The Past Is Never

The Past Is Never

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

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Title:The Past Is Never
Author:Tiffany Quay Tyson
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:1510726829
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

The Past Is Never Reviews

  • Sandra Bond
    Feb 06, 2018

    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 that it was evil, the devil's place. Bert and Willet wander off and when they co...

    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. Something horrible happened here in the past, bug the past is never, it is carried inside th...

    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 reading and a few pages later I knew that I would not be able to abandon this writing. ...

    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 adored it. It was a simple book with beautiful writing and a story of family. I was thrilled when I...

    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 advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review! ...

    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 mom treats her like royalty and when he?s around (which isn?t often), their d...

    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 their six-year-old sister Pansy swimming in the quarry. Pansy is the strongest swimmer o...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Old black water, keep on rollin' Mississippi moon, won't you keep on shinin' on me? ?Keep on shinin' your light Gonna make everything, everything Gonna make everything all right And I ain't got no worries 'Cause I ain't in no hurry at all.? --...

    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, Willet, and Pansy. The children, as well as their parents, were attracted to an old ro...

    This was a good story of family secrets, family bonds, family past, present and future. It's told in an atmospheric, dark, tension-filled manner. Six-year old Pansy goes missing without a trace after a swim in the quarry on a blistering hot summer day. Her 2 siblings are left with qu...

    An Absolute Gem! Hurry up and write more! Save time to enjoy this amazing jewel of a book--the best I've read in months! ...

    Stop what you?re doing and read this book right now!!! ...

    This novel was exceptionally written. I really enjoyed it. Four stars because I felt unsettled by the Black/Seminole historical parts being written by a white woman, and because there were too many sexual assault scenes. ...

    Tiffany Quay Tyson transported this westerner to the South with superb, rich language, and I loved living there! The details she used to paint place left me feeling I am expert myself. This is the experience I love in a novel. The characters are authentic with their quirks and mixed mo...

    SUCH a GOOD book!! Southern fiction at its best. I hope everyone reads this beautiful story! ...

  • Cheri
    Feb 10, 2018

    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 that it was evil, the devil's place. Bert and Willet wander off and when they co...

    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. Something horrible happened here in the past, bug the past is never, it is carried inside th...

    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 reading and a few pages later I knew that I would not be able to abandon this writing. ...

    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 adored it. It was a simple book with beautiful writing and a story of family. I was thrilled when I...

    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 advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review! ...

    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 mom treats her like royalty and when he?s around (which isn?t often), their d...

    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 their six-year-old sister Pansy swimming in the quarry. Pansy is the strongest swimmer o...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Old black water, keep on rollin' Mississippi moon, won't you keep on shinin' on me? ?Keep on shinin' your light Gonna make everything, everything Gonna make everything all right And I ain't got no worries 'Cause I ain't in no hurry at all.? --...

  • Michelle (meshe)
    Jun 16, 2018

    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 that it was evil, the devil's place. Bert and Willet wander off and when they co...

    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. Something horrible happened here in the past, bug the past is never, it is carried inside th...

    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 reading and a few pages later I knew that I would not be able to abandon this writing. ...

    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 adored it. It was a simple book with beautiful writing and a story of family. I was thrilled when I...

    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 advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review! ...

    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 mom treats her like royalty and when he?s around (which isn?t often), their d...

    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 their six-year-old sister Pansy swimming in the quarry. Pansy is the strongest swimmer o...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Old black water, keep on rollin' Mississippi moon, won't you keep on shinin' on me? ?Keep on shinin' your light Gonna make everything, everything Gonna make everything all right And I ain't got no worries 'Cause I ain't in no hurry at all.? --...

    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, Willet, and Pansy. The children, as well as their parents, were attracted to an old ro...

    This was a good story of family secrets, family bonds, family past, present and future. It's told in an atmospheric, dark, tension-filled manner. Six-year old Pansy goes missing without a trace after a swim in the quarry on a blistering hot summer day. Her 2 siblings are left with qu...

    An Absolute Gem! Hurry up and write more! Save time to enjoy this amazing jewel of a book--the best I've read in months! ...

    Stop what you?re doing and read this book right now!!! ...

    This novel was exceptionally written. I really enjoyed it. Four stars because I felt unsettled by the Black/Seminole historical parts being written by a white woman, and because there were too many sexual assault scenes. ...

    Tiffany Quay Tyson transported this westerner to the South with superb, rich language, and I loved living there! The details she used to paint place left me feeling I am expert myself. This is the experience I love in a novel. The characters are authentic with their quirks and mixed mo...

    SUCH a GOOD book!! Southern fiction at its best. I hope everyone reads this beautiful story! ...

    Is the past ever dead? Can it be put behind you, and if so, how far back in the past can you leave something? Can the present ? and future ? be affected by a past you didn?t even realize existed? Those are the questions readers will be asking themselves after the final page is...

    Tiffany Quay Tyson?s The Past is Never begins as a mystery about a child?s disappearance, grows into an indictment of racism and the hatred and despair it weaves through a society, and then blossoms into full redemption. The book is a dark journey of the soul that illuminates into ...

    I have a thing for motives and endings when it comes to plot drivers. I appreciate a good mystery & would chase it til the last page given that it SHOULD make sense in the end. Though I love some parts of of this book, I dislike the ending because it felt shallow and, IMHO, didn?...

    Dark secrets of the past lurk in the deep recesses of the mind, like the no longer wanted things some people of White Forest, Mississippi, discard into the waters of an old rock quarry. People have been lost there, too. Elements of southern gothic fiction are woven through the web o...

    Descriptive Southern fiction... Willet, Bert and Pansy are siblings growing up in the small town of White Forest, Mississippi. Hot summer days are spent trying to find ways to cool down...inevitably leading them to the quarry, an off limits but irresistible destination for the child...

    This book is so good--a juicy Southern Gothic family novel set in Mississippi of the later 1970s, but its tendrils extend back to the Civil War era and especially the 1940s, with a thought-provoking take on personal and political history that will make it linger long in my mind. A fami...

    I loved this book - such a clever writer able to hold my attention whilst deftly moving from current to past . Her writing style is beautiful and really brought to life the Mississippi delta and the Florida swamps, neither of which I know much about. Well rounded and interesting charac...

    I won this book on Facebook from Deep South Magazine. This family, the stories they lived, the life they told. It was dark, so dark in parts that it was painful. But there was a light too and it balanced the dark. The characters, even the minor ones were so well written that I feel l...

  • Marialyce
    Feb 04, 2018

    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 that it was evil, the devil's place. Bert and Willet wander off and when they co...

    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. Something horrible happened here in the past, bug the past is never, it is carried inside th...

    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 reading and a few pages later I knew that I would not be able to abandon this writing. ...

    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 adored it. It was a simple book with beautiful writing and a story of family. I was thrilled when I...

    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 advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review! ...

    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 mom treats her like royalty and when he?s around (which isn?t often), their d...

    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 their six-year-old sister Pansy swimming in the quarry. Pansy is the strongest swimmer o...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Old black water, keep on rollin' Mississippi moon, won't you keep on shinin' on me? ?Keep on shinin' your light Gonna make everything, everything Gonna make everything all right And I ain't got no worries 'Cause I ain't in no hurry at all.? --...

    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, Willet, and Pansy. The children, as well as their parents, were attracted to an old ro...

  • Petra
    Jul 29, 2018

    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 that it was evil, the devil's place. Bert and Willet wander off and when they co...

    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. Something horrible happened here in the past, bug the past is never, it is carried inside th...

    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 reading and a few pages later I knew that I would not be able to abandon this writing. ...

    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 adored it. It was a simple book with beautiful writing and a story of family. I was thrilled when I...

    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 advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review! ...

    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 mom treats her like royalty and when he?s around (which isn?t often), their d...

    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 their six-year-old sister Pansy swimming in the quarry. Pansy is the strongest swimmer o...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Old black water, keep on rollin' Mississippi moon, won't you keep on shinin' on me? ?Keep on shinin' your light Gonna make everything, everything Gonna make everything all right And I ain't got no worries 'Cause I ain't in no hurry at all.? --...

    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, Willet, and Pansy. The children, as well as their parents, were attracted to an old ro...

    This was a good story of family secrets, family bonds, family past, present and future. It's told in an atmospheric, dark, tension-filled manner. Six-year old Pansy goes missing without a trace after a swim in the quarry on a blistering hot summer day. Her 2 siblings are left with qu...

