The Past Is Never: A Novel

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**WINNER of the 2019 Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters Award for Fiction​**

**Finalist for the 2019 Colorado Book Awards for Literary Fiction**

"An ode to William Faulkner. . . . As Southern as it gets."—Deep South Magazine 


A compelling addition to contemporary Southern Gothic fiction, deftly weaving together local legends, family secrets, and the search for a missing child.
Siblings Bert, Willet, and Pansy know better than to go swimming at the old rock quarry. According to their father, it's the Devil's place, a place that's been cursed and forgotten. But Mississippi Delta summer days are scorching hot and they can't resist cooling off in the dark, bottomless water. Until the day six-year-old Pansy vanishes. Not drowned, not lost . . . simply gone. When their father disappears as well, Bert and Willet leave their childhoods behind to try and hold their broken family together.

Years pass with no sign, no hope of ever finding Pansy alive, and as surely as their mother died of a broken heart, Bert and Willet can't move on. So when clues surface drawing them to the remote tip of Florida, they drop everything and drive south. Deep in the murky depths of the Florida Everglades they may find the answer to Pansy's mysterious disappearance . . . but truth, like the past, is sometimes better left where it lies.

Perfect for fans of Flannery O'Connor and Dorothy Allison, The Past Is Never is an atmospheric, haunting story of myths, legends, and the good and evil we carry in our hearts.
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About the author

Tiffany Quay Tyson teaches writing at Denver's renowned Lighthouse Writers Workshop. Her writing has been compared to Southern fiction titans like Flannery O'Connor and her first book, Three Rivers (Thomas Dunne, 2015), was a finalist for the Mississippi Institute for Arts and Letters Award for Fiction and also the Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction. Though she grew up in Mississippi, she now resides in Denver, CO.
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Publisher
Simon and Schuster
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Published on
Mar 20, 2018
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Pages
284
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ISBN
9781510726833
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Coming of Age
Fiction / Cultural Heritage
Fiction / Family Life / General
Fiction / Literary
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical
Fiction / Small Town & Rural
Fiction / Southern
Fiction / Women
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