Image of Gone South: A Novel


Image of Gone South: A Novel

Should we be held accountable for the actions of our ancestors? This is the question at the heart of Moseley’s latest. Although missing great imagery and uplifting messages, the characters (including a stubborn dog) are interesting and the author makes you care what happens to them.

As a child, Tish McComb moved several times around Michigan. Now, at 35, she is ready to put down some roots. When she discovers that the house her great-great-great grandparents built after the Civil War is up for sale, she quickly buys it and moves to Noble, Ala. There, she learns her ancestors were carpetbaggers whose legacy still lingers. Tish is further ostracized when she opens her home to Melanie Hamilton, the wayward daughter of a prominent local businessman. Will she be able to find happiness in this southern town mired in tradition and memories of the past? (WATERBROOK, May, 352 pp., $14.99)
Reviewed by: 
Cheryl Hanson