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Two women, a century apart, but both have had enough. 2017: Angie Fisher promises to take over her best friend’s duties as president of the West Virginia teacher’s union, but her unemployed husband fears this will cost him a job with the FBI. 1903: Angie’s great great grandmother Rosella endures devastating loss, life-threatening illness, arrest, and the destructive force ...more
Paperback, 283 pages
Published March 13th 2020 by Wild Women Writers
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Recommends it for: West Virginians, teachers, avid readers of historical fiction
If you loved Barbara Kingsolver’s work, you will love Donna Meredith’s, too. Ms. Meredith’s new book, Buried Seeds, is as intriguing as the creative title alludes. It is chock full of delicious synonyms, for example, “I have a tap root like a carrot or a beet. I wouldn’t transplant easily;” and deep metaphors, for example, “A girl had come to San Francisco, but a woman emerged from the Earthquake. All the energy suppressed by grieving had accumulated and was pouring out in every direction at onc ...more
“Buried Seeds” is an inspiring story of the strength of women in the 20th century. Donna Meredith fleshes out her characters so they feel like family. All their quirks, faults, loves, disappointments. What is most powerful in my mind is how she was able to do this while placing them in our history: The suffragettes, the fire in San Francisco, the laws that kept women from having a voice or even information about their own health. Ms. Meredith not only did extensive research to accurately portray ...more
I loved this book. Donna Meredith artfully interweaves the story of two different generations in a way that is easy to read. She conveys family dynamics in a way that makes me feel as if I'm having coffee with a favorite friend. The personal empowerment we each hopefully find buried within us is a timely theme for today. Excellent book! ...more
This is the story of two women living more than 115 years apart. Although their personal trials are different there are similarities. It is wonderful to see the impact Rosella' s life has on Angie and the choices and changes she makes. ...more
Buried Seeds is in fact a linked “dual novel,” a tale of one woman living just after the turn of the last century, who must negotiate a rising awareness of her own powerful feminine identity with the stultifying restrictions women then encountered and another woman, over a century later, facing many of the same decisions, frustrations, impediments, and deep loyalties that still need juggling; still need to be weighed one against the other. Donna Meredith brings her own deep knowledge, and no dou ...more
Stories of women who struggle against male domination and societal prejudices are both inspiring and educational. This is especially the case with Donna Meredith’s most recent novel, Buried Seeds. Moreover, her juxtapositioning of two time periods, one-hundred years apart, underscores the ongoing reality of women’s struggles but also the importance of women bonding with one another and with heroic ancestors to incorporate their courage and strength. Conflicted but courageous characterizes the tw ...more
Award-winning author Donna Meredith's newest novel asks how much two women will risk to take strong stands on important matters which pit them against their husbands and the reigning cultural norms. As Meredith delves into this theme, she skillfully weaves a tale of two protagonists separated by decades yet united by an initially unknown family link. She does so with a talent and sensitivity typical of her body of work, and the result might well be her best novel yet. Thoroughly engrossing, immi ...more
Such a good read! What a treat this novel was! The way the author intertwined and brought together similarities of two women from two completely different times in history was riveting. The stories of these two women articulated so clearly their bravery and defined in mental images how strong women really are. Such an uplifting and encouraging reminder to be true to yourself and stand for what you believe in. Loved! Loved! Loved! Have already recommended to several of my friends!
Ms. Meredith was able to smoothly weave together a story based in history as well as the present. How does ones ancestry or simply the ancestry of women effect decisions we make today. The characters were believable and identifiable. I found it to be a very enjoyable read.
Donna Meredith's books feature strong women, haloes slightly tarnished.
The Associate Editor of Southern Literary Review, she is the author of five award-winning novels, "Buried Seeds," "Fraccidental Death," "Wet Work," “The Glass Madonna” and “The Color of Lies” that are popular with book clubs, as well as the nonfiction book “Magic in the Mountains: Kelsey Murphy, Robert Bomkamp, and the West Vi ...more