Southern Exposure

A Novel




Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 2/6/2002

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Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 356
ISBN : 9780595215508

About the Book

A lyrical voice from the South weaves a searing psychological drama around a small town shocked by its first murder, hurtling a calm and complacent community into a harrowing realm of alienation and distrust. Essex, South Carolina, is a town where doors are never locked--until an elderly widow is murdered in her bed. Stoney McFarland and his wife Anna have returned to his hometown in hopes of rebuilding their connection. But Stoney's obsession with the murder investigation, his efforts to restore the town, threaten deeply buried secrets other townspeople are desperate to suppress. From eerie voodoo rituals in the mist-shrouded swamps to the Old South matriarch who fears a dead woman to the Civil Rights activist searching for the mother who abandoned her, the town is soon fractured by the twin perils of public danger and private exposure.The story reaches a devastating climax when it becomes clear what some people will do to protect the place they love. A lushly atmospheric novel that confronts complex ideas about bigotry, love, and modern society. "Southern Exposure is a terrific novel and Linda Lightsey Rice is one hell of a novelist." --Pat Conroy

About the Author

Linda Lightsey Rice, a native of South Carolina and author of the novel SOUTHERN EXPOSURE first published by Doubleday, has been called "a fiery, incandescent talent" by novelist Pat Conroy. SOUTHERN EXPOSURE was nominated for the PEN Hemingway Award, was selected by The Literary Guild, and an excerpt from the book recently appeared in the anthology THE AMERICAN SOUTH published in Germany. The author was a 2004 recipient of the McKnight Fellowship in Creative Prose and has won awards from the Jerome Foundation, the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation of New Mexico, Virginia Commonwealth University, the Loft Literary Center, and the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers in Scotland. She has taught creative writing at the University of Tennessee, the College of St. Catherine, the Chautauqua Institution, and at the Loft Literary Center, and continues to give a series of independent novel workshops. A former newspaper reporter who also worked in the NY publishing industry early in her career, she presently lives in Minneapolis and in the Southeast.