  • Theresa Alan
    May 04, 2018

    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 that it was evil, the devil's place. Bert and Willet wander off and when they co...

    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. Something horrible happened here in the past, bug the past is never, it is carried inside th...

    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 reading and a few pages later I knew that I would not be able to abandon this writing. ...

    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 adored it. It was a simple book with beautiful writing and a story of family. I was thrilled when I...

    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 advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review! ...

    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 mom treats her like royalty and when he?s around (which isn?t often), their d...

    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 their six-year-old sister Pansy swimming in the quarry. Pansy is the strongest swimmer o...

  • Lauren Hopkins
    Sep 18, 2018

    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 that it was evil, the devil's place. Bert and Willet wander off and when they co...

    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. Something horrible happened here in the past, bug the past is never, it is carried inside th...

    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 reading and a few pages later I knew that I would not be able to abandon this writing. ...

    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 adored it. It was a simple book with beautiful writing and a story of family. I was thrilled when I...

    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 advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review! ...

    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 mom treats her like royalty and when he?s around (which isn?t often), their d...

    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 their six-year-old sister Pansy swimming in the quarry. Pansy is the strongest swimmer o...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Old black water, keep on rollin' Mississippi moon, won't you keep on shinin' on me? ?Keep on shinin' your light Gonna make everything, everything Gonna make everything all right And I ain't got no worries 'Cause I ain't in no hurry at all.? --...

    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, Willet, and Pansy. The children, as well as their parents, were attracted to an old ro...

    This was a good story of family secrets, family bonds, family past, present and future. It's told in an atmospheric, dark, tension-filled manner. Six-year old Pansy goes missing without a trace after a swim in the quarry on a blistering hot summer day. Her 2 siblings are left with qu...

    An Absolute Gem! Hurry up and write more! Save time to enjoy this amazing jewel of a book--the best I've read in months! ...

    Stop what you?re doing and read this book right now!!! ...

    This novel was exceptionally written. I really enjoyed it. Four stars because I felt unsettled by the Black/Seminole historical parts being written by a white woman, and because there were too many sexual assault scenes. ...

    Tiffany Quay Tyson transported this westerner to the South with superb, rich language, and I loved living there! The details she used to paint place left me feeling I am expert myself. This is the experience I love in a novel. The characters are authentic with their quirks and mixed mo...

    SUCH a GOOD book!! Southern fiction at its best. I hope everyone reads this beautiful story! ...

    Is the past ever dead? Can it be put behind you, and if so, how far back in the past can you leave something? Can the present ? and future ? be affected by a past you didn?t even realize existed? Those are the questions readers will be asking themselves after the final page is...

    Tiffany Quay Tyson?s The Past is Never begins as a mystery about a child?s disappearance, grows into an indictment of racism and the hatred and despair it weaves through a society, and then blossoms into full redemption. The book is a dark journey of the soul that illuminates into ...

    I have a thing for motives and endings when it comes to plot drivers. I appreciate a good mystery & would chase it til the last page given that it SHOULD make sense in the end. Though I love some parts of of this book, I dislike the ending because it felt shallow and, IMHO, didn?...

    Dark secrets of the past lurk in the deep recesses of the mind, like the no longer wanted things some people of White Forest, Mississippi, discard into the waters of an old rock quarry. People have been lost there, too. Elements of southern gothic fiction are woven through the web o...

    Descriptive Southern fiction... Willet, Bert and Pansy are siblings growing up in the small town of White Forest, Mississippi. Hot summer days are spent trying to find ways to cool down...inevitably leading them to the quarry, an off limits but irresistible destination for the child...

    This book is so good--a juicy Southern Gothic family novel set in Mississippi of the later 1970s, but its tendrils extend back to the Civil War era and especially the 1940s, with a thought-provoking take on personal and political history that will make it linger long in my mind. A fami...

    I loved this book - such a clever writer able to hold my attention whilst deftly moving from current to past . Her writing style is beautiful and really brought to life the Mississippi delta and the Florida swamps, neither of which I know much about. Well rounded and interesting charac...

    I won this book on Facebook from Deep South Magazine. This family, the stories they lived, the life they told. It was dark, so dark in parts that it was painful. But there was a light too and it balanced the dark. The characters, even the minor ones were so well written that I feel l...

    This book was very complex and haunting. The disappearance of a father and a little sister change the life of a family seeped in secrets. It took me most of the book to realize that the author was weaving two stories at the same time which would culminate in a bit of a disappointing en...

    I devoured this beautiful novel from cover to cover. Once I stepped into Bert's world, I couldn't let go, and I found myself thinking about these characters and their struggles at all hours of the day. I loved the juxtaposition of Bert's viewpoint with the historical aspects of the sto...

    Favorite Passage: But superstition and folk tales hold more power than science and logic. The unknown gets elevated with myth and legend. Cracks in the physical world get spackled over with fantasy: ghosts and devils, spirits and gods. People want explanations. People want answers. No ...

    Wow. You can almost feel the heat and the mosquitos and the loss, guilt, and grieving in this book. The effects of growing up after a younger sister goes missing and the father abandons the family for unclear reasons. The story is woven with present day and the past, which all come to ...

    I really enjoyed this book. Bert & her brother, Willett were supposed to keep an eye on little sister, Pansy, who disappears while swimming at the rock quarry. They had always been warned not to go there because it was evil & haunted by spirits. I loved the history of the quarr...

    Literally the world's worst dad. ...

  • Jim Ringel
    Apr 09, 2018

    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 that it was evil, the devil's place. Bert and Willet wander off and when they co...

    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. Something horrible happened here in the past, bug the past is never, it is carried inside th...

    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 reading and a few pages later I knew that I would not be able to abandon this writing. ...

    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 adored it. It was a simple book with beautiful writing and a story of family. I was thrilled when I...

    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 advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review! ...

    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 mom treats her like royalty and when he?s around (which isn?t often), their d...

    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 their six-year-old sister Pansy swimming in the quarry. Pansy is the strongest swimmer o...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Old black water, keep on rollin' Mississippi moon, won't you keep on shinin' on me? ?Keep on shinin' your light Gonna make everything, everything Gonna make everything all right And I ain't got no worries 'Cause I ain't in no hurry at all.? --...

    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, Willet, and Pansy. The children, as well as their parents, were attracted to an old ro...

    This was a good story of family secrets, family bonds, family past, present and future. It's told in an atmospheric, dark, tension-filled manner. Six-year old Pansy goes missing without a trace after a swim in the quarry on a blistering hot summer day. Her 2 siblings are left with qu...

    An Absolute Gem! Hurry up and write more! Save time to enjoy this amazing jewel of a book--the best I've read in months! ...

    Stop what you?re doing and read this book right now!!! ...

    This novel was exceptionally written. I really enjoyed it. Four stars because I felt unsettled by the Black/Seminole historical parts being written by a white woman, and because there were too many sexual assault scenes. ...

    Tiffany Quay Tyson transported this westerner to the South with superb, rich language, and I loved living there! The details she used to paint place left me feeling I am expert myself. This is the experience I love in a novel. The characters are authentic with their quirks and mixed mo...

    SUCH a GOOD book!! Southern fiction at its best. I hope everyone reads this beautiful story! ...

    Is the past ever dead? Can it be put behind you, and if so, how far back in the past can you leave something? Can the present ? and future ? be affected by a past you didn?t even realize existed? Those are the questions readers will be asking themselves after the final page is...

    Tiffany Quay Tyson?s The Past is Never begins as a mystery about a child?s disappearance, grows into an indictment of racism and the hatred and despair it weaves through a society, and then blossoms into full redemption. The book is a dark journey of the soul that illuminates into ...

  • Beth
    Jun 12, 2018

    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 that it was evil, the devil's place. Bert and Willet wander off and when they co...

    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. Something horrible happened here in the past, bug the past is never, it is carried inside th...

    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 reading and a few pages later I knew that I would not be able to abandon this writing. ...

    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 adored it. It was a simple book with beautiful writing and a story of family. I was thrilled when I...

    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 advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review! ...

    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 mom treats her like royalty and when he?s around (which isn?t often), their d...

