, marriage and adultery, childbirth and abortion, all have their parts to play. Beloved Mother accurately portrays the evilness in humanity, in which the wicked corrupt the innocent to create a vicious cycle of abuse, until one person—with a heart of understanding and forgiveness—has the courage to end it.
Laura Hunter is a retired educator and an insatiable reader. Raised in Alabama hill country, her writings reflect the perseverance of the downtrodden - those who refuse to give up, even against extreme odds. Since 1994, Laura has published 16 award-winning fiction pieces, nine poems, in addition to the numerous articles published through different media outlets. Beloved Mother placed second in the Dorothy M. Lobman Novel Award for the first chapter of an unpublished novel, 2017. Up next, Laura has written a collection of fictional short stories focused on Copeland’s Crossing, Alabama. When she isn’t writing, Laura spends time reading, gardening, and meeting with her Tuscaloosa-based writing group.