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Parrish McCullough's father died when she was just a child and ever since then she has been fascinated by death rituals in various cultures. The antebellum McCullough home in Mississippi is haunted by his ghost; Parrish and her brothers and sisters see his face in the upstairs window, and his death has left a black hole in the family. Parrish's mother has even installed a phone line from her bedroom to her husband's grave.
Meanwhile, Parrish is a gifted artist who desperately hopes to attend college, but there is no money. She is afraid to leave her mother alone, and she keeps getting distracted by the wrong kind of man. When civil rights workers arrive in Mississippi, Parrish gets the chance to do something stellar to make her father proud.
Kate Betterton creates an unforgettable extended Southern family and vividly brings to life its dreams, its disappointments-and yes, even its beloved ghosts.
|Publisher:||Novello Festival Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.40(d)|
About the Author
Kate Betterton is a practicing psychotherapist in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. Where the Lake Becomes the River is her first novel.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Kate Betterton writes brilliantly, with vivid settings and interesting characters, but the story hammers a life of doom and gloom. Parrish, an artistic and gifted child, dwells on death. Her school essays all recount the theme of death and hopelessness. The story begins in Japan, after WWII, but quickly changes to Mississippi with its racial tension and the supremacy of the Klu Klux Clan. Betterton explores the problems of Southern life: the tension between the "blacks" and the "whites", the distance between the poor and the rich, the sexual abuse, and the superstition. Too many devastating events follow Parrish: death, loss of innocence, and loss of friendship. The last section of the book, Anastasis, brings a glimmer of hope. But this enlightening moment is too little and too late.