    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 their six-year-old sister Pansy swimming in the quarry. Pansy is the strongest swimmer o...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Old black water, keep on rollin' Mississippi moon, won't you keep on shinin' on me? ?Keep on shinin' your light Gonna make everything, everything Gonna make everything all right And I ain't got no worries 'Cause I ain't in no hurry at all.? --...

    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, Willet, and Pansy. The children, as well as their parents, were attracted to an old ro...

    This was a good story of family secrets, family bonds, family past, present and future. It's told in an atmospheric, dark, tension-filled manner. Six-year old Pansy goes missing without a trace after a swim in the quarry on a blistering hot summer day. Her 2 siblings are left with qu...

    An Absolute Gem! Hurry up and write more! Save time to enjoy this amazing jewel of a book--the best I've read in months! ...

    Stop what you?re doing and read this book right now!!! ...

    This novel was exceptionally written. I really enjoyed it. Four stars because I felt unsettled by the Black/Seminole historical parts being written by a white woman, and because there were too many sexual assault scenes. ...

    Tiffany Quay Tyson transported this westerner to the South with superb, rich language, and I loved living there! The details she used to paint place left me feeling I am expert myself. This is the experience I love in a novel. The characters are authentic with their quirks and mixed mo...

    SUCH a GOOD book!! Southern fiction at its best. I hope everyone reads this beautiful story! ...

    Is the past ever dead? Can it be put behind you, and if so, how far back in the past can you leave something? Can the present ? and future ? be affected by a past you didn?t even realize existed? Those are the questions readers will be asking themselves after the final page is...

    Tiffany Quay Tyson?s The Past is Never begins as a mystery about a child?s disappearance, grows into an indictment of racism and the hatred and despair it weaves through a society, and then blossoms into full redemption. The book is a dark journey of the soul that illuminates into ...

    I have a thing for motives and endings when it comes to plot drivers. I appreciate a good mystery & would chase it til the last page given that it SHOULD make sense in the end. Though I love some parts of of this book, I dislike the ending because it felt shallow and, IMHO, didn?...

    Dark secrets of the past lurk in the deep recesses of the mind, like the no longer wanted things some people of White Forest, Mississippi, discard into the waters of an old rock quarry. People have been lost there, too. Elements of southern gothic fiction are woven through the web o...

    Descriptive Southern fiction... Willet, Bert and Pansy are siblings growing up in the small town of White Forest, Mississippi. Hot summer days are spent trying to find ways to cool down...inevitably leading them to the quarry, an off limits but irresistible destination for the child...

    This book is so good--a juicy Southern Gothic family novel set in Mississippi of the later 1970s, but its tendrils extend back to the Civil War era and especially the 1940s, with a thought-provoking take on personal and political history that will make it linger long in my mind. A fami...

    I loved this book - such a clever writer able to hold my attention whilst deftly moving from current to past . Her writing style is beautiful and really brought to life the Mississippi delta and the Florida swamps, neither of which I know much about. Well rounded and interesting charac...

    I won this book on Facebook from Deep South Magazine. This family, the stories they lived, the life they told. It was dark, so dark in parts that it was painful. But there was a light too and it balanced the dark. The characters, even the minor ones were so well written that I feel l...

    This book was very complex and haunting. The disappearance of a father and a little sister change the life of a family seeped in secrets. It took me most of the book to realize that the author was weaving two stories at the same time which would culminate in a bit of a disappointing en...

    I devoured this beautiful novel from cover to cover. Once I stepped into Bert's world, I couldn't let go, and I found myself thinking about these characters and their struggles at all hours of the day. I loved the juxtaposition of Bert's viewpoint with the historical aspects of the sto...

    Favorite Passage: But superstition and folk tales hold more power than science and logic. The unknown gets elevated with myth and legend. Cracks in the physical world get spackled over with fantasy: ghosts and devils, spirits and gods. People want explanations. People want answers. No ...

    Wow. You can almost feel the heat and the mosquitos and the loss, guilt, and grieving in this book. The effects of growing up after a younger sister goes missing and the father abandons the family for unclear reasons. The story is woven with present day and the past, which all come to ...

    I really enjoyed this book. Bert & her brother, Willett were supposed to keep an eye on little sister, Pansy, who disappears while swimming at the rock quarry. They had always been warned not to go there because it was evil & haunted by spirits. I loved the history of the quarr...

    Literally the world's worst dad. ...

    Well written with different stories that merge together ...

  • Diane S ☔
    Oct 21, 2017

    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 that it was evil, the devil's place. Bert and Willet wander off and when they co...

    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. Something horrible happened here in the past, bug the past is never, it is carried inside th...

  • Susanne Strong
    Feb 03, 2018

    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 that it was evil, the devil's place. Bert and Willet wander off and when they co...

    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. Something horrible happened here in the past, bug the past is never, it is carried inside th...

    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 reading and a few pages later I knew that I would not be able to abandon this writing. ...

    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 adored it. It was a simple book with beautiful writing and a story of family. I was thrilled when I...

    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 advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review! ...

    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 mom treats her like royalty and when he?s around (which isn?t often), their d...

  • Angela M
    Mar 18, 2018

    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 that it was evil, the devil's place. Bert and Willet wander off and when they co...

    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. Something horrible happened here in the past, bug the past is never, it is carried inside th...

    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 reading and a few pages later I knew that I would not be able to abandon this writing. ...

  • Susanna
    Mar 17, 2018

    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 that it was evil, the devil's place. Bert and Willet wander off and when they co...

    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. Something horrible happened here in the past, bug the past is never, it is carried inside th...

    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 reading and a few pages later I knew that I would not be able to abandon this writing. ...

    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 adored it. It was a simple book with beautiful writing and a story of family. I was thrilled when I...

    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 advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review! ...

    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 mom treats her like royalty and when he?s around (which isn?t often), their d...

    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 their six-year-old sister Pansy swimming in the quarry. Pansy is the strongest swimmer o...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Old black water, keep on rollin' Mississippi moon, won't you keep on shinin' on me? ?Keep on shinin' your light Gonna make everything, everything Gonna make everything all right And I ain't got no worries 'Cause I ain't in no hurry at all.? --...

    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, Willet, and Pansy. The children, as well as their parents, were attracted to an old ro...

    This was a good story of family secrets, family bonds, family past, present and future. It's told in an atmospheric, dark, tension-filled manner. Six-year old Pansy goes missing without a trace after a swim in the quarry on a blistering hot summer day. Her 2 siblings are left with qu...

    An Absolute Gem! Hurry up and write more! Save time to enjoy this amazing jewel of a book--the best I've read in months! ...

    Stop what you?re doing and read this book right now!!! ...

    This novel was exceptionally written. I really enjoyed it. Four stars because I felt unsettled by the Black/Seminole historical parts being written by a white woman, and because there were too many sexual assault scenes. ...

    Tiffany Quay Tyson transported this westerner to the South with superb, rich language, and I loved living there! The details she used to paint place left me feeling I am expert myself. This is the experience I love in a novel. The characters are authentic with their quirks and mixed mo...

    SUCH a GOOD book!! Southern fiction at its best. I hope everyone reads this beautiful story! ...

    Is the past ever dead? Can it be put behind you, and if so, how far back in the past can you leave something? Can the present ? and future ? be affected by a past you didn?t even realize existed? Those are the questions readers will be asking themselves after the final page is...

    Tiffany Quay Tyson?s The Past is Never begins as a mystery about a child?s disappearance, grows into an indictment of racism and the hatred and despair it weaves through a society, and then blossoms into full redemption. The book is a dark journey of the soul that illuminates into ...

    I have a thing for motives and endings when it comes to plot drivers. I appreciate a good mystery & would chase it til the last page given that it SHOULD make sense in the end. Though I love some parts of of this book, I dislike the ending because it felt shallow and, IMHO, didn?...

    Dark secrets of the past lurk in the deep recesses of the mind, like the no longer wanted things some people of White Forest, Mississippi, discard into the waters of an old rock quarry. People have been lost there, too. Elements of southern gothic fiction are woven through the web o...

    Descriptive Southern fiction... Willet, Bert and Pansy are siblings growing up in the small town of White Forest, Mississippi. Hot summer days are spent trying to find ways to cool down...inevitably leading them to the quarry, an off limits but irresistible destination for the child...

    This book is so good--a juicy Southern Gothic family novel set in Mississippi of the later 1970s, but its tendrils extend back to the Civil War era and especially the 1940s, with a thought-provoking take on personal and political history that will make it linger long in my mind. A fami...

