Melany Neilson

Melany Neilson grew up on a farm near Ebenezer, Mississippi. Her first book, Even Mississippi, won the Lillian Smith Award and the Mississippi Authors Award, was named Gustavas Myers Outstanding Book on Human Rights, and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. She now lives in Florida with her husband, Fred Slabach, and her young twin sons. The Persia Café is her first novel.


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The Persia Cafe

Melany Neilson
Thomas Dunne Books

Growing up in a small Mississippi River town, Fannie Leary works at the local café, trying to hold her own in a world of slow expectations and hard...


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