Title: A Southern Place
Author: Elaine Drennon Little
Genre/Audience: Southern fiction, adult
Publication: WiDo Publishing, 2013
Source: For review
A Southern Place is the story of a farming family in the South. It starts out with Mojo, a young woman in the ICU, badly beaten, and takes us back to the past, telling the story of her mother and her uncle, and how they came to be. While the story starts with the mystery of Mojo, it quickly leaves you hanging as it immediately transports you back to the 50’s to discover the story of her family. A lot of tragedy and heartbreak was befallen upon her young mother, Delores, and her brother, Cal. It is interesting to see what they do with that tragedy and where life takes them because of and in spite of it.
I really love tales set in the South. I always felt that I should have been born there, so I truly love reading Southern fiction and this was no exception. I loved the setting, the landscape, the rich history. I enjoyed getting the whole story of Mojo and her family’s past. While the story was a bit slow moving at times, it revolved a lot around characterization, which I enjoy, and you really got a feel and a sense of who the characters in the story were. While I found myself wondering what happened to Mojo, who we saw at the beginning of the novel, I also found myself forgetting briefly, as I got lost in the story of her family’s past.
Little is a very strong writer with a lot of talent. I look forward to reading more from her in the future. I would definitely recommend this one if you’re also a fan of Southern fiction.
My Rating: 4/5