  • Lucy
    Jul 17, 2018

    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 that it was evil, the devil's place. Bert and Willet wander off and when they co...

    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. Something horrible happened here in the past, bug the past is never, it is carried inside th...

    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 reading and a few pages later I knew that I would not be able to abandon this writing. ...

    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 adored it. It was a simple book with beautiful writing and a story of family. I was thrilled when I...

    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 advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review! ...

    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 mom treats her like royalty and when he?s around (which isn?t often), their d...

    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 their six-year-old sister Pansy swimming in the quarry. Pansy is the strongest swimmer o...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Old black water, keep on rollin' Mississippi moon, won't you keep on shinin' on me? ?Keep on shinin' your light Gonna make everything, everything Gonna make everything all right And I ain't got no worries 'Cause I ain't in no hurry at all.? --...

    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, Willet, and Pansy. The children, as well as their parents, were attracted to an old ro...

    This was a good story of family secrets, family bonds, family past, present and future. It's told in an atmospheric, dark, tension-filled manner. Six-year old Pansy goes missing without a trace after a swim in the quarry on a blistering hot summer day. Her 2 siblings are left with qu...

    An Absolute Gem! Hurry up and write more! Save time to enjoy this amazing jewel of a book--the best I've read in months! ...

    Stop what you?re doing and read this book right now!!! ...

    This novel was exceptionally written. I really enjoyed it. Four stars because I felt unsettled by the Black/Seminole historical parts being written by a white woman, and because there were too many sexual assault scenes. ...

    Tiffany Quay Tyson transported this westerner to the South with superb, rich language, and I loved living there! The details she used to paint place left me feeling I am expert myself. This is the experience I love in a novel. The characters are authentic with their quirks and mixed mo...

    SUCH a GOOD book!! Southern fiction at its best. I hope everyone reads this beautiful story! ...

    Is the past ever dead? Can it be put behind you, and if so, how far back in the past can you leave something? Can the present ? and future ? be affected by a past you didn?t even realize existed? Those are the questions readers will be asking themselves after the final page is...

    Tiffany Quay Tyson?s The Past is Never begins as a mystery about a child?s disappearance, grows into an indictment of racism and the hatred and despair it weaves through a society, and then blossoms into full redemption. The book is a dark journey of the soul that illuminates into ...

    I have a thing for motives and endings when it comes to plot drivers. I appreciate a good mystery & would chase it til the last page given that it SHOULD make sense in the end. Though I love some parts of of this book, I dislike the ending because it felt shallow and, IMHO, didn?...

    Dark secrets of the past lurk in the deep recesses of the mind, like the no longer wanted things some people of White Forest, Mississippi, discard into the waters of an old rock quarry. People have been lost there, too. Elements of southern gothic fiction are woven through the web o...

    Descriptive Southern fiction... Willet, Bert and Pansy are siblings growing up in the small town of White Forest, Mississippi. Hot summer days are spent trying to find ways to cool down...inevitably leading them to the quarry, an off limits but irresistible destination for the child...

    This book is so good--a juicy Southern Gothic family novel set in Mississippi of the later 1970s, but its tendrils extend back to the Civil War era and especially the 1940s, with a thought-provoking take on personal and political history that will make it linger long in my mind. A fami...

    I loved this book - such a clever writer able to hold my attention whilst deftly moving from current to past . Her writing style is beautiful and really brought to life the Mississippi delta and the Florida swamps, neither of which I know much about. Well rounded and interesting charac...

    I won this book on Facebook from Deep South Magazine. This family, the stories they lived, the life they told. It was dark, so dark in parts that it was painful. But there was a light too and it balanced the dark. The characters, even the minor ones were so well written that I feel l...

    This book was very complex and haunting. The disappearance of a father and a little sister change the life of a family seeped in secrets. It took me most of the book to realize that the author was weaving two stories at the same time which would culminate in a bit of a disappointing en...

    I devoured this beautiful novel from cover to cover. Once I stepped into Bert's world, I couldn't let go, and I found myself thinking about these characters and their struggles at all hours of the day. I loved the juxtaposition of Bert's viewpoint with the historical aspects of the sto...

    Favorite Passage: But superstition and folk tales hold more power than science and logic. The unknown gets elevated with myth and legend. Cracks in the physical world get spackled over with fantasy: ghosts and devils, spirits and gods. People want explanations. People want answers. No ...

  • Talk Supe
    Mar 06, 2018

    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 that it was evil, the devil's place. Bert and Willet wander off and when they co...

    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. Something horrible happened here in the past, bug the past is never, it is carried inside th...

    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 reading and a few pages later I knew that I would not be able to abandon this writing. ...

    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 adored it. It was a simple book with beautiful writing and a story of family. I was thrilled when I...

    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 advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review! ...

    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 mom treats her like royalty and when he?s around (which isn?t often), their d...

    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 their six-year-old sister Pansy swimming in the quarry. Pansy is the strongest swimmer o...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Old black water, keep on rollin' Mississippi moon, won't you keep on shinin' on me? ?Keep on shinin' your light Gonna make everything, everything Gonna make everything all right And I ain't got no worries 'Cause I ain't in no hurry at all.? --...

    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, Willet, and Pansy. The children, as well as their parents, were attracted to an old ro...

    This was a good story of family secrets, family bonds, family past, present and future. It's told in an atmospheric, dark, tension-filled manner. Six-year old Pansy goes missing without a trace after a swim in the quarry on a blistering hot summer day. Her 2 siblings are left with qu...

    An Absolute Gem! Hurry up and write more! Save time to enjoy this amazing jewel of a book--the best I've read in months! ...

    Stop what you?re doing and read this book right now!!! ...

    This novel was exceptionally written. I really enjoyed it. Four stars because I felt unsettled by the Black/Seminole historical parts being written by a white woman, and because there were too many sexual assault scenes. ...

    Tiffany Quay Tyson transported this westerner to the South with superb, rich language, and I loved living there! The details she used to paint place left me feeling I am expert myself. This is the experience I love in a novel. The characters are authentic with their quirks and mixed mo...

    SUCH a GOOD book!! Southern fiction at its best. I hope everyone reads this beautiful story! ...

    Is the past ever dead? Can it be put behind you, and if so, how far back in the past can you leave something? Can the present ? and future ? be affected by a past you didn?t even realize existed? Those are the questions readers will be asking themselves after the final page is...

    Tiffany Quay Tyson?s The Past is Never begins as a mystery about a child?s disappearance, grows into an indictment of racism and the hatred and despair it weaves through a society, and then blossoms into full redemption. The book is a dark journey of the soul that illuminates into ...

    I have a thing for motives and endings when it comes to plot drivers. I appreciate a good mystery & would chase it til the last page given that it SHOULD make sense in the end. Though I love some parts of of this book, I dislike the ending because it felt shallow and, IMHO, didn?...

  • Angie
    Jul 25, 2018

    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 that it was evil, the devil's place. Bert and Willet wander off and when they co...

    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. Something horrible happened here in the past, bug the past is never, it is carried inside th...

    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 reading and a few pages later I knew that I would not be able to abandon this writing. ...

    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 adored it. It was a simple book with beautiful writing and a story of family. I was thrilled when I...

    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 advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review! ...

    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 mom treats her like royalty and when he?s around (which isn?t often), their d...

    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 their six-year-old sister Pansy swimming in the quarry. Pansy is the strongest swimmer o...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Old black water, keep on rollin' Mississippi moon, won't you keep on shinin' on me? ?Keep on shinin' your light Gonna make everything, everything Gonna make everything all right And I ain't got no worries 'Cause I ain't in no hurry at all.? --...

    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, Willet, and Pansy. The children, as well as their parents, were attracted to an old ro...

    This was a good story of family secrets, family bonds, family past, present and future. It's told in an atmospheric, dark, tension-filled manner. Six-year old Pansy goes missing without a trace after a swim in the quarry on a blistering hot summer day. Her 2 siblings are left with qu...

    An Absolute Gem! Hurry up and write more! Save time to enjoy this amazing jewel of a book--the best I've read in months! ...

    Stop what you?re doing and read this book right now!!! ...

    This novel was exceptionally written. I really enjoyed it. Four stars because I felt unsettled by the Black/Seminole historical parts being written by a white woman, and because there were too many sexual assault scenes. ...

