Love and Lament is an ambitious and exhilarating novel of the South at the turn of the last century. It is a book you’ll devour and savor. It will remind you why you started reading novels in the first place–to be enchanted, to be carried away from your world and dropped into a world more substantial and incandescent. John Milliken Thompson knows that every story is many stories, and he handles this complex tale of romance, family, race relations, and secrets with intelligence, grace, and tenderness. He has breathed life into Mary Bet Hartsoe and her benighted family, and they will breathe life into you.
John Dufresne, author of No Regrets and Coyote
on Love and Lament
A new historical novel from the author of The Reservoir, this family saga features a sweet yet tough young woman who is tested to the limits of endurance. Her strength and devotion in the face of difficulty give her hope.