Southern Culture … Old Friendships … Family Tragedy
One phone call from Renny to come home and “see about” the capricious Ava and Celia Wakefield decides to overlook her distressful past in the name of friendship.
For three reflective days at Renny’s lake house in Heber Springs, Arkansas, the three childhood friends reunite and examine life, love, marriage, and the ties that bind, even though Celia’s personal story has yet to be healed. When the past arrives at the lake house door in the form of her old boyfriend, Celia must revisit the life she’d tried to outrun.
As her idyllic coming of age alongside her best friend, Little Tea, on her family’s ancestral grounds in bucolic Como, Mississippi unfolds, Celia realizes there is no better place to accept her own story than in this circle of friends who have remained beside her throughout the years. Theirs is a friendship that can talk any life sorrow into a comic tragedy, and now that the racial divide in the Deep South has evolved, Celia wonders if friendship can triumph over history.
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PRAISE AND RECOGNITION:
On the surface, Little Tea is about three forever friends, Celia, Ava, and Renny, who come together to do what they’ve always done best: love and support each other through the uncertainties and difficulties life brings to each of us. But in this compelling story, much more lies beneath the surface. Claire Fullerton skillfully draws us into a lost world of Southern traditions and norms where past tragedies cast long, dark shadows on present-day lives, and no one ever truly escapes. Cassandra King, author of The Same Sweet Girls
Claire Fullerton once again delivers an emotional, lyrical tale and proves she’s a writer to watch. –Julie Cantrell, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of Perennials
Readers of women’s fiction and Southern fiction will find Little Tea thoroughly engrossing and satisfyingly unpredictable, as each character undertakes an emotional journey that is captured with lyrical, lilting attention to detail. Diane Donovon: Midwest Reviews