The Empress of Cooke County

A Novel

by Elizabeth Bass Parman

On Sale: 2024-09-03

Price: $18.99

Book Summary

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

About the Book

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.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781400342594
  • ISBN 10: 1400342597
  • On Sale: 2024-09-03
  • Pages: 352
  • List Price: $18.99
  • Publisher: Harper Muse
  • Category 1 : FICTION / Southern
  • Category 2 : FICTION / Contemporary Women
  • Category 3 : FICTION / Small Town & Rural