Forgiveness Road

Forgiveness Road

by Mandy Mikulencak

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Overview

In this powerful and ultimately uplifting new novel set in 1970s Mississippi, the acclaimed author of The Last Suppers tells of three generations of women whose lives are thrown into upheaval when a dark secret is brutally exposed . . .
 
On a hot, humid July morning, sixteen-year-old Cissy Pickering calmly and deliberately shoots her father in the back.
 
To their Mississippi community, the death of well-regarded attorney Richard Pickering is a fascinating scandal. To Cissy’s distraught mother, Caroline, it’s an unforgivable crime. But in Cissy’s troubled mind, killing her father was the only way she knew to save the two people she loves most in the world. For years, Cissy has endured a devil’s bargain with her father, hoping that he would leave her younger sisters alone if she kept his abuse to herself. When that thin trust shattered, she saw no other choice.
 
Janelle Clayton, the family’s matriarch, has kept her distance from her daughter, Caroline—a fact she now regrets—yet she hopes to do right by her granddaughter. Cissy has always been an unusual girl, given to compulsive counting and list-making, but Janelle believes her implicitly. When Cissy is remanded to the Greater Mississippi State Hospital, a caring psychiatrist tries to help, yet new revelations drive Cissy to retreat even further from reality. It will fall to Janelle, despite her own failing health, to become Cissy’s advocate and rescuer. And over the course of an unlikely road trip, Janelle and Cissy will confront the truths they’ve hidden from the world and themselves, finding courage, deep-rooted resilience, and a bond tender and tough enough to transform them both.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781496710062
Publisher: Kensington
Publication date: 02/26/2019
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 250,575
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Mandy Mikulencak has been a writer her entire working life. First, as a journalist then as an editor and PR specialist for two national nonprofits and a United Nations agency. Today she lives in the mountains of Southwest Colorado with her husband. Readers can visit her website at www.mandymikulencak.com.

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Forgiveness Road 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
GratefulGrandma 24 days ago
4.5 Bittersweet Stars. This is a heart-breaking family saga set in the 1970’s, in Mississippi. It centers around Cissy Pickering, who shoots and kills her father to protect her younger sisters. Cissy had been assaulted by her father for years and when she realized that he was ready to move on to her younger sister, she did what she needed to in order to protect her. Cissy's grandmother, Janelle, steps up to help her when her mother Caroline does not believe her. Cissy ends up in a mental hospital rather than in prison, but she is far from crazy. When Janelle slips Cissy away when she is in the hospital, they have to deal with being on the run and saving themselves. This book deals with some very sensitive issues of incest, abortion, and institutionalizing women in the past for protecting themselves. This was a very emotional read, so be prepared for lots of feelings. The characters were well-developed in most cases, but there were some things missing that I would have liked to know more about. While Cissy and Janelle were very likable, Caroline was one I disliked very much. The story was well-written in a no nonsense manner. As I read quickly through the story, I was hoping that Cissy would come out okay in the end. I will say, I both loved and hated the ending. I liked this story and the author's writing very much. This is the first book I have read by this author, but I will look for other books by Mandy Mikulencak in the future. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
_NormaJean 25 days ago
Ms. Mikulencak has written a compelling story of a sixteen year old girl, Cissy Pickering, who does the unthinkable. She kills her father by shooting him in the back. She is arrested and shows no remorse during questioning. All she will say is, “I had to do it to protect my little sisters.” Her mother turns on her, blaming her for ruining her life, but her grandmother, Janelle, does all that she can to protect Cissy. She hires an attorney who convinces the judge to send Cissy to a mental hospital instead of prison. This is a very emotional story, filled with dysfunctional family drama. I was drawn into the story from the first chapter and couldn’t put the book down until the end. This is the first book I have read by this author, but it definitely won’t be the last. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
_NormaJean 25 days ago
Ms. Mikulencak has written a compelling story of a sixteen year old girl, Cissy Pickering, who does the unthinkable. She kills her father by shooting him in the back. She is arrested and shows no remorse during questioning. All she will say is, “I had to do it to protect my little sisters.” Her mother turns on her, blaming her for ruining her life, but her grandmother, Janelle, does all that she can to protect Cissy. She hires an attorney who convinces the judge to send Cissy to a mental hospital instead of prison. This is a very emotional story, filled with dysfunctional family drama. I was drawn into the story from the first chapter and couldn’t put the book down until the end. This is the first book I have read by this author, but it definitely won’t be the last. I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
AHHP 3 months ago
The only reason I did not give this book five stars is because it needs an epilogue. The were loose ends. The author is excellent. I have read The Last Suppers by the same author and it is excellent as well
CLynnT 7 months ago
This new novel by Mandy Mikulencak wastes no time getting intense. Cissy grabs a pistol, calmly strolls out to the garage and shoots her father in the back. 16-year old Cissy refuses to discuss why she killed her father or defend herself. With no choice, the court sends her to the state mental hospital to be incarcerated until she’s considered sane enough to stand trial for murder. Cissy’s mother can’t forgive her, so it’s left up to her grandmother Janelle to represent Cissy and fight for her best interests. As the two slowly peel back the layers of what really happened within that supposedly happy and healthy home, we’re constantly trying to determine if she’s truly crazy or did she have just cause to murder her father. With beautiful and eloquent writing, the author speaks from Cissy’s mind, exposing her memories, describing her daily visits with God as the two play chess and slowly explaining the war within this young girl’s fragile mind. This was a gentle and solemn read that will stick with you long after the last page. (I received an advance copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review. Thank you to Kensington Books and NetGalley for making it available.)
lauriesophee 9 months ago
"Only our minds keep those dark moments alive and breathing, and only our minds can put them to rest." A heartbreaking, yet amazing journey of a young girl, named Cissy. She has secrets that nobody should bare and yet a strong constitution and a delightful soul that will save her from hatred and allow her to someday love and once more trust. This novel is set in the 1970's in Mississippi. Cissy finds herself in a psychiatric facility for murder. Her biggest and only advocate is her grandmother who not only believes in her granddaughter, but will do whatever she must to rescue her from this punishment. This includes kidnapping! The excursion is liberating for both granddaughter and grandmother and truly an in-depth look at heartache, pain, abuse and love to the maximum. This is an excellent story and the writing is phenomenal! Well done!
CathyGeha 9 months ago
Forgiveness Road by Mandy Mikulencak This book hit home and made me think of my mother, now deceased, and the story of abuse she revealed to me the day her father died. I was a freshman in college when she unburdened herself and did my best to absorb her pain. Her mother was not there for her but her grandmother was...and her grandmother had been in a mental institution so...there were definitely parallels in this book that made me think of not only my family but also of friends who told me of similar abuse in their own lives. This book was well written and not easy to read due to the weighty issues that were dealt with – incest, child abuse, cutting, psychological care/institutionalization, bigotry, the race divide, religion, God/dess, cancer, domestic battery, dysfunctional families...and more. Cissy is a truly good person with an outlook on life that was interesting to read. She was mature for her years and there for her sisters in so many ways. She developed coping skills to deal with the physical and mental abuse her father handed out and these coping mechanisms at times made her seem peculiar. Even after reading the ending of the book I am unsure just what Cissy will end up doing and almost wish there had been an epilogue so I would know just what happens next. Thank you to NetGalley and Kensington Books for the ARC – This is my honest review. 4 Stars