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Breaking TWIG [Kindle Edition]

Deborah Epperson
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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:: Over 200,000 copies of Breaking TWIG downloaded on Kindles ::

WARNING:  According to Breaking TWIG's Kindle readers, you may not be able to put this book down!

Set in rural Georgia in the 1960s, BREAKING TWIG is a coming-of-age novel about Becky (Twig) Cooper, a young woman trying to survive the physical and emotional abuse of her mother, Helen, a beautiful, calculating woman who can, with a mere look, send the meanest cur in Sugardale, Georgia running for its life.

Not even Twig's vivid imagination, keen wit, and dark sense of humor is enough to help her survive the escalating assaults of Helen and a new stepbrother, but help comes from an unexpected source--Frank, her stepfather. Sometimes, having one person who loves and believes in you is all a girl needs to keep hope alive.

Often raw and irreverent and sprinkled with all the Southern flavoring found in a good bowl of chicken and dumplings, BREAKING TWIG, is about finding love where we least expect it, destroying lives with easy lies, and realizing each of us determine our own truth.

:: Recent RAVE Reviews for Breaking TWIG ::

If you are looking for a book that takes a chance, tips the scale and
teeters on the edge of "How in the hell did she write this?!?" Then
Deborah Epperson is your girl and Breaking Twig is your story."  Melissa
E. Perea, Five-Star Reader Review

"With a voice as rich as sorghum molasses, Epperson seductively draws the
reader into the rural south of the 60s and 70s. In the southern
tradition of Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner, the author
explores the depths of the human heart and spirit, with wisdom, humor,
and unflinching truthfulness."  D. Burke, Five-star Reader Review

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3245 KB
  • Print Length: 457 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1466463929
  • Publisher: WRITE MONTANA (Jan. 4 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005OUJGNS
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #32,103 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Men do crazy things sometimes, Becky." Jan. 16 2015
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I am currently reading this book and so far I really like it. I will rate it at 4, but would like to consider once I complete it. This is one of the quotes that I read in this book which I really liked. "Men do crazy things sometimes, Becky. We do things without thinking them through. If it seems right at the moment, we just jump in." That is so true and I have seen it happening so many times in my life, and it happens often in this story. However, the story actually is more about a mother who does many stupid things without thinking and it is so sad that this type of child abuse is happening all the time in our world, and we wonder why so many children grow up with "angry spirits". Good job, Deborah Epperson, in depicting a very common problem in our society. I am sitting here now watching a "real life" story of this on the Dr. Phil show. Sad, so sad!

I finished this book today, Jan. 23, 2015 and it has some very interesting twists to it, not exactly a romance, not exactly a mystery and not exactly a self-help book, but it has a little bit of all of those things. The story is told by the main character, Rebecca (Becky) or Twig as her father and "young love" called her. I guess this quote from the story would be a good description of what the main theme is about:"It's ok, Papa and Johnny always called me Twig." Frank smiled. "Is that because you're so little?" "Yes sir, and because a twig has to be flexible to survive. Papa said a twig must bend or a bad wind will break it. He told me to think of myself as a twig."

