archive-com.com » COM » S » SOUTHERNLITREVIEW.COM

Total: 329

Choose link from "Titles, links and description words view":

Or switch to "Titles and links view".
  • Book Reviews Archives - Southern Literary Review