    Tiffany Quay Tyson transported this westerner to the South with superb, rich language, and I loved living there! The details she used to paint place left me feeling I am expert myself. This is the experience I love in a novel. The characters are authentic with their quirks and mixed mo...

    SUCH a GOOD book!! Southern fiction at its best. I hope everyone reads this beautiful story! ...

    Is the past ever dead? Can it be put behind you, and if so, how far back in the past can you leave something? Can the present ? and future ? be affected by a past you didn?t even realize existed? Those are the questions readers will be asking themselves after the final page is...

    Tiffany Quay Tyson?s The Past is Never begins as a mystery about a child?s disappearance, grows into an indictment of racism and the hatred and despair it weaves through a society, and then blossoms into full redemption. The book is a dark journey of the soul that illuminates into ...

    I have a thing for motives and endings when it comes to plot drivers. I appreciate a good mystery & would chase it til the last page given that it SHOULD make sense in the end. Though I love some parts of of this book, I dislike the ending because it felt shallow and, IMHO, didn?...

    Dark secrets of the past lurk in the deep recesses of the mind, like the no longer wanted things some people of White Forest, Mississippi, discard into the waters of an old rock quarry. People have been lost there, too. Elements of southern gothic fiction are woven through the web o...

    Descriptive Southern fiction... Willet, Bert and Pansy are siblings growing up in the small town of White Forest, Mississippi. Hot summer days are spent trying to find ways to cool down...inevitably leading them to the quarry, an off limits but irresistible destination for the child...

  • Michelle Shouse
    May 11, 2018

    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 that it was evil, the devil's place. Bert and Willet wander off and when they co...

    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. Something horrible happened here in the past, bug the past is never, it is carried inside th...

    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 reading and a few pages later I knew that I would not be able to abandon this writing. ...

    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 adored it. It was a simple book with beautiful writing and a story of family. I was thrilled when I...

    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 advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review! ...

    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 mom treats her like royalty and when he?s around (which isn?t often), their d...

    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 their six-year-old sister Pansy swimming in the quarry. Pansy is the strongest swimmer o...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Old black water, keep on rollin' Mississippi moon, won't you keep on shinin' on me? ?Keep on shinin' your light Gonna make everything, everything Gonna make everything all right And I ain't got no worries 'Cause I ain't in no hurry at all.? --...

    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, Willet, and Pansy. The children, as well as their parents, were attracted to an old ro...

    This was a good story of family secrets, family bonds, family past, present and future. It's told in an atmospheric, dark, tension-filled manner. Six-year old Pansy goes missing without a trace after a swim in the quarry on a blistering hot summer day. Her 2 siblings are left with qu...

    An Absolute Gem! Hurry up and write more! Save time to enjoy this amazing jewel of a book--the best I've read in months! ...

  • Judith
    Apr 18, 2018

    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 that it was evil, the devil's place. Bert and Willet wander off and when they co...

    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. Something horrible happened here in the past, bug the past is never, it is carried inside th...

    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 reading and a few pages later I knew that I would not be able to abandon this writing. ...

    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 adored it. It was a simple book with beautiful writing and a story of family. I was thrilled when I...

    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 advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review! ...

    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 mom treats her like royalty and when he?s around (which isn?t often), their d...

    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 their six-year-old sister Pansy swimming in the quarry. Pansy is the strongest swimmer o...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Old black water, keep on rollin' Mississippi moon, won't you keep on shinin' on me? ?Keep on shinin' your light Gonna make everything, everything Gonna make everything all right And I ain't got no worries 'Cause I ain't in no hurry at all.? --...

    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, Willet, and Pansy. The children, as well as their parents, were attracted to an old ro...

    This was a good story of family secrets, family bonds, family past, present and future. It's told in an atmospheric, dark, tension-filled manner. Six-year old Pansy goes missing without a trace after a swim in the quarry on a blistering hot summer day. Her 2 siblings are left with qu...

    An Absolute Gem! Hurry up and write more! Save time to enjoy this amazing jewel of a book--the best I've read in months! ...

    Stop what you?re doing and read this book right now!!! ...

    This novel was exceptionally written. I really enjoyed it. Four stars because I felt unsettled by the Black/Seminole historical parts being written by a white woman, and because there were too many sexual assault scenes. ...

    Tiffany Quay Tyson transported this westerner to the South with superb, rich language, and I loved living there! The details she used to paint place left me feeling I am expert myself. This is the experience I love in a novel. The characters are authentic with their quirks and mixed mo...

  • Susan Obryan
    Mar 09, 2018

    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 that it was evil, the devil's place. Bert and Willet wander off and when they co...

    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. Something horrible happened here in the past, bug the past is never, it is carried inside th...

    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 reading and a few pages later I knew that I would not be able to abandon this writing. ...

    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 adored it. It was a simple book with beautiful writing and a story of family. I was thrilled when I...

    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 advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review! ...

    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 mom treats her like royalty and when he?s around (which isn?t often), their d...

    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 their six-year-old sister Pansy swimming in the quarry. Pansy is the strongest swimmer o...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Old black water, keep on rollin' Mississippi moon, won't you keep on shinin' on me? ?Keep on shinin' your light Gonna make everything, everything Gonna make everything all right And I ain't got no worries 'Cause I ain't in no hurry at all.? --...

    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, Willet, and Pansy. The children, as well as their parents, were attracted to an old ro...

    This was a good story of family secrets, family bonds, family past, present and future. It's told in an atmospheric, dark, tension-filled manner. Six-year old Pansy goes missing without a trace after a swim in the quarry on a blistering hot summer day. Her 2 siblings are left with qu...

    An Absolute Gem! Hurry up and write more! Save time to enjoy this amazing jewel of a book--the best I've read in months! ...

    Stop what you?re doing and read this book right now!!! ...

    This novel was exceptionally written. I really enjoyed it. Four stars because I felt unsettled by the Black/Seminole historical parts being written by a white woman, and because there were too many sexual assault scenes. ...

    Tiffany Quay Tyson transported this westerner to the South with superb, rich language, and I loved living there! The details she used to paint place left me feeling I am expert myself. This is the experience I love in a novel. The characters are authentic with their quirks and mixed mo...

    SUCH a GOOD book!! Southern fiction at its best. I hope everyone reads this beautiful story! ...

    Is the past ever dead? Can it be put behind you, and if so, how far back in the past can you leave something? Can the present ? and future ? be affected by a past you didn?t even realize existed? Those are the questions readers will be asking themselves after the final page is...

  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    Feb 20, 2018

    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 that it was evil, the devil's place. Bert and Willet wander off and when they co...

  • Patty
    Aug 15, 2018

    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 that it was evil, the devil's place. Bert and Willet wander off and when they co...

    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. Something horrible happened here in the past, bug the past is never, it is carried inside th...

    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 reading and a few pages later I knew that I would not be able to abandon this writing. ...

    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 adored it. It was a simple book with beautiful writing and a story of family. I was thrilled when I...

    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 advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review! ...

    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 mom treats her like royalty and when he?s around (which isn?t often), their d...

    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 their six-year-old sister Pansy swimming in the quarry. Pansy is the strongest swimmer o...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Old black water, keep on rollin' Mississippi moon, won't you keep on shinin' on me? ?Keep on shinin' your light Gonna make everything, everything Gonna make everything all right And I ain't got no worries 'Cause I ain't in no hurry at all.? --...

    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, Willet, and Pansy. The children, as well as their parents, were attracted to an old ro...

    This was a good story of family secrets, family bonds, family past, present and future. It's told in an atmospheric, dark, tension-filled manner. Six-year old Pansy goes missing without a trace after a swim in the quarry on a blistering hot summer day. Her 2 siblings are left with qu...

    An Absolute Gem! Hurry up and write more! Save time to enjoy this amazing jewel of a book--the best I've read in months! ...

    Stop what you?re doing and read this book right now!!! ...

    This novel was exceptionally written. I really enjoyed it. Four stars because I felt unsettled by the Black/Seminole historical parts being written by a white woman, and because there were too many sexual assault scenes. ...

    Tiffany Quay Tyson transported this westerner to the South with superb, rich language, and I loved living there! The details she used to paint place left me feeling I am expert myself. This is the experience I love in a novel. The characters are authentic with their quirks and mixed mo...

    SUCH a GOOD book!! Southern fiction at its best. I hope everyone reads this beautiful story! ...

