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Fiction: Literary
Unabridged   8.25 hour(s)
Publication date: 06/26/2018

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Audio CD ISBN:9781684411849
Digital Download ISBN:9781684411856


Southernmost is a tender and heartbreaking novel about love and its consequences, both within the South and beyond.

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Product Description

In this stunning novel about judgment, courage, heartbreak, and change, author Silas House wrestles with the limits of belief and the infinite ways to love.

In the aftermath of a flood that washes away much of a small Tennessee town, evangelical preacher Asher Sharp offers shelter to two gay men. In doing so, he starts to see his life anew—and risks losing everything: his wife, locked into her religious prejudices; his congregation, which shuns Asher after he delivers a passionate sermon in defense of tolerance; and his young son, Justin, caught in the middle of what turns into a bitter custody battle.

With no way out but ahead, Asher takes Justin and flees to Key West, where he hopes to find his brother, Luke, whom he'd turned against years ago after Luke came out. And it is there, at the southernmost point of the country, that Asher and Justin discover a new way of thinking about the world, and a new way of understanding love.

Southernmost is a tender and affecting book, a meditation on love and its consequences.


“Thurston's evocative performance leaves the listener filled with a potent combination of hope, joy, and sadness.” —AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

“[House]'s storytelling is rich, but also spare, with descriptive passages that engage all five senses without overstating the profundity. And his characters . . . are so complicated and real that it's a shame to have to put the book down . . . Most of all, Southernmost is a reminder that life is hard, and it is beautiful.” —Booklist Starred Review

“A journey of self-discovery, Southernmost dives into the familiar, troubled waters of toxic religion and masculinity to rescue a story of love between men—fathers, sons, brothers, and lovers. House deftly shows there’s no place insulated from a necessary confrontation with the past. Plumbing the depths of love and judgment, this novel is surprising in the places it’ll take you. It’s an unflinching yet generous portrait of rural America that’s honest, refreshing, and complex.” —Foreword Reviews Starred Review

“A road novel that mixes warmth, empathy, tragedy, and hope. Southern novelist House's new book is a paean to the wisdom of the heart and the remarkable ability of humans to listen to that wisdom despite a lifetime of believing (or preaching) intolerance." —Kirkus Reviews

Author Bio

Silas House is the author of five novels, including A Parchment of Leaves. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and a former commentator for NPR's All Things Considered. House is the winner of the E. B. White Award, the Nautilus Award, and other honors.