Author: Audrey Taylor Gonzalez
Publisher: She Writes Press
Release Date: September 15, 2015
Set in 1940’s West Tennessee, South of Everything is a powerful parable about the changing South after World War II, told through the eyes of a young girl named Missy Sarah. The daughter of plantation-owning parents, Missy Sarah’s friendship with her family’s black servant, Old Thomas, leads her on a journey of self-discovery – one full of magic and spiritual richness, and which ultimately helps her find her own truth.
I’ve put off talking about this book, because I’m still not really sure how I feel about it. There was a lot of parts that I just didn’t understand. I think a lot of it was because I have no connection to southern culture, other than what I’ve read. So while I understood the general overall culture, the author wrote from a much more deeper sense and knowledge of the area.
Missy Sarah has quite the imagination, but her simple look on life, and desire to always know more especially of a spiritual nature spoke to me. I prefer a simple life, but I also love learning, and often find myself wondering and pondering on things of a spiritual nature.
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