    Is the past ever dead? Can it be put behind you, and if so, how far back in the past can you leave something? Can the present ? and future ? be affected by a past you didn?t even realize existed? Those are the questions readers will be asking themselves after the final page is...

    Tiffany Quay Tyson?s The Past is Never begins as a mystery about a child?s disappearance, grows into an indictment of racism and the hatred and despair it weaves through a society, and then blossoms into full redemption. The book is a dark journey of the soul that illuminates into ...

    I have a thing for motives and endings when it comes to plot drivers. I appreciate a good mystery & would chase it til the last page given that it SHOULD make sense in the end. Though I love some parts of of this book, I dislike the ending because it felt shallow and, IMHO, didn?...

    Dark secrets of the past lurk in the deep recesses of the mind, like the no longer wanted things some people of White Forest, Mississippi, discard into the waters of an old rock quarry. People have been lost there, too. Elements of southern gothic fiction are woven through the web o...

    Descriptive Southern fiction... Willet, Bert and Pansy are siblings growing up in the small town of White Forest, Mississippi. Hot summer days are spent trying to find ways to cool down...inevitably leading them to the quarry, an off limits but irresistible destination for the child...

    This book is so good--a juicy Southern Gothic family novel set in Mississippi of the later 1970s, but its tendrils extend back to the Civil War era and especially the 1940s, with a thought-provoking take on personal and political history that will make it linger long in my mind. A fami...

    I loved this book - such a clever writer able to hold my attention whilst deftly moving from current to past . Her writing style is beautiful and really brought to life the Mississippi delta and the Florida swamps, neither of which I know much about. Well rounded and interesting charac...

    I won this book on Facebook from Deep South Magazine. This family, the stories they lived, the life they told. It was dark, so dark in parts that it was painful. But there was a light too and it balanced the dark. The characters, even the minor ones were so well written that I feel l...

    This book was very complex and haunting. The disappearance of a father and a little sister change the life of a family seeped in secrets. It took me most of the book to realize that the author was weaving two stories at the same time which would culminate in a bit of a disappointing en...

  • Ken Lutes
    Apr 28, 2018

    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 that it was evil, the devil's place. Bert and Willet wander off and when they co...

    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. Something horrible happened here in the past, bug the past is never, it is carried inside th...

    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 reading and a few pages later I knew that I would not be able to abandon this writing. ...

    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 adored it. It was a simple book with beautiful writing and a story of family. I was thrilled when I...

    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 advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review! ...

    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 mom treats her like royalty and when he?s around (which isn?t often), their d...

    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 their six-year-old sister Pansy swimming in the quarry. Pansy is the strongest swimmer o...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Old black water, keep on rollin' Mississippi moon, won't you keep on shinin' on me? ?Keep on shinin' your light Gonna make everything, everything Gonna make everything all right And I ain't got no worries 'Cause I ain't in no hurry at all.? --...

    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, Willet, and Pansy. The children, as well as their parents, were attracted to an old ro...

    This was a good story of family secrets, family bonds, family past, present and future. It's told in an atmospheric, dark, tension-filled manner. Six-year old Pansy goes missing without a trace after a swim in the quarry on a blistering hot summer day. Her 2 siblings are left with qu...

    An Absolute Gem! Hurry up and write more! Save time to enjoy this amazing jewel of a book--the best I've read in months! ...

    Stop what you?re doing and read this book right now!!! ...

    This novel was exceptionally written. I really enjoyed it. Four stars because I felt unsettled by the Black/Seminole historical parts being written by a white woman, and because there were too many sexual assault scenes. ...

    Tiffany Quay Tyson transported this westerner to the South with superb, rich language, and I loved living there! The details she used to paint place left me feeling I am expert myself. This is the experience I love in a novel. The characters are authentic with their quirks and mixed mo...

    SUCH a GOOD book!! Southern fiction at its best. I hope everyone reads this beautiful story! ...

    Is the past ever dead? Can it be put behind you, and if so, how far back in the past can you leave something? Can the present ? and future ? be affected by a past you didn?t even realize existed? Those are the questions readers will be asking themselves after the final page is...

    Tiffany Quay Tyson?s The Past is Never begins as a mystery about a child?s disappearance, grows into an indictment of racism and the hatred and despair it weaves through a society, and then blossoms into full redemption. The book is a dark journey of the soul that illuminates into ...

    I have a thing for motives and endings when it comes to plot drivers. I appreciate a good mystery & would chase it til the last page given that it SHOULD make sense in the end. Though I love some parts of of this book, I dislike the ending because it felt shallow and, IMHO, didn?...

    Dark secrets of the past lurk in the deep recesses of the mind, like the no longer wanted things some people of White Forest, Mississippi, discard into the waters of an old rock quarry. People have been lost there, too. Elements of southern gothic fiction are woven through the web o...

  • Mandy
    Jul 25, 2018

    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 that it was evil, the devil's place. Bert and Willet wander off and when they co...

    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. Something horrible happened here in the past, bug the past is never, it is carried inside th...

    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 reading and a few pages later I knew that I would not be able to abandon this writing. ...

    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 adored it. It was a simple book with beautiful writing and a story of family. I was thrilled when I...

    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 advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review! ...

    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 mom treats her like royalty and when he?s around (which isn?t often), their d...

    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 their six-year-old sister Pansy swimming in the quarry. Pansy is the strongest swimmer o...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Old black water, keep on rollin' Mississippi moon, won't you keep on shinin' on me? ?Keep on shinin' your light Gonna make everything, everything Gonna make everything all right And I ain't got no worries 'Cause I ain't in no hurry at all.? --...

    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, Willet, and Pansy. The children, as well as their parents, were attracted to an old ro...

    This was a good story of family secrets, family bonds, family past, present and future. It's told in an atmospheric, dark, tension-filled manner. Six-year old Pansy goes missing without a trace after a swim in the quarry on a blistering hot summer day. Her 2 siblings are left with qu...

    An Absolute Gem! Hurry up and write more! Save time to enjoy this amazing jewel of a book--the best I've read in months! ...

    Stop what you?re doing and read this book right now!!! ...

    This novel was exceptionally written. I really enjoyed it. Four stars because I felt unsettled by the Black/Seminole historical parts being written by a white woman, and because there were too many sexual assault scenes. ...

    Tiffany Quay Tyson transported this westerner to the South with superb, rich language, and I loved living there! The details she used to paint place left me feeling I am expert myself. This is the experience I love in a novel. The characters are authentic with their quirks and mixed mo...

    SUCH a GOOD book!! Southern fiction at its best. I hope everyone reads this beautiful story! ...

    Is the past ever dead? Can it be put behind you, and if so, how far back in the past can you leave something? Can the present ? and future ? be affected by a past you didn?t even realize existed? Those are the questions readers will be asking themselves after the final page is...

    Tiffany Quay Tyson?s The Past is Never begins as a mystery about a child?s disappearance, grows into an indictment of racism and the hatred and despair it weaves through a society, and then blossoms into full redemption. The book is a dark journey of the soul that illuminates into ...

    I have a thing for motives and endings when it comes to plot drivers. I appreciate a good mystery & would chase it til the last page given that it SHOULD make sense in the end. Though I love some parts of of this book, I dislike the ending because it felt shallow and, IMHO, didn?...

    Dark secrets of the past lurk in the deep recesses of the mind, like the no longer wanted things some people of White Forest, Mississippi, discard into the waters of an old rock quarry. People have been lost there, too. Elements of southern gothic fiction are woven through the web o...

    Descriptive Southern fiction... Willet, Bert and Pansy are siblings growing up in the small town of White Forest, Mississippi. Hot summer days are spent trying to find ways to cool down...inevitably leading them to the quarry, an off limits but irresistible destination for the child...

    This book is so good--a juicy Southern Gothic family novel set in Mississippi of the later 1970s, but its tendrils extend back to the Civil War era and especially the 1940s, with a thought-provoking take on personal and political history that will make it linger long in my mind. A fami...

    I loved this book - such a clever writer able to hold my attention whilst deftly moving from current to past . Her writing style is beautiful and really brought to life the Mississippi delta and the Florida swamps, neither of which I know much about. Well rounded and interesting charac...

  • Cynthia
    Mar 28, 2018

    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 that it was evil, the devil's place. Bert and Willet wander off and when they co...

    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. Something horrible happened here in the past, bug the past is never, it is carried inside th...

