Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery

John Gregory Brown  (1994)

Another southern writer, with a tale about a family torn apart and searching for its identity. I picked up this book at the library by mistake, and when I’d realized it wasn’t the book I thought it was, I was too hooked to return it. A man suddenly decides to pack-up his children and head south, abandoning his wife, their step-mother. On the road, a bridge in their path inexplicably collapses before them, causing the children to place an eerie importance on recent events. Now grown, the daughter reflects on this time, as she tries to come to terms with the loss of her step-mother and make sense of her father’s actions. Recollections draw her back through the generations of her family to discover the secrets of their shared past.


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