Published by Firefly Southern FictionDate Published: May 1, 2020
Genres: Southern Fiction
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Southern Culture … Old Friendships … Family Tragedy
One phone call from Renny to come home and “see about” the capricious Ava and Celia Wakefield decides to overlook her distressful past in the name of friendship.
For three reflective days at Renny’s lake house in Heber Springs, Arkansas, the three childhood friends reunite and examine life, love, marriage, and the ties that bind, even though Celia’s personal story has yet to be healed. When the past arrives at the lake house door in the form of her old boyfriend, Celia must revisit the life she’d tried to outrun.
As her idyllic coming of age alongside her best friend, Little Tea, on her family’s ancestral grounds in bucolic Como, Mississippi unfolds, Celia realizes there is no better place to accept her own story than in this circle of friends who have remained beside her throughout the years. Theirs is a friendship that can talk any life sorrow into a comic tragedy, and now that the racial divide in the Deep South has evolved, Celia wonders if friendship can triumph over history.
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When I read Southern Fiction, I want it to be absolutely captivating. I want it to be raw and to make me feel like I am right there in the heart of the south, feeling every bit the southerner that I am. Let me tell you what, this novel is just that and more! From start to finish, Fullerton made me feel a true part of this page turning novel.
I absolutely fell in love with the richness and detail that Fullerton uses to pen this novel. The deep south, with is racial issues, and deep family ties, comes to life within the pages of this heart tugging story. I fell hard for the perfectly chiseled characters and the messages woven throughout. Fullerton has a truly unique style and I was absolutely blow away!
This story of grief, coming of age friendships, family ties, and southern roots will move you. Each page turn brought me closer to an end I both wanted, and wanted to keep going. Fullerton has managed to create a fan of me with just this one novel and I am looking forward to recommending this novel to all! Well done, Claire Fullerton. Absolutely well done!