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Southern fiction and Mother-Daugther Relationships

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’
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Kindle Edition, 457 pages
Published (first published September 22nd 2011)
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Melissa
You know I like authors that have guts and take chances and put themselves out there for the whole world to criticize. Deborah Epperson set herself up to be completely ripped to shreds with some of the plot points in this novel and because of that I stinking LOVE her guts.

I fully realize this book isn't going to resonate the same way with every reader. I understand the desire that might prompt someone to give this book a lesser rating or poor review, but honestly it could totally happen. Just b
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Kelly Thurman
Aug 13, 2012 Kelly Thurman rated it it was ok
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Jenny
Dec 28, 2011 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mg-5th-7th
A story of survival under physical and emotional abuse. A reminder that we control our lives based on the way we choose to react to situations.
Pauline Tilbe
May 01, 2012 Pauline Tilbe rated it it was amazing
Another reviewer said they read this book in 5 hours. I couldn't. Mainly because the characters are so complex that it drew me in deeply. The style of Deborah Epperson's writing made me feel like I was in the house, watching to tormented Becky Cooper struggle through her young life. It's a very dark story, not a pretty, happy little package. Every time I thought Becky was able to turn a corner and might find happiness, the story took another turn. A glimpse into a southern town in the 60's and 7 ...more
Lisa
Feb 12, 2012 Lisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This was a free book on Pixel of Ink. The premise looked interesting, and I will say that the overall plot had some things going for it. The primary concept--an abused girl grows up to find herself becoming the thing she despises--has plenty going for it. The author came up with some satisfying plot resolutions, and the characters pretty much all had both good and bad features rather than falling into the "white hat"/"black hat" trap.

But...but. I kept looking for a depth of emotion that I just d
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Aurora Smith
Apr 12, 2013 Aurora Smith rated it liked it
This book was… Interesting. I enjoyed it although I hated myself for enjoying it. It's very very dark!Horrible things happen to Twig, horrible things happen to mama as well. But I don't care what happened to mama, she is awful no matter what happened! Her character is up there with Lord Voldermort for me. If I had to combine movies to describe this book it would be the movies home fries, Sling Blade and girl interrupted. Most of the time I think that authors can combine their three books and mak ...more
Angie
Jan 25, 2012 Angie rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. It was a perfect coming of age story set in the south in a dysfunctional home. The setting and time and characters are rolled into the most perfect story. Becky Leigh was the main character and her life unfolds as the story of Pickers and Picks that Grandpa Eli tells her. The world is made up of pickers who bully people by picking a person and wearing them down to nothing. The details of the abuse this child endured broke my heart. I have not context for that kind of violence ...more
C.
Nov 06, 2011 C. rated it it was amazing

The author skillfully draws the reader into the world of Becky (Twig) Cooper and the rural Georgia of the 60’s and 70’s. The book follows Becky from the age of 5 to 21 and her turbulent struggle with her abusive mother, Helen, and her growing friendship with Frank, the stepfather who risks everything to protect her. Becky is the narrator, so the reader is privy to her internal musings and her dark humor and keen wit. It’s her humor, the well defined, multi-layered characters, and the sharp-edged
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Faith McKay
Jan 02, 2012 Faith McKay rated it it was amazing
I wasn't sure what I thought about this book at first, but then I realized I really just wanted to step into the book and give all the characters a hug to commemorate all we'd been through together. The characters in this book were very real and well developed. SO MUCH happens in this book, I doubt you'll ever be bored.
Carol
Sep 01, 2012 Carol rated it it was amazing
I could not put the book down...it was literally so captivating that I held my Kindle while canning banana peppers and cooking and could not wait for the next chapter. Ms. Epperson, you have done a wonderful job and I hope that you do not stop with Rebecca and Breaking Twig...just awesome.
Paula
Mar 22, 2012 Paula rated it it was amazing
A book of survival. My life was soooo blessed compared to lots of people. This book is a glimpse of Becky Leigh's life and how she survived. I was constantly reading, not wanting to put book down. Kept me entertained all the way through
Robin
Jul 29, 2015 Robin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Breaking Twig came to me via a link for a free book. It took me a while to get around to reading it. I put it off because the description lead me to think it might not be something I was really going to enjoy. Boy oh Boy was I wrong!

As I started reading Twig, I was so gripped by this poor little girl's plight that I just had to force myself to keep reading. Why? Hope is why. I had to continue to read Twig's story because if I quit reading it meant I'd given up any hope of her ever finding any ha
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Cheryl
Jun 08, 2012 Cheryl rated it it was ok

I would probably give this book 2.5 stars- but I could not finish it after the 17th chapter. The incest scene ruined my ability to finish this book. I recieved it free for my kindle fire so I did not fee bad deleting it from my e reader.

