ForeWord Reviews’ IndieFab Book of the Year “Editor’s Choice Award”
Independent Publisher Awards Bronze “Best Regional Fiction South”
Winner of International Book Awards in “Religious Fiction” Category
Set in 1940s Germantown, Tennessee, South of Everything is a magical coming of age story about the daughter of a plantation-owning family, who, despite her privileged background, finds more in common with “the help” than her own family.
She develops a special kinship with her parents’ servant Old Thomas, who introduces her to the mysterious Lolololo Tree––a magical, mystical tree with healing powers that she discovers is wiser than any teacher or parent or priest. Her connection with the Lolololo Tree opens her eyes to the religious and racial prejudice of her surroundings and readers will root for her to fight against injustice and follow her heart to meet her fate.
|Publisher:||She Writes Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)|
About the Author
Reverend Audrey Taylor Gonzalez was born in Memphis, Tennessee, in 1939. In the span of her long career, she’s been a journalist, TV host, art gallery owner, racehorse breeder, mountain climber, world traveler, breast cancer survivor, and the first woman to be ordained to holy orders in the Southern Cone of South America at Uruguay’s Holy Trinity Cathedral in Montevideo. She’s a philanthropist, and mother and grandmother to her own children as well as many people in need that have crossed her path over the years. As a deacon at Calvary Episcopal Church in Memphis, Audrey received the prestigious Juvenile Court Judges Award for Outstanding Service in 2012 and 2014 and she was selected by the governor of Tennessee as a Commissioner on TCCY (Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth). She is the author of three books, the fictional memoir The Lolololo Tree and two collections of writings and homilies, Sermons and Such and The Shady Place. South of Everything is her first novel. Audrey resides in Memphis, Tennessee. For more information about the author, please visit: www.audreytaylorgonzalez.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Tracy Slowiak for Readers' Favorite In a simply lovely new book by author Audrey Taylor Gonzalez, South of Everything, readers will find a simple delight of a read that will stay with them long after they have finished the last page. Follow the story of protagonist Missy Sarah, a young girl living in Tennessee during very racially divided times. In fact, her parents own a plantation, and Missy Sarah is expected to act in very particular ways when it comes to decorum, race, and her religious beliefs. When she develops a special friendship with her parents' servant, Old Thomas, and he introduces her to the Lolololo Tree, a special tree gifted with the power to heal, she finds herself enchanted. The tree is the wisest creature she has ever known, and through it she comes to understand the racial and religious prejudice that she is growing up with. Will the tree also give her the means to fight her upbringing? You'll have to read the book to find out! I so enjoyed South of Everything. It was simply a wonderful read; one that I couldn't put down once I started it. Author Audrey Taylor Gonzalez has done a stellar job in creating characters that her readers will connect with, relate to, and truly care about. If that isn't the hallmark of a gifted writer, I'm not sure what is. Any reader who loves a sweet and interesting story, one that will make them think, or simply a great work of fiction will love this book. I highly recommend South of Everything. I am looking forward to reading more from author Audrey Taylor Gonzalez in the future; her work is both promising and lovely at the same time, and I can't wait for more!