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About the author:
Tiffany McDaniel is an Ohio native whose writing is inspired by the rolling hills and woods of the land she knows. Drawing from her Cherokee heritage, she is a poet, a novelist, and a visual artist. Her debut novel, The Summer That Melted Everything, won the Guardian‘s Not the Booker award and the Ohioana Reader’s Choice Award. She is the author of Betty, an international best seller and a Friends of American Writers Chicago, the Society of Midland Authors, Nautilus Book Award, and Ohioana Library Readers’ Choice Award winner.
Based on the unsolved murder case of the Chillicothe Six, On the Savage Side tells the story of twin sisters Arc and Daffy, who are born and raised in Chillicothe, Ohio. Despite their vivid imaginations, there’s no escaping the generational chaos that grips their family and the opioid epidemic that has a chokehold over their small town. “Addiction,” Arc says, “was the home that raised us.” So they cling to one another tightly, and as an adult, Arc begins to wrestle with the memories of their life—their father’s death, their volatile relationship with their mother, life in the shadow of a town that’s been economically abandoned—just as a local woman is discovered drowned in the river. Soon, the bodies of other women are found, too, but the police keep turning a blind eye. And while her friends disappear around her, Arc desperately tries to uphold a promise she made as a child: to keep her and her sister safe, despite all of the odds stacked against them, despite the pull to follow in theirmother’s footsteps, to give in to the cycle of drug abuse and violence they’d do anything to break free from.