In West Mills by De'Shawn Charles Winslow

In West Mills

For readers of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie and The Turner House, an intimately told story about a woman living by her own rules and the rural community that struggles to understand her.Azalea “Knot” Centre is determined to live life as she pleases. Let the people of West Mills say what they will; the neighbors’ gossip won’t keep Knot from what she loves best: cheap moonshine, nineteenth-century literature, and the company of men. And yet,...

Details In West Mills

TitleIn West Mills
Release DateJun 4th, 2019
PublisherBloomsbury Publishing
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, Adult

Reviews In West Mills

  • Angela M
    “Why you so set on bein lonely, Knot.” Otis Lee Loving, Knot’s best friend and neighbor asks the question, but I’m not sure I ever found an answer here, and I’m not sure that Knot knew the answer herself. But she does know enough about herself to make decisions that we may not agree with, but are better for some like the two babies she gives up. “I woulda kept that child if I didn’t care ‘bout her.” Azalea Centre known as Knot i...
  • Elyse Walters
    Hats off to debut author *De’Shawn Charles Winslow*!!!!! I’m memorizing his name!!! *De’Shawn Charles Winslow* is sooooooo talented!!! His writing is indisputable, unequivocal, irrefutable, genuine, infallible, delicious, intimate, witty, moving, heartwarming & heartbreaking, imaginary, soothing, compassionate, gratifying, nuanced, beautiful, and hunky-dory ENJOYABLE!!!!!*Azalea Centre*....who everyone calls **Knot**....loves .....( in no p...
  • Stacy Campbell
    In West Mills is not a debut novel. It can’t be. From the first line of the novel, I knew I was in for a Southern adventure. What I didn’t anticipate was the familiarity of the journey. Azalea “Knot” Centre is the woman other women hate, and the woman men slap their thighs in tribute and regret as she passes. Even her arrival in West Mills left one citizen off-kilter for years. This is the magic of De’Shawn Charles Winslow’s storytell...
  • Brenda
    “In West Mills” is a novel that spans almost 50 years beginning in 1941. The main character Azalea AKA “Knot” is ornery, fiercely independent, has many vices and refuses to be influenced or told what to do by anyone. A true firecracker, she tells it like it is. She enjoys her moonshine and living life on the edge. In a time where it is necessary to keep many skeletons in the closet, she keeps and hides many secrets. In the 40’s, 50’s,...
  • Stephanie Skees
    A beautifully written novel, In West Mills, transports the reader to an African-American community filled with rich and complex relationships ranging from love, to blurred friendship riddled with a lot of grace and acceptance. Azalea "Knot" Centre is a captivating protagonist with her inability to be bossed around, resistance of a "socially acceptable" lifestyle and relatable love of moonshine. De'Shawn Charles Winslow successfully uses a mix of ...
  • Maxie
    The narrative takes place in a small African American community during the 1940s through the 1970s. Embedded in this delightful and inspiring read the audience is taken through the trials and tribulations of a strong, feisty African American young lady who suffers the inequalities of the American society. Knot touched me as a reader and a woman who experiences many of the doubts and negative impressions inflicted on young women who want to follow...
  • Patricia Romero
    Azalea Marie Centre aka Knot, a nickname from her father. We follow her story from 1941 to 1987. She has moved to the town of West Mills, North Carolina to teach school. Or to be out from under her family, either way, she's here and she's a complete mystery to the town folk of this African-American town.At a time when single women weren't swilling down moonshine on the regular nor enthralled with 19th Century literature and for goodness sakes, th...
  • Hannah Fenster
    IN WEST MILLS is, at its core, an invitation: a welcome to the vast universe inside a small town, where personalities loom larger than buildings and relationship histories provide the backdrop for all other events. Smart and trusting of its readers, it slips you names and secrets so fast you’ll start to think you’ve always known them. Yes, this novel opens kitchens and porches to us with undeniable generosity—and it reveals the intimate exp...
  • James Beggarly
    What a fun and warm book. Azalea ‘Knot’ Centre is an amazing character, who speaks her mind at all times and seems to love men, moonshine and Dickens equally. It’s wonderful to spend forty years with her, her lifelong friend Otis Lee and all their family and friends and the secrets they all try and keep from each other in a small town in North Carolina. A smart book that is told with great humor and heart.
  • Shawna
    Thank you Edel Weiss/Above the Treeline for the advanced copy This is good. So good that I had trouble reading it on my e-reader so sat for hours infront of my computer on a plastic chair to finish it. I loved the writing - it was like my own grandmother was telling me a story. The characters were realistic, vividly painted, and frustrating as hell. The story flowed well, and moved at a good pace, keeping things interesting, while moving at a goo...
  • Lannitra
    I enjoyed this book. The story was interesting. I enjoyed seeing the growth and development of Knot's spirit and unconventional throughout the book. I would like to give a special thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for allowing me to read an advanced copy.
  • Lee
    West Mills is a highly entertaining, uniquely written novel about the African American community of West Mills, in the rural South from 1941 to 1987. The main character, Azalea “Knot”, a strong personality, loves her moonshine and refuses to be bossed around by anyone. It’s a story about relationships, love and friendships. It’s filled with wonderfully complex and amazing characters. It explores difficult choices, inner strength and heart...
  • reader from a star
    A very special book which takes you to 1941.It is very difficult to build an indulging plot and take the reader on a journey to a different time, and in this part, the book does a great job!.I really admire the narration style which is very interesting. The start itself boosts the interest and hits with great impact. Knot our main character who is audacious and desires to be independent but What is the price to be independent to someone like her....
  • Mrs.
    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of In West Mills.This was a most original novel. I haven't read anything like it for a long time. It was almost a stream-of-consciousness or birth to death saga of Azealea, known as "Knot". This book uncovered some very sad truths about racial and gender inequalities throughout American history. It also revealed the sad reality of family trees with twisted roots due to "shame" of unwed mothers and/...
  • Lauren Archer
    Thank you NetGalley and Bloomsbury for an Advanced Reader’s Copy of this book. This book is a phenomenal debut. It is small and subtle, but will personally sit with me quite a while. The story takes place in an African America community in North Carolina between the 1940’s and 1980’s. The main character “Knot” was way ahead of her time, never felt she had to follow the norms. It was so much fun to follow this very independent w0man who ...