I have very mixed feelings about this book. I like the authors writing style,not a lot of fluff- things happened without having to weed thru alot of fluff writing. The things that happened to the main character throughout the book were awful. I kept reading hopi
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jheepi
Jan 05, 2012 jheepi rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2011
Reading this book was a bit like reading The Kite Runner... Very thought provoking, but makes you think of things you'd rather not. The author did a good job (too good a job even) of portraying certain types of people and situations. When I finished reading, all I could think was "I hope she didn't have first-hand experience."
N. Sasson
Feb 21, 2012 N. Sasson rated it it was amazing
Fantastic read! Breaking Twig definitely has its dark moments, but ultimately it's a story about love, forgiveness and the freedom that truth delivers. Twig's mother is an intriguing character that you'll love to hate and Frank is Twig's salvation and pillar. If you like a book where the characters are multi-dimensional and undergo not only the trials of life, but internal journeys of discovery and redemption, this is a must-read.
Natalie Richards
Dec 29, 2013 Natalie Richards rated it it was ok
The concept of this book was interesting, has some really good reviews and was my kind of book..or so I thought; a young girl growing up in 50s Southern America and all the bad things that happen to her.....BUT, there was just no real depth of emotion for me, it didn`t feel raw and I felt no connection to the protaganist, as much as I wanted to. ...more
Sue
Apr 13, 2012 Sue rated it it was amazing
I had a hard time putting this book down. The strength and courage of Twig "Becky" was remarkable. From poor little girl to grown women her story is one not to miss.
Kathy Jung
Feb 17, 2012 Kathy Jung rated it it was amazing
I was intrigued by the cover of this book. I've never read any of Deborah Epperson's books before but was delighted with this one. I highly recommend it!
Allison
Mar 26, 2012 Allison rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I really enjoyed this book. It was well written and full of very interesting plot twists. I couldn't put it down.
Hayley Messing
Jan 27, 2012 Hayley Messing rated it it was amazing
Shelves: freebies
Loved it. It was heart wrenching. I shed a few tears.
kathy
Jan 12, 2012 kathy rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. Fast reading.
Julie
Dec 27, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing
**MINOR SPOILERS** **YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED***

I downloaded this when it was free the other day and was not sure what to expect. However, I ended up liking the book quite a bit. It *is* mostly a depressing story, with the poor narrator, Rebecca, suffering a number of hardships during the years that the book covers (from when she's 13 to when she's 21 if I remember correctly). Her father dies and her mother remarries a man who will become a big influence in Rebecca's life. A positive influence, whic
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Brittany
Apr 28, 2012 Brittany rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle-shelf
I'm kind of torn about how I want to rate this book. I tend to be very black and white, so I can't give it 3 stars because, well, I didn't "like it". Two stars seems appropriate because this book really was just okay.

I was initially drawn into the book from the beginning because I really like the character of Twig. However, as terrible thing after terrible thing happens to her, you see her personality shift and she starts to become jaded. She narrates on her life and appears to be a put togethe
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Kim
This was a beautiful novel, possibly one of the most genuine voices I've ever read.
Only a really good book can give off that feeling of "place". Each time you open the book you go back to the exact same time, the same place, the same people. You belong in that world - it's like a feeling of 'being', like home. This is one of those really good books.
We meet Twig at age 13, just months after her father dies. Her mother remarries within 3 months of his death, giving Twig a new stepfather and a ste
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Dina Cop
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. Th
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Kaitie
Jan 28, 2012 Kaitie rated it liked it
Shelves: southern, family
It was hard for me to figure out how I felt about this book. On the one hand, I was very into it and it was hard to put down. However, so many awful things happen to Becky throughout the book that I felt bad for liking it. Rape, incest, child abuse, mental institutions, abortion...I'm not sure there was an awful topic that wasn't part of Becky's life. But she was a likable character and you just couldn't help rooting for her and hoping that her life would turn around.

I don't want to spoil the e
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Roxanne
Oct 04, 2011 Roxanne rated it really liked it
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Stasi C.
Jan 25, 2012 Stasi C. rated it really liked it
I picked this book for 2 reasons, 1 was b/c it was free on my kindle and two the cover and title were intriging. (i know, i know your not supposed to judge a book by its cover...) I really actually enjoyed the book. The had ups and downs and twists and turns, just when you think things are going to work out for the main character another wrench is thrown into the scenario. It is hard to imagine someone suffering so much as the main character did. There also were some very unexpected turn of even ...more
Becky
Feb 01, 2012 Becky rated it really liked it
Oh my. This book was great, the start of it was very hard for me. I hated how terrible the mom was to the main character Becky Leigh. (I love that the name of the girl was Becky Leigh...that IS my name!)

After I had a talk "with myself", I plunged in and was taken away into a very messed up home life of this girl. Even throughout her early adult life, her mom was able to minpulate anyone/everyone. So sad how we can let people do that.
Kathy Dixon
Aug 19, 2015 Kathy Dixon rated it really liked it
It was hard to read about the abuse Twig went through, especially as a child by the hands of her own mother. It was also hard to put the book down. I was beginning to think this girl would never find love and then peace. It was a journey exploring the psychological aspects circumstances had in her life. I wanted to emphasize with the mother but just could not forgive her for how she treated her daughter. There is no acceptable excuse for the abuse she administered. I applaud the main character's ...more
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Born and raised in the Deep South, Deborah Epperson received a BS degree in biology and English in Texas, and pursued post graduate work in chemistry at Georgia Tech. After working in the scientific field for twenty years, she turned her talents to writing fiction and nonfiction. Her award winning nonfiction and poetry have been published in newspapers and magazines locally and nationally.

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“Grandpa Eli had often told me that the real truth was seldom what we thought it was. "Most of the time," he said,"people choose to believe a story because it fills their need. At other times, they're afrad not to believe it. Then right or wrong, that belief becomes their truty.” 4 likes
“A line in the sand can become a rut. A rut can become a ditch, and a ditch can be worn down into a pit. There's not much difference between a pit and a grave.” 3 likes
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