June 4, 2022
South of Heaven, set in Carthage, North Carolina, in 1998, tells the story of two estranged sisters forced back under the same roof.
Fern McQueen has found peace in middle age despite worries over her troubled son and a beloved aunt whose mind is slipping away. But when Fern’s past is resurrected, her peace is shattered. Meanwhile, her sister Leona’s life in Raleigh begins to unravel. To avoid humiliation and snubs from an unforgiving social set, Leona loads up her Lexus and heads for home — a place she vowed to leave forever.
With the Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky scandal playing out live on CNN, Fern and Leona’s own secrets become front page news and the sisters find themselves at odds with grown children who feel betrayed by a lifetime of lies.
Miscommunications and slights, real and imagined, threaten the sisters divided but the inexplicable bond of family, a widowed preacher in search of his lost faith, and an unlikely business venture deliver rescue.
Patti Meredith’s stories have appeared in Appalachian Heritage, Still: The Journal, and Mulberry Fork Review. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Memphis, and has also studied at Hindman Settlement School, Table Rock Writers Conference, and the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival. She tries to never miss a Darnell Arnoult writing workshop and is a member of Kitchen Table Writers. Patti grew up in Galax, Virginia. After graduating from Virginia Tech, she worked in production and marketing for commercial and public television. She refined her talents as a trailing spouse in North Carolina, South Carolina, Alabama, Tennessee, and Louisiana.
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