Last Suppers
by Mikulencak, Mandy

In 1950s Louisiana, Ginny Polk's quest to provide meals for death row prisoners leads her into the secrets of her own past.

Mandy Mikulencak has been a writer her entire working life. First, as a journalist then as an editor and PR specialist for two national nonprofits and a United Nations agency. Today she lives in the mountains of Southwest Colorado with her husband, Andy. She writes YA and adult fiction. Her first book, Burn Girl, has been honored with a 2016 Westchester Fiction Award. Readers can visit her website at

Ginny's father was murdered when she was eight years old. He was a guard at the Greenmount State Penitentiary in Louisiana, and as justice for her beloved daddy's death, Ginny was made to watch his killer's execution. Maybe that's why as an adult Ginny is obsessed with death-row inmates. Working as a prison cook, she makes daily life more bearable for prisoners and insists on making their last meals. She hounds relatives for recipes so that her dishes can taste as close to memory as possible. Aside from her passion for cooking, Ginny has been in a relationship with her father's best friend for years. Roscoe was a guard with her daddy and is the warden now. How can Ginny reconcile her past with her present and make peace with her father's memory so that she can move forward? In this novel of compassion, readers will find a humanizing light in a normally dark place. Mikulencak, also author of the YA novel Burn Girl (2015), even includes recipes for southern favorites at the end. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.

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