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Crystal Wilkinson

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Crystal Wilkinson was born in Hamilton, Ohio, in 1962 and raised in Indian Creek, Kentucky. Her grandparents, Silas and Christine Wilkinson, took her into their care when she was six weeks old. Often describing herself as a country girl, Wilkinson's work reflects a love and homage to her Appalachian roots. She recalls growing up on her grandparent's farm where her grandfather planted tobacco and corn and made sorghum molasses and her grandmother worked as a domestic worker for school teachers in the county. "I lived an enchanted childhood," Crystal says in remembering her days roaming the knobs and hills of her home. "My grandparents gave me the freedom to explore the countryside and to write, to dream, to discover. They wanted me to have t ...more

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“My father had been buried for a month when my mother came back to claim me. She returned as somebody even I didn’t recognize—a spirit barely alive imprisoned in her body, a husk. When we returned home, I mourned as much for the loss of my mother as I did for my father. Even then her shoulders had started to slump in surrender. Her skin had begun to wrinkle.”
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“But it was long before then that I realized that my mother was no longer there. That she had died with my father. I was a little girl being raised by spirits. In”
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“But some of us have moved away and they are the ones who miss this street the most. They will always belong here even when they think they no longer do.”
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Peter Carlson Hey Crystal,

Imagine my surprise and delight when I opened my Goodreads 'New from authors on your shelf' email and found "The Birds of Opulence". I don't frequent FB that often so I had no idea you were working on a new novel. Congrats! Good luck getting it out into the world!

Metta,
Peter


Serenity Welcome, Crystal! I am so glad you now made it over to Goodreads! xo


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