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Publisher Description

A haunting southern tale of long-buried family secrets by the New York Times bestselling author of Under the Tuscan Sun and Under Magnolia

In her celebrated memoirs of life in Tuscany, Frances Mayes writes masterfully about people in a powerful and shaping place. In Swan, her first novel, she has created an equally intimate world, rich with striking characters and intriguing twists of fate, that hearkens back to her southern roots.

The Masons are a prominent but now fragmented family who have lived for generations in Swan, an edenic, hidebound small town in Georgia. As Swan opens, a bizarre crime pulls Ginger Mason home from her life as an archeologist in Italy: The body of her mother, Catherine, a suicide nineteen years before, has been mysteriously exhumed. Reunited on new terms with her troubled, isolated brother J.J., who has never ventured far from Swan, the Mason children grapple with the profound effects of their mother's life and death on their own lives. When a new explanation for Catherine’s death emerges, and other closely guarded family secrets rise to the surface as well, Ginger and J.J. are confronted with startling truths about their family, a particular ordeal in a family and a town that wants to keep the past buried.

Beautifully evoking the rhythms and idiosyncrasies of the deep South while telling an utterly compelling story of the complexity of family ties, Swan marks the remarkable fiction debut of one of America’s best-loved writers.

Now with an excerpt from Frances Mayes's latest southern memoir, Under Magnolia

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2002
October 8
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
336
Pages
PUBLISHER
Crown/Archetype
SELLER
Penguin Random House LLC
SIZE
1
MB

Customer Reviews

Funkwench ,

Southern Comfort

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. It’s by far the best book I’ve read in the past six months and reminded me of bits of Steel Magnolias, The Notebook, or Fried Green Tomatoes. The author paints a picture of sleepy Southern life literally dripping with Spanish moss, moonlight, and magnolias with a sprinkling of the unexpected. Hailing from the South myself, I soaked in the sumptuous buffet, Ms. Mayes set before me and savored it with relish. Beautifully done and highly recommended! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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