White’s latest is Southern Fried Fiction at its tear-jerking finest served with a hint of a cautionary gothic tale that drops readers right into a whopper of a family in crisis. An eloquent narrative tells this complex tale, the multiple timelines impeccably connect the past to the present and a cast of unforgettable, imperfectly perfect lowcountry characters beautifully play their roles. The theme of recurring dreams and the past mysteries keep interest peaked. The author’s amazing empathic ability to decipher the human condition through her storytelling amazes once again.

Twenty-seven-year-old Larkin Lanier knows whoever penned the phrase “you can’t go home again” had her in mind. She’s kept her visits to her dysfunctional family to the bare minimum, trying to outrun the ghosts of her past. Then her mother, Ivy has a near fatal accident and Larkin has no choice but to put on her big girl panties and head to Georgetown, SC, clueless about the Pandora’s box that’s about to open. Ivy Lanier is ready to walk towards the proverbial light, but apparently she still has things to do here on earth; she just wishes she could remember what. (BERKLEY, Jun., 416 pp., $26.00)

Reviewed by: 
Debbie Haupt