Book Review: ‘Hieroglyphics: A Novel’ By Jill McCorkle

In Southern Pines, N.C. we follow the characters of Lil and Frank, who have moved back here from the Boston area to be with their daughter Becca. Frank wants to look into his past and keeps going to the old house he grew up in. He lost his father at a young age and has never really gotten over it. Lil is going over her past as well as she writes her journals for her kids.

In the house that Frank use to live in is Shelley, who lives with her son Harvey. She has another son Jason who is away at school. Her husband left her and she has no idea where he is at the moment. Both Shelley and Harvey have emotional issues that we follow as we read the book. Shelley is guarded and we soon learns she has secrets that she doesn’t want to come out. Of course secrets can never stay buried.

An emotional story that will tug at your heart as you read it. You understand what each character is going through and why they are feeling like they feel.

You can pick up Hieroglyphics in stores now from Algonquin Books.

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