The Past Is Never

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A compelling addition to contemporary Southern Gothic fiction, deftly weaving together local legends, magical realism, and the search for a missing child.

Winner of the Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction, the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Fiction Award, and Mississippi Author Award for Adult fiction.

Siblings Bert, Willet, and Pansy know better than to go swimming at the old rock quarry. According to their father, it's the devil's place, a place that's been cursed and forgotten. But Mississippi Delta summer days are scorching hot and they can't resist cooling off in the dark, bottomless water. Until the day six-year-old Pansy disappears. Not drowned, not lost . . . simply gone.

After years with no sign, no hope of ever finding Pansy alive, Bert and Willet have tried to move on. But as surely as their mother died of a broken heart, they can't let go. So when clues surface drawing them to the remote tip of Florida, they drop everything and drive south. Deep in the murky depths of the Florida Everglades they may find the answer to Pansy's mysterious disappearance . . . but truth, like the past, is sometimes better left where it lies.

Perfect for fans of Flannery O'Connor and Dorothy Allison, The Past Is Never is an atmospheric, haunting story of myths, legends, and the good and evil we carry in our hearts.

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  • Mary Beth

    On a hot summer day, Bert, Willet, and Pansy went swimming swimming in the quarry in Missippi Delta. They were not allowed to swim there since it was known to be cursed. Their father always told them ...

  • Angela M

    4+ stars . After I read the first few of pages, I thought maybe this was going to be a little too eerie, a little too dark, a little too suspenseful, a little out of my comfort zone. I continued readi...

  • Diane S ?

    Southern Gothic takes us to the Mississippi Delta and a quarry said to be evil, cursed. Three siblings told to give a berth to this quarry, instead it becomes a place they regularly go to swim. Someth...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    4 mesmerizing, mysterious, magical stars to The Past Is Never ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ This is a hard book to describe at first thought! I read Tiffany Quay Tyson’s debut, Three Rivers, and adore...

  • Norma * Traveling Sister and proud Grandma!!!

    Wow! So many great books that I have read since my little reading break! I loved this one and what an absolutely wonderful ending!!!Thank you so much to Edelweiss for the opportunity to read an advanc...

  • Susanne  Strong

    4 Stars.Growing up in the Mississippi Delta, siblings, Bert, Willet and Pansy, don’t have the easiest life, but they have each other. Pansy is the youngest, the favorite and is spoiled rotten. Their...

  • Theresa Alan

    This is a sumptuously written novel. Told from the point of view of Bert (Roberta Lynn), she’s fourteen years old when she and her sixteen-year-old brother Willet go in search of berries, leaving th...

  • Cheri

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ”Old black water, keep on rollin'Mississippi moon, won't you keep on shinin' on me?“Keep on shinin' your lightGonna make everything, everythingGonna make everything all righ...

  • Marialyce

    4+ to a "quite a story" story!This was a fascinating tale of family and the concept that family does not always mean blood. This tale brought together many characters chief among them were: Bert, Will...

  • Bridget Vollmer

    4 1/2 heartbreaking stars. I really don’t know what to say about this book. It was so sad yet so beautiful. I really wanted a different ending but the ending was strangely perfect. I felt so connect...