The story has some hard parts to read, but unfortunately real life is often hard to live too. The author did a great job of telling a difficult story, and left some things to the reader's imagination in the ending. I like a book that doesn't tell one the ending in the beginning first pages. Thanks for a great read, Deborah Epperson!
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4.0 out of 5 stars It made me cry.... Dec 29 2014
By Verna
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Any book that can make me happy, sad, horrified and mad all at the same time is a good book. It's an easy read, there are no complicated plots with sub-plots and mysterious characters. But sometimes the emotions a book can evoke are more cathartic than trying to figure out "who done it".....
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3.0 out of 5 stars unexpected March 1 2014
By Amanda
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The book took several unexpected turns. It's a must-finish. The content, however, is not for everyone: a child living through mental and physical abuse from her own mother is troubling to start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars breaking twig Jan. 3 2015
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I really enjoy this book. It lest me with trying to figure out her next moves. Very enjoyable a good read
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  823 reviews
155 of 162 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing and Distasteful Jan. 15 2014
By A. - Published on Amazon.com
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I found this book disturbing. It begins with this child being raped by her step brother. Her mother is abusive, her step father pretty much sits back and watches the abuse, while being her friend. Then the clincher–when she turns eighteen her and the stepfather fall in love and have a physical relationship. How do you spell pedophile. This man raised her as his daughter. Now he is sleeping with her. This is a disturbed, abused, damaged girl. And this grown man takes her as his lover. Really. I found the story to feel creepy and wrong. Well written, yes. Interesting characters, yes. Core subject matter was distasteful. And to be honest I wasn’t able to finish the book. Got 75% done and just couldn’t do it anymore. Just to many things wrong with this story for me.
88 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New voice in southern literature Oct. 11 2011
By D. Burke - Published on Amazon.com
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With a voice as rich as sorghum molasses, Epperson seductively draws the reader into the rural south of the 60s and 70s. In the southern tradition of Tennessee Williams and William Faulkner, the author explores the depths of the human heart and spirit, with wisdom, humor, and unflinching truthfulness.

Becky Leigh Cooper's coming of age is tumultuous and touching, as she bounces back and forth between her mother Helen's abuse and her stepfather Frank's tenderness. Although the story sounds depressing, Epperson's black humor keeps it compelling and, at times, even joyful. Becky's struggle to prevail--becoming neither a "pick" (victim) nor a "picker" (abuser)--rivets the reader. What evil will Helen try next? How will brave Becky counter? Can Frank keep peace between the stepdaughter he loves and the wife he endures? Who will win this desperate contest of souls?

Discovering new authors for a reasonable price makes my Kindle a great way to read. I'm glad to find Deborah Epperson's book and look forward to the next one.
42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Was very surprised by this book Jan. 26 2012
By DinaC - Published on Amazon.com
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I will start by saying, I am still not sure how I feel about the story. I could not stop reading it, it kept my interest even though I was not completely comfortable with the premise.
The book was well written, there were a couple spots that the timeline was a little confusing, but it was still good.
I believe any book that makes you think or wonder is a great book.
I has a couple girlfriends get this to get their opinion.

There is not graphic detail, but there is severe abuse, and rape to Becky. The story and rape both start at age 13. I tell you this because it is on first page of book so does not seem like a spoiler and because not everyone is comfortable with this story line.

I enjoyed it and found it to be thought provoking. If you are ok with storyline I would definitely get it .
51 of 54 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Powerful story - an excellent read Dec 31 2011
By Lady Angell - Published on Amazon.com
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This story was filled with rich characters and an interesting story.

It was easy to get wrapped up in Twig's journey through her childhood with an abusive mother, to a mental hospital where she was abused again back to the home where all the trouble started to start a new life for herself in the most unlikely of ways.

Much of what her mother did to her or put her through was inexcusable but it was interesting to see the way the story wrapped up and how they pasted together a semblance of a mother/daughter relationship.
30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping Ride of a Roller Coaster April 24 2012
By Joribear - Published on Amazon.com
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Let me start off by saying I am an AVID reader. I have an appetite for reading that is insatiable. I'll finish a book and immediately reach (click) for the next thing to read. Breaking Twig left me wanting more, more, and more. I finished it in less than 24 hours (yeah, you know that car you honked at that was stopped at a green light? That was probably me, reading in traffic...), but I didn't move on to the next book immediately. I sat back and reflected on the story told in Breaking Twig. It was a strange sensation for me to be done with a book and not on the prowl for the next; so odd, even my children commented on it!

Breaking Twig will have you laughing, crying, cheering - to put it simply, you are INVOLVED with this book. Sure, as a reader, you can't put it down, not just because it is a great read, but because Deborah Epperson pulls you in with her fluid writing skill and believable characters.

I, for one, am anxiously awaiting the next novel from this very talented author.
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