Robert Hicks is the New York Times bestselling author of the novels The Widow of the South and A Separate Country. He lives in Tennessee.
"A novel about family and friendship and the boundaries of
obligation and loyalty. It's about the power of knowledge and the
temptation of revenge, about the psychic and social implications of
the end of slavery in a racially unjust society. Filled with
beautiful dialogue and finely-wrought characters, the novel is a
must-read." Chapter 16"
"THE ORPHAN MOTHER resonates with readers on many levels-as a compelling novel documenting the violent years of Reconstruction, as a heartfelt story of the inner strengths unearthed by a mother confronted with unspeakable sorrow, and as a memorable testament to friendships between young and old, male and female, black and white. The latter offers perhaps a ray of hope in these times of racial injustice we readers are still experiencing, 150 years after the events of this gripping and timely novel." Bookpage"
"Hick's bittersweet novel reveals a woman discovering a new sense of self in slavery's aftermath... A beautifully rendered portrait for all lovers of Civil War fiction." Library Journal "
"Speaks to timely questions about cultural appropriation... eloquent and subtle insights into the struggles of motherhood, relationships and loss" Atlanta Journal Constitution"
"Offers a story of race and redemption...compelling...In Mariah, Hicks has created a strong and noble soul." Fort Worth Star Telegram"
"When you finish THE ORPHAN MOTHER, Hicks's words seep into your soul." Franklin Homepage"
"Hicks is a talented storyteller and this story moves at a clip." Publishers Weekly"
"A fascinating continuation to the saga, THE ORPHAN MOTHER is a historical beauty." Read It Forward"