Love and Lament
Set in rural North Carolina between the late 1800s and World War I, Love and Lament chronicles the Hartsoe family’s extraordinary hardships and misfortunes.
Mary Bet, the youngest of eight children, was born the same year the first railroad arrived in their county. As she comes of age during the South’s reconstruction and industrialization, she must learn to overcome her family’s curse, including the death of her mother and multiple siblings, her father’s growing insanity and rejection of God, and dark family secrets that threaten her stability.
In the rich tradition of Southern literature, John Milliken Thompson transports the reader back in time through memorable characters, meticulous detail, and a voice that brings the past to vivid life.