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The Empress of Cooke County - by Elizabeth Bass Parman (Paperback)

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  • Posey Jarvis knows she's the rightful Empress of Cooke County . . . she just needs to make everyone else realize it too.Thirty-eight-year-old Posey Jarvis is the self-appointed "Empress" of rural Spark, in Cooke County, Tennessee.
  • Author(s): Elizabeth Bass Parman
  • 304 Pages
  • Fiction + Literature Genres, Southern


About the Book

Posey Jarvis knows she's the rightful Empress of Cooke County . . . she just needs to make everyone else realize it too.

Book Synopsis

Posey Jarvis knows she's the rightful Empress of Cooke County . . . she just needs to make everyone else realize it too.

Thirty-eight-year-old Posey Jarvis is the self-appointed "Empress" of rural Spark, in Cooke County, Tennessee. She spends her days following every word about her idol and look-alike Jackie Kennedy, avoiding her stalwart husband Vern, and struggling to control her newly defiant daughter Callie Jane--all while sneaking nips of gin. When Posey unexpectedly inherits a derelict mansion from her quirky old Aunt Milbrey, she finagles her way into hosting her high school's twentieth reunion there. She cares nothing about seeing her classmates, but she cares deeply about seeing the love of her life, a man who dumped her nineteen years ago. Possums are nesting in the parlor and the stench of cat urine permeates the sunroom, but she must be ready for the big day, even if she has to do the work herself.

Eighteen-year-old Callie Jane finds herself accidentally engaged and is panicking about her fast-approaching wedding. She's also had enough of her domineering mother. Even though she loves her father, the idea of working at his Emporium for the rest of her life just makes her . . . so sad. She longs to escape from her mother, her job, her upcoming wedding, and the creepy peeping Tom terrorizing the town. She dreams of leaving everything she's ever known in her rearview mirror and starting over in California, but when her life has been mapped out for her from birth, how can she break free?

Set in a gossipy small town during the turbulent 1960s, and full of Southern charm and unforgettable characters, The Empress of Cooke County is a novel about found family, what it means to be loved, and how being true to yourself can have life-altering consequences.

Review Quotes

'First-time novelist Parman delivers a twisted tale of small-town drama. Fans of gothic tales or Southern novels will enjoy this.'--Library Journal

'THE EMPRESS OF COOKE COUNTY gives you a juicy taste of small-town Southern life at its best! Be prepared to laugh out loud as you race through pages full of secrets, high drama, and an unpredictable ending!'--Lisa Patton, bestselling author of WHISTLIN' DIXIE IN A NOR'EASTER

'Funny, fast-moving, suspenseful, with unforgettable and deeply drawn characters, THE EMPRESS OF COOKE COUNTY will rivet readers.'--Lee Smith, New York Times bestselling author

'You won't simply read THE EMPRESS OF COOKE COUNTY, you will fall into a world we all long for: sizzling small-town life in the American south with its secret history, vivid characters, and juicy dramas. If the complicated JEZEBEL and the feisty women of STEEL MAGNOLIAS had a baby, it might be Posey Jarvis. Put on a pot of coffee, cut yourself a wedge of chess pie and dive in.'--Adriana Trigiani, New York Times bestselling author of THE GOOD LEFT UNDONE

'Get ready to laugh! Elizabeth Bass Parman is a true Southern storyteller. I couldn't have loved THE EMPRESS OF COOKE COUNTY more.'--Fannie Flagg, New York Times bestselling author

'As someone who often fantasizes about a simpler way of life, stepping back in time to Queen Bee Posey Jarvis's colorful world was a slice of literary heaven. A delightful 1960s southern charmer on every level. What a stunning, poignant debut.'--Rea Frey, #1 bestselling author of DON'T FORGET ME and THE OTHER YEAR
Dimensions (Overall): 8.38 Inches (H) x 5.5 Inches (W)
Suggested Age: 22 Years and Up
Number of Pages: 304
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: Southern
Publisher: Harper Muse
Format: Paperback
Author: Elizabeth Bass Parman
Language: English
Street Date: September 3, 2024
TCIN: 91572011
UPC: 9781400342594
Item Number (DPCI): 247-32-7346
Origin: Made in the USA or Imported
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