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 scorching hot and they can't resist cooling off in the dark, bottomless water. Until the day six-year-old Pansy disappears. Not drowned, not lost . . . simply gone.After years with no sign, no hope of ever finding Pansy alive, Bert and Willet have tried to move on. But as surely as their mother died of a broken heart, they can't let go. So when clues surface drawing them to the remote tip of Florida, they drop everything and drive south. Deep in the murky depths of the Florida Everglades they may find the answer to Pansy's mysterious disappearance . . . but truth, like the past, is sometimes better left where it lies.Perfect for fans of Flannery O'Connor and Dorothy Allison, The Past Is Never is an atmospheric, haunting story of myths, legends, and the good and evil we carry in our hearts....
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The Past Is Never Reviews
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. This writing that was full of emotion and beautifully descriptive. I couldn’t leave it without finding out what happened that day when Bert and Willet take their younger sister Pansy to the quarry, where the water was ...more
SUCH a GOOD book!! Southern fiction at its best. I hope everyone reads this beautiful story!
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 saw she had a new book coming out.
Once again, Tyson focused on family. Three siblings, Bert, Willett, and Pansy go swimming at the forbidden local rock quarry, and one of them disappears. It’s a story of good and evil, the pas ...more
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!
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 family tragedy unspools to reveal a series of family tragedies and not-tragedies, the mistaken information and untold tales that make up kinship, and ultimately, the reader gets to ride along with Bert as she grows up ...more
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 story. I was enthralled with the way the story flawlessly came together at the end. Highly recommended!
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 of them all, and, even though their father has told them the quarry is cursed, it’s a brutally hot summer day, who wouldn’t want the relief of cool water to swim in?
Willet and Bert get separated in the woods, but when ...more
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’t justify the hardships Willet & Bert went through. I’ve gotten invested not just in this siblings’ quest to find the truth, but also rooted for them hoping all the heartaches will be worth something in the end. ...more