A Novel by Vickie Weaver
the baby girl slipped out of the womb bleeding like a woman.
She bled and cried for ninety days. The first week, the
midwife helped the new parents, Mr. and Mrs. Ash, but after
that returned home to her own family of six children
(aged ten to sixteen, the ten-year-olds being twins). She
was sore relieved that she lived miles away, out of earshot
of the screaming baby. There was nothing to be done for it,
the midwife said: this one had been born with the hysteria,
and perhaps prayer would help.
Southern Gothic, dark humor, and human sexuality, wrapped in the theme of mercy killing: Billie Girl, b. 1900
"Honestly strange and strangely honest… Remarkably compelling and powerful. Weaver's authenticity of characters, situations, and by-gone eras emanates from sheer originality of style. This amazing novel is a stellar achievement--gritty, funny, fresh, and bold. It will make your eyes bug out and your pulse race. And how it shines, shines with humanity!”
--Sena Jeter Naslund, author of Ahab's Wife
“Southern Gothic to the core, suffused with a humor as dark as the bottom of a Georgia well…. Weaver has stepped forward for the benefit of anyone who reads American fiction.”
—Kirby Gann, author of Our Napoleon in Rags
“Savagely funny, wildly ambitious…. A bawdy, brutal, and beautiful meditation on identity, sex, and mercy. Weaver has a fiercely distinctive vision.”
—K.L. Cook, author of Last Calland The Girl from Charnelle
“Darkly comic, deeply poignant…. Billie Girl is the adventurer through a long, strange trip that is life itself—full of twists and turns of identity, characters high and low, and ultimately, love sought by the hardest, even when it entails the greatest sacrifices.”
—Roy Hoffman, author of Almost Family and Chicken DreamingCorn
"Featuring dark humor, quirky characters, and ambitious themes, this novel has all the ingredients for cooking up a Southern gothic novel."