    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 reading and a few pages later I knew that I would not be able to abandon this writing. ...

    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 adored it. It was a simple book with beautiful writing and a story of family. I was thrilled when I...

    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 advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review! ...

    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 mom treats her like royalty and when he?s around (which isn?t often), their d...

    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 their six-year-old sister Pansy swimming in the quarry. Pansy is the strongest swimmer o...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Old black water, keep on rollin' Mississippi moon, won't you keep on shinin' on me? ?Keep on shinin' your light Gonna make everything, everything Gonna make everything all right And I ain't got no worries 'Cause I ain't in no hurry at all.? --...

    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, Willet, and Pansy. The children, as well as their parents, were attracted to an old ro...

    This was a good story of family secrets, family bonds, family past, present and future. It's told in an atmospheric, dark, tension-filled manner. Six-year old Pansy goes missing without a trace after a swim in the quarry on a blistering hot summer day. Her 2 siblings are left with qu...

    An Absolute Gem! Hurry up and write more! Save time to enjoy this amazing jewel of a book--the best I've read in months! ...

    Stop what you?re doing and read this book right now!!! ...

    This novel was exceptionally written. I really enjoyed it. Four stars because I felt unsettled by the Black/Seminole historical parts being written by a white woman, and because there were too many sexual assault scenes. ...

    Tiffany Quay Tyson transported this westerner to the South with superb, rich language, and I loved living there! The details she used to paint place left me feeling I am expert myself. This is the experience I love in a novel. The characters are authentic with their quirks and mixed mo...

    SUCH a GOOD book!! Southern fiction at its best. I hope everyone reads this beautiful story! ...

    Is the past ever dead? Can it be put behind you, and if so, how far back in the past can you leave something? Can the present ? and future ? be affected by a past you didn?t even realize existed? Those are the questions readers will be asking themselves after the final page is...

    Tiffany Quay Tyson?s The Past is Never begins as a mystery about a child?s disappearance, grows into an indictment of racism and the hatred and despair it weaves through a society, and then blossoms into full redemption. The book is a dark journey of the soul that illuminates into ...

    I have a thing for motives and endings when it comes to plot drivers. I appreciate a good mystery & would chase it til the last page given that it SHOULD make sense in the end. Though I love some parts of of this book, I dislike the ending because it felt shallow and, IMHO, didn?...

    Dark secrets of the past lurk in the deep recesses of the mind, like the no longer wanted things some people of White Forest, Mississippi, discard into the waters of an old rock quarry. People have been lost there, too. Elements of southern gothic fiction are woven through the web o...

    Descriptive Southern fiction... Willet, Bert and Pansy are siblings growing up in the small town of White Forest, Mississippi. Hot summer days are spent trying to find ways to cool down...inevitably leading them to the quarry, an off limits but irresistible destination for the child...

    This book is so good--a juicy Southern Gothic family novel set in Mississippi of the later 1970s, but its tendrils extend back to the Civil War era and especially the 1940s, with a thought-provoking take on personal and political history that will make it linger long in my mind. A fami...

    I loved this book - such a clever writer able to hold my attention whilst deftly moving from current to past . Her writing style is beautiful and really brought to life the Mississippi delta and the Florida swamps, neither of which I know much about. Well rounded and interesting charac...

    I won this book on Facebook from Deep South Magazine. This family, the stories they lived, the life they told. It was dark, so dark in parts that it was painful. But there was a light too and it balanced the dark. The characters, even the minor ones were so well written that I feel l...

    This book was very complex and haunting. The disappearance of a father and a little sister change the life of a family seeped in secrets. It took me most of the book to realize that the author was weaving two stories at the same time which would culminate in a bit of a disappointing en...

    I devoured this beautiful novel from cover to cover. Once I stepped into Bert's world, I couldn't let go, and I found myself thinking about these characters and their struggles at all hours of the day. I loved the juxtaposition of Bert's viewpoint with the historical aspects of the sto...

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    Jan 31, 2018

    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 that it was evil, the devil's place. Bert and Willet wander off and when they co...

    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. Something horrible happened here in the past, bug the past is never, it is carried inside th...

    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 reading and a few pages later I knew that I would not be able to abandon this writing. ...

    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 adored it. It was a simple book with beautiful writing and a story of family. I was thrilled when I...

  • Dawn
    Sep 03, 2018

    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 that it was evil, the devil's place. Bert and Willet wander off and when they co...

    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. Something horrible happened here in the past, bug the past is never, it is carried inside th...

    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 reading and a few pages later I knew that I would not be able to abandon this writing. ...

    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 adored it. It was a simple book with beautiful writing and a story of family. I was thrilled when I...

    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 advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review! ...

    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 mom treats her like royalty and when he?s around (which isn?t often), their d...

    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 their six-year-old sister Pansy swimming in the quarry. Pansy is the strongest swimmer o...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Old black water, keep on rollin' Mississippi moon, won't you keep on shinin' on me? ?Keep on shinin' your light Gonna make everything, everything Gonna make everything all right And I ain't got no worries 'Cause I ain't in no hurry at all.? --...

    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, Willet, and Pansy. The children, as well as their parents, were attracted to an old ro...

    This was a good story of family secrets, family bonds, family past, present and future. It's told in an atmospheric, dark, tension-filled manner. Six-year old Pansy goes missing without a trace after a swim in the quarry on a blistering hot summer day. Her 2 siblings are left with qu...

    An Absolute Gem! Hurry up and write more! Save time to enjoy this amazing jewel of a book--the best I've read in months! ...

    Stop what you?re doing and read this book right now!!! ...

  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    Jan 31, 2018

    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 that it was evil, the devil's place. Bert and Willet wander off and when they co...

    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. Something horrible happened here in the past, bug the past is never, it is carried inside th...

    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 reading and a few pages later I knew that I would not be able to abandon this writing. ...

    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 adored it. It was a simple book with beautiful writing and a story of family. I was thrilled when I...

    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 advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review! ...

  • Michele Bean
    Sep 03, 2018

    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 that it was evil, the devil's place. Bert and Willet wander off and when they co...

    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. Something horrible happened here in the past, bug the past is never, it is carried inside th...

    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 reading and a few pages later I knew that I would not be able to abandon this writing. ...

    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 adored it. It was a simple book with beautiful writing and a story of family. I was thrilled when I...

    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 advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review! ...

    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 mom treats her like royalty and when he?s around (which isn?t often), their d...

    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 their six-year-old sister Pansy swimming in the quarry. Pansy is the strongest swimmer o...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Old black water, keep on rollin' Mississippi moon, won't you keep on shinin' on me? ?Keep on shinin' your light Gonna make everything, everything Gonna make everything all right And I ain't got no worries 'Cause I ain't in no hurry at all.? --...

    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, Willet, and Pansy. The children, as well as their parents, were attracted to an old ro...

    This was a good story of family secrets, family bonds, family past, present and future. It's told in an atmospheric, dark, tension-filled manner. Six-year old Pansy goes missing without a trace after a swim in the quarry on a blistering hot summer day. Her 2 siblings are left with qu...

    An Absolute Gem! Hurry up and write more! Save time to enjoy this amazing jewel of a book--the best I've read in months! ...

    Stop what you?re doing and read this book right now!!! ...

    This novel was exceptionally written. I really enjoyed it. Four stars because I felt unsettled by the Black/Seminole historical parts being written by a white woman, and because there were too many sexual assault scenes. ...

    Tiffany Quay Tyson transported this westerner to the South with superb, rich language, and I loved living there! The details she used to paint place left me feeling I am expert myself. This is the experience I love in a novel. The characters are authentic with their quirks and mixed mo...

    SUCH a GOOD book!! Southern fiction at its best. I hope everyone reads this beautiful story! ...

    Is the past ever dead? Can it be put behind you, and if so, how far back in the past can you leave something? Can the present ? and future ? be affected by a past you didn?t even realize existed? Those are the questions readers will be asking themselves after the final page is...

    Tiffany Quay Tyson?s The Past is Never begins as a mystery about a child?s disappearance, grows into an indictment of racism and the hatred and despair it weaves through a society, and then blossoms into full redemption. The book is a dark journey of the soul that illuminates into ...

    I have a thing for motives and endings when it comes to plot drivers. I appreciate a good mystery & would chase it til the last page given that it SHOULD make sense in the end. Though I love some parts of of this book, I dislike the ending because it felt shallow and, IMHO, didn?...

