Southernmost

Southernmost

Book - 2018 | First Edition
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"When an evangelical preacher in Tennessee offers shelter to two gay men after a catastrophic flood, he's met with resistance by his wife and congregation, and eventually loses custody of his son. He decides to kidnap his son and flee to Key West, where he suspects his estranged gay brother is living"--
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina :, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill,, 2018
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9781616206253
161620625X
Branch Call Number: FIC Hous
Characteristics: 338 pages ; 22 cm

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inthestacks Jun 12, 2020

Asher, a preacher in rural Tennessee, has a crisis of conscience when a gay couple start attending his church service. The congregation are opposed to the gay couple and vote to remove Asher from his position. Restricted from seeing his son, Justin, Asher kidnaps him and they head to Key West, Florida, where Asher’s brother lives, who himself is gay and has long been estranged from his family. A rather poignant tale about acceptance, integrity and doing what’s right.

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ryner
Jan 13, 2020

In the midst of catastrophic and deadly flooding in rural Tennessee, Asher offers shelter to two neighbors seeking refuge. This act of compassion and the moral self-examination that follows cost Asher his livelihood as a preacher and ultimately his family, leading him to actions he would once have considered unthinkable, out of love for his son.

Though it was not quite what I'd been expecting when I picked it up, I enjoyed the story. It's difficult to watch someone make choices that leads them past the point of no return, despite good intentions. There is a lot to chew on here, so it could be an interesting choice for book clubs. Recommended.

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Einer2
Jan 09, 2019

What to say other than I wish more people would read and understand rather than judging and fearing anyone who is different.

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DorisWaggoner
Aug 15, 2018

The plot, baldly stated, is highly dramatic, maybe overly so. But the writing is so descriptive, so lush, that the story of a father who can't bear to be without his young son, who is also his best friend, seems very straightforward. There's so much pain in the book, also so much capacity for change and search for redemption. I'd never heard of Silas House before, and was first attracted by the delightful book jacket. I will seek out some of his earlier books.

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glotet
Aug 07, 2018

The author addresses sensitively and effectively, a subject that creates a split between those who believe in the literal word of the bible without willing to take into consideration that life, including scientific knowledge, continues to evolve over the centuries.
Two brothers, one an evangelical minister whose life experience contributes towards gradual changes in his belief system and the other, a homosexual, as well as other significant family members and the meaningful inclusion of a dog, all make for a strong story line made all the more more powerful through the characterization of a nine year old boy, an old soul, who is split between the beliefs of his parents.

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