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About the Author: Beth Duke

Beth Dial Duke was born in Anniston, Alabama. She lived on the Gulf Coast of Florida for many years, though she carries red clay everywhere she goes and always will.

Beth is married to Jay and the proud mother of Jason and Savannah.

The author of numerous prize-winning short stories, her work has been featured in elite magazines and included in the British anthology "The Possibility of Bears" after winning an international fiction competition in 2010.

As a copyrighted jewelry designer and former vintage jewelry dealer, she is uniquely qualified to pen her debut's opener, "Jewels." It was her first work of fiction in 2008 and won second place in a national competition.

In addition to song parodies, pithy letters and sometimes scathing news commentary, she writes a somewhat regular blog about anything and everything at

Happily located in the scenic mountains of her home state, she lives with her family and eleven loyal chickens, two lovable dogs and a randomly affectionate cat. She loves baking elaborate cupcakes, long walks to the nearby lake, sparkly things, great shoes, and will travel at the drop of a hat.

Her first novel, "Delaney's People", was published in 2011 and has touched the hearts of thousands. The sequel, "Don't Shoot Your Mule", was introduced on November 23, 2012.

Book group members rank among her very favorite people, and she'd be delighted to join you for discussion.

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A Novel in Small Stories by

Goodreads rating: 4.12

Paperback, Published in Nov 2011 by Art of Dixie

ISBN10: 0615568440 | ISBN13: 9780615568447

Page count: 186

This award-winning debut presents us with over two hundred and fifty years of love, loss, shame, secrets, sacrifice, joy, and biting humor in twenty-one beautifully crafted tales of young Delaney Robinson's family. Spanning Mary Kathleen's heroic struggles to save her husband and sons from Ireland's 19th century potato famine to young Delaney's own parents' lives in modern Alabama, the characters are vivid and extraordinarily familiar, resonating with readers long after the final page is turned.

DELANEY'S PEOPLE is an intricate story told through a unique, intimate medium in which each family member becomes as real as your own, narrating in his or her own voice. At the heart of this book lies the truth: each of us tell our version of history a little bit differently.

"Every scene, every character in this wonderfully colorful depiction of Dixie evokes both the vulnerable and gritty parts of a people and region. Beth Duke's DELANEY'S PEOPLE weaves together strands of the past and present as seamless as pearls, treating her readers to a collection chock full of loving detail, big-hearted humor and tender insight."
-Kimberly Brock, author of THE RIVER WITCH

"Beth Duke's works are as real as grits and gravy in The South, and her usage of her Southern English has the taste of Mama's biscuits."
-Randy Owen
Grammy-winning songwriter and lead singer of Alabama

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