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The Book

How do you choose between your country, your people, and yourself?

Do you fight for change or get out while you can?


1946. Bebe Hammond, a shy bookworm with a wild imagination yearns to find her own voice in the world, but is held captive by the expectations of her family and the realities of the Jim Crow south. When faced with an odds-defying opportunity, does she risk her life in the fight for Civil Rights, or abandon her home, and fiancé, and flee to Paris to live a life she's always dreamed of? Returning the Bones is a novel that will transport you through many miles, perspectives, and epiphanies.

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"Gin Hammond's Returning the Bones is a masterpiece of storytelling. The author weaves a tale of the gripping and extraordinary life of the heroine of the piece, Carolyn Beatrice Hammond, fondly referred to as Bebe, with a language so descriptive that you can see every piece of gravel in the road and feel the heat of the sun. The depth and breadth of the journey that unfolds on every page is breathtaking and I was swept away on a sea of -emotions that ran the gamut from joy, fear, rage, love and everything in between. This is a novel that you want to savor and draw out but you won't be able to stop yourself from staying up all night so as to not miss a moment.. It's hard to believe that Bebe crammed all this living into her journey and Gin does an excellent job of taking us on it with her. "

Melanie Nicholls-King/Actor: The Wire, Anne with an E, Little Fires Everywhere, Your Honor and, Black Bird, and Playwright’s Horizons/ Producer

“A book with deep resonance. Returning the Bones has scope, history, romance and magical realism. It’s a fascinating journey.”

Steve Harper/Playwright/TV Writer

“It’s beautiful writing, ... heart-rending and chilling."

Judd Parkin/Author/Screenwriter/Producer

"The unforgettable true story of an extraordinary woman. . . both revelatory and sobering. I couldn't put this down and learned so much. It's highly recommended." 

Maggie Brookes/Novelist/Poet/Former BBC Television Producer/Journalist

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