"It is immensely readable and engaging, not least because, despite its narrative shapeliness, Parrish examines the contradictions of his young life, chief among them the fact that one of his best longtime friends was a black fellow athlete and top student. This is one of those books that, once read, is never forgotten."
Ray Olson, ALA Booklist, starred review
"Tim Parrish's Fear and What Follows is the bravest, funniest, smartest, most damning, and most revealing book I've read on race and place in years. If you thought that everything had been already said about race, integration, and the American South, well, Tim Parrish's new memoir will make you think again. An unforgettable book by a hugely talented writer."
Brock Clarke, author of Exley and An Arsonist's Guide to Writers' Homes in New England
"Tim Parrish's voice is an important one in the polyvocal chorus of southern letters. With insight and urgency Parrish proves that even a stubborn, inherited racism can be vanquished through will. At the same time, he tells the riveting story of a mostly overlooked time, class, and placea location that's at once unique and every bit as American as the rest of this variegated country."
Elise Blackwell, author of Hunger and The Unnatural History of Cypress Parish
"Parrish evokes an era of tremendous social upheaval while investigating his own inner tumult. Due to Parrish's considerable talent, this is a beautiful, difficult book that resists easy categorization. To my knowledge, there is no book that competes with it."
Audrey Petty, author of High-Rise Stories: Voices from Chicago Public Housing