    Dark secrets of the past lurk in the deep recesses of the mind, like the no longer wanted things some people of White Forest, Mississippi, discard into the waters of an old rock quarry. People have been lost there, too. Elements of southern gothic fiction are woven through the web o...

    Descriptive Southern fiction... Willet, Bert and Pansy are siblings growing up in the small town of White Forest, Mississippi. Hot summer days are spent trying to find ways to cool down...inevitably leading them to the quarry, an off limits but irresistible destination for the child...

    This book is so good--a juicy Southern Gothic family novel set in Mississippi of the later 1970s, but its tendrils extend back to the Civil War era and especially the 1940s, with a thought-provoking take on personal and political history that will make it linger long in my mind. A fami...

    I loved this book - such a clever writer able to hold my attention whilst deftly moving from current to past . Her writing style is beautiful and really brought to life the Mississippi delta and the Florida swamps, neither of which I know much about. Well rounded and interesting charac...

    I won this book on Facebook from Deep South Magazine. This family, the stories they lived, the life they told. It was dark, so dark in parts that it was painful. But there was a light too and it balanced the dark. The characters, even the minor ones were so well written that I feel l...

    This book was very complex and haunting. The disappearance of a father and a little sister change the life of a family seeped in secrets. It took me most of the book to realize that the author was weaving two stories at the same time which would culminate in a bit of a disappointing en...

    I devoured this beautiful novel from cover to cover. Once I stepped into Bert's world, I couldn't let go, and I found myself thinking about these characters and their struggles at all hours of the day. I loved the juxtaposition of Bert's viewpoint with the historical aspects of the sto...

    Favorite Passage: But superstition and folk tales hold more power than science and logic. The unknown gets elevated with myth and legend. Cracks in the physical world get spackled over with fantasy: ghosts and devils, spirits and gods. People want explanations. People want answers. No ...

    Wow. You can almost feel the heat and the mosquitos and the loss, guilt, and grieving in this book. The effects of growing up after a younger sister goes missing and the father abandons the family for unclear reasons. The story is woven with present day and the past, which all come to ...

    I really enjoyed this book. Bert & her brother, Willett were supposed to keep an eye on little sister, Pansy, who disappears while swimming at the rock quarry. They had always been warned not to go there because it was evil & haunted by spirits. I loved the history of the quarr...

  • Bri Little
    Apr 19, 2018

    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 that it was evil, the devil's place. Bert and Willet wander off and when they co...

    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. Something horrible happened here in the past, bug the past is never, it is carried inside th...

    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 reading and a few pages later I knew that I would not be able to abandon this writing. ...

    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 adored it. It was a simple book with beautiful writing and a story of family. I was thrilled when I...

    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 advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review! ...

    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 mom treats her like royalty and when he?s around (which isn?t often), their d...

    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 their six-year-old sister Pansy swimming in the quarry. Pansy is the strongest swimmer o...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Old black water, keep on rollin' Mississippi moon, won't you keep on shinin' on me? ?Keep on shinin' your light Gonna make everything, everything Gonna make everything all right And I ain't got no worries 'Cause I ain't in no hurry at all.? --...

    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, Willet, and Pansy. The children, as well as their parents, were attracted to an old ro...

    This was a good story of family secrets, family bonds, family past, present and future. It's told in an atmospheric, dark, tension-filled manner. Six-year old Pansy goes missing without a trace after a swim in the quarry on a blistering hot summer day. Her 2 siblings are left with qu...

    An Absolute Gem! Hurry up and write more! Save time to enjoy this amazing jewel of a book--the best I've read in months! ...

    Stop what you?re doing and read this book right now!!! ...

    This novel was exceptionally written. I really enjoyed it. Four stars because I felt unsettled by the Black/Seminole historical parts being written by a white woman, and because there were too many sexual assault scenes. ...

  • Helen Starbuck
    Jul 01, 2018

    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 that it was evil, the devil's place. Bert and Willet wander off and when they co...

    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. Something horrible happened here in the past, bug the past is never, it is carried inside th...

    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 reading and a few pages later I knew that I would not be able to abandon this writing. ...

    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 adored it. It was a simple book with beautiful writing and a story of family. I was thrilled when I...

    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 advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review! ...

    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 mom treats her like royalty and when he?s around (which isn?t often), their d...

    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 their six-year-old sister Pansy swimming in the quarry. Pansy is the strongest swimmer o...

    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?Old black water, keep on rollin' Mississippi moon, won't you keep on shinin' on me? ?Keep on shinin' your light Gonna make everything, everything Gonna make everything all right And I ain't got no worries 'Cause I ain't in no hurry at all.? --...

    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, Willet, and Pansy. The children, as well as their parents, were attracted to an old ro...

    This was a good story of family secrets, family bonds, family past, present and future. It's told in an atmospheric, dark, tension-filled manner. Six-year old Pansy goes missing without a trace after a swim in the quarry on a blistering hot summer day. Her 2 siblings are left with qu...

    An Absolute Gem! Hurry up and write more! Save time to enjoy this amazing jewel of a book--the best I've read in months! ...

    Stop what you?re doing and read this book right now!!! ...

    This novel was exceptionally written. I really enjoyed it. Four stars because I felt unsettled by the Black/Seminole historical parts being written by a white woman, and because there were too many sexual assault scenes. ...

    Tiffany Quay Tyson transported this westerner to the South with superb, rich language, and I loved living there! The details she used to paint place left me feeling I am expert myself. This is the experience I love in a novel. The characters are authentic with their quirks and mixed mo...

    SUCH a GOOD book!! Southern fiction at its best. I hope everyone reads this beautiful story! ...

    Is the past ever dead? Can it be put behind you, and if so, how far back in the past can you leave something? Can the present ? and future ? be affected by a past you didn?t even realize existed? Those are the questions readers will be asking themselves after the final page is...

    Tiffany Quay Tyson?s The Past is Never begins as a mystery about a child?s disappearance, grows into an indictment of racism and the hatred and despair it weaves through a society, and then blossoms into full redemption. The book is a dark journey of the soul that illuminates into ...

    I have a thing for motives and endings when it comes to plot drivers. I appreciate a good mystery & would chase it til the last page given that it SHOULD make sense in the end. Though I love some parts of of this book, I dislike the ending because it felt shallow and, IMHO, didn?...

    Dark secrets of the past lurk in the deep recesses of the mind, like the no longer wanted things some people of White Forest, Mississippi, discard into the waters of an old rock quarry. People have been lost there, too. Elements of southern gothic fiction are woven through the web o...

    Descriptive Southern fiction... Willet, Bert and Pansy are siblings growing up in the small town of White Forest, Mississippi. Hot summer days are spent trying to find ways to cool down...inevitably leading them to the quarry, an off limits but irresistible destination for the child...

    This book is so good--a juicy Southern Gothic family novel set in Mississippi of the later 1970s, but its tendrils extend back to the Civil War era and especially the 1940s, with a thought-provoking take on personal and political history that will make it linger long in my mind. A fami...

    I loved this book - such a clever writer able to hold my attention whilst deftly moving from current to past . Her writing style is beautiful and really brought to life the Mississippi delta and the Florida swamps, neither of which I know much about. Well rounded and interesting charac...

    I won this book on Facebook from Deep South Magazine. This family, the stories they lived, the life they told. It was dark, so dark in parts that it was painful. But there was a light too and it balanced the dark. The characters, even the minor ones were so well written that I feel l...

    This book was very complex and haunting. The disappearance of a father and a little sister change the life of a family seeped in secrets. It took me most of the book to realize that the author was weaving two stories at the same time which would culminate in a bit of a disappointing en...

    I devoured this beautiful novel from cover to cover. Once I stepped into Bert's world, I couldn't let go, and I found myself thinking about these characters and their struggles at all hours of the day. I loved the juxtaposition of Bert's viewpoint with the historical aspects of the sto...

    Favorite Passage: But superstition and folk tales hold more power than science and logic. The unknown gets elevated with myth and legend. Cracks in the physical world get spackled over with fantasy: ghosts and devils, spirits and gods. People want explanations. People want answers. No ...

    Wow. You can almost feel the heat and the mosquitos and the loss, guilt, and grieving in this book. The effects of growing up after a younger sister goes missing and the father abandons the family for unclear reasons. The story is woven with present day and the past, which all come to ...