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Dysfunction Junction

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When three women receive an unexpected phone call that leaves them reeling, they have no other choice but to reckon with a lifetime of memories they’ve long tried to bury. Only in facing the past will they find their path forward.

Frances Mae Livingston’s firm grip of her family’s destructive history makes her hold her husband and four children even closer. But she’s losing bits of herself while proving to everybody and her mama that she’s enough. There’s no way she’ll repeat her mama’s mistakes, even if it kills her.

Annabelle McMillan didn’t have trouble kicking the Eastern North Carolina dust off her feet. The tough part was replanting herself in familiar soil. Now she’s blending her old life with her new husband, stepson, and unborn child. And battling old memories of abandonment and new fears of rejection.

Dr. Charlotte Winters has built a career around helping others sort through their emotional baggage. She’s also spent a lifetime refusing to unpack her own. So what if Charlotte doesn’t recall all that her mama did to her and what her daddy didn't do
for her? Her only mission is to help others help themselves…until the women from her past and the man in her future undo her well-sewn life.

At the junction of healed and hurting, broken and whole, and past and present, three women wrestle with their inability to forgive and forget in this riveting Southern family drama about sisterhood from award-winning author Robin W. Pearson.

  • Southern family saga

    Discussion questions for book groups

    For fans of Black authors like Patricia Raybon, Toni Shiloh, and Brit Bennett

    Genre: Inspirational

Praise for this book

"Southern charm flows like molasses through barbed conversations in Dysfunction Junction as three sisters strive to find healing from festering mother wounds. Robin W. Pearson's unique voice is complex and captivating." - Tessa Afshar

"You can't help choosing favorites among the Winters sisters. Then again, you'll change your mind again and again as author Robin W. Pearson brings together three finely drawn characters-Frankie, Annabelle, and Charlotte-who must reluctantly join forces to wrestle the ghosts of their troubled childhood." - Valerie Fraser Luesse

"There is healing for the broken, and Robin W. Pearson delivers a strong testament to that fact in her latest poetically written novel, Dysfunction Junction. Readers will be stirred and healed after reading this one." - Vanessa Miller

"A fascinating and insightful story. Beautifully written . . . I felt immersed in the story from the first page. Robin W. Pearson's writing has that rare mix of depth, raw honesty, while still maintaining an undertone of humor and hopefulness. The perfect book club book for an in-depth conversation. Bravo!" - Cindy Morgan

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