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It May Not Leave a Scar
by Milam McGraw Propst
Mercer University Press, 2001
ISBN: 0-86544-719-X
 
  Recently widowed Sarah Sinclair was sick of the gossip, the sympathetic remarks, and her daughter's out of control behavior. She sold her car, closed the house, packed hers and Mo's belongings, and moved from Memphis to Metarie, Louisiana for a fresh start.

The problem was, as it often is, that the Sinclairs' troubles traveled to Metarie with them.  Mo quickly resumed her drinking and wild behavior, Sarah found a job, and the pair drifted along, trying to put the past behind them.  The past, however they might try to ignore it, remained with them. The picture of Mo's father, lying violently, sickeningly dead by his own hand, was always in the background.  The suicide was never spoken of, never shared with anyone outside the dysfunctional little family, but still held them in its grip, coloring the present as well as the past.

When the next generation appeared in the form of Sis, Mo's daughter, it looked as if things might turn around for the Sinclairs.  Once again, though, the past intervened and the terrible secret continued its work, affecting one who was unaware of its existence.  Would the past ever lose its grip on the Sinclair family?  Could the three generations forgive each other for the wounds that had cut deep and never been healed?

It May Not Leave a Scar is the story of three generations that grappled with a terrible secret, an event so painful that they could not speak of it. Instead, they let it fester over like an abscess under the skin, affecting them all differently, yet profoundly.

It is also the story of the redemptive power of forgiveness and the strength of family relationships, even in the worst of circumstances.  Through three finely drawn characters, the author shows a world that all can relate to and draw strength from.

Milam McGraw Propst has crafted a superb story that will not be easy to forget.
Dr. Martine G. Bates
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