Book Review: South of Everything by Audrey Taylor Gonzalez

Title: South of Everything

Author: Audrey Taylor Gonzalez

Publisher: She Writes Press

Release Date: September 15, 2015


Book Summary:

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.

Rating: 3 stars. Worth reading if you have the time.
Content: Clean. There are some racial slurs, and animal cruelty.
Source: Advanced Reader Copy from the Publisher

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  1. This sounds like something I might like, though I also don’t have a inside grasp on southern culture. However, this hasn’t been a problem in other books so far. I think I’ll check it out. Thank you for your review