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"Haunting and beautiful, steeped in history and myth, The Past is Never unwinds the darkest knots of what binds families together and reveals the marvels and monsters which lie within us all. In lucid, piercing prose, Tiffany Quay Tyson pushes to the raw edge of life, where the real and the unreal almost touch. This is great southern fiction."—Kent Wascom, award-winning author of The Blood of Heaven and Secessia

"You hold in your hands Stranger Things but with a satisfying ending. In the sort of cleanly tuned prose that makes another fiction writer happy, Tyson penetrates your imagination with characters and places so real they feel like your own suppressed memories. I'll never look at the Everglades the same way again."—Carrie La Seur, award-winning author of The Home Place

"Wise, disturbing, and quietly powerful, The Past Is Never is an American novel for our time. With rare and unflinching honesty, Tyson shows us the darkness, then reaches into it and extracts light. The discovery is breathtaking."—Margo Catts, author of Among the Lesser Gods

"Tiffany Quay Tyson has written a gripping novel steeped in the Southern gothic tradition, with a compelling mix of contemporary grit. Dark as the quarry that spooks a Mississippi town and twisty as the Florida mangrove tunnels traversed in search of answers to unraveling family mysteries, The Past is Never had me turning pages long into the night."—Kelly J. Ford, author of Cottonmouths

"Tyson writes characters so distinct you'll swear you can hear their footsteps outside your reading room, and does so in prose so elegant you have to remember to breathe. The Past Is Never is a beautiful, moving, brilliant novel."—Benjamin Whitmer, author of Cry Father and Pike

"Creatures, real and imagined, fact and fable, inhabit Tiffany Quay Tyson’s South, a place stranger than life and all too real. The Past Is Never will alter your vision, make you see anew things you thought you already knew. It’s a flash of lightning in a summer storm."—William Haywood Henderson, author of Augusta Locke

"Tyson offers an intriguing exploration of family and identity alongside the complexities and emotions of life's haunting regrets."—Booklist

"Mesmerizing Southern Gothic. . . . The author's skillful storytelling reaches a high mark with this novel. Nothing is as it first appears in this dark, complex story that draws upon inner strength, extended family ties and personal determination. As with her first novel, Tyson has an award winner on her hands."—The Clarion-Ledger

"Haunting, mysterious, and at times very disturbing, The Past is Never is an extraordinary example of Southern Gothic literature . . . one that is certain to keep you up long into the night."—The Literary South

"Tyson's rich prose turns the Everglades into another world, distinct from Mississippi but just as mysterious."—The Florida Book Review

"A notable contribution to Southern gothic fiction. . . . Tyson's stylistic writing and unique voice bring the reader into the heart of the Mississippi Delta and create an eerie atmosphere similar to that of William Faulkner's Sanctuary and William Gay's Twilight."—New Orleans Review of Books

The Past is Never reads like a new kind of southern fiction."—

About the Author

Tiffany Quay Tyson’s writing has been compared to Southern fiction titans like Flannery O'Connor and her first book, Three Rivers (Thomas Dunne, 2015), was a finalist for the Mississippi Institute for Arts and Letters Award for Fiction and also the Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction. Though she grew up in Mississippi, she now resides in Denver, CO., where she teaches writing at the renowned Lighthouse Writers Workshop.

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  • File Size: 1091 KB
  • Print Length: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing (March 20, 2018)
  • Publication Date: March 20, 2018
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B073G4GF43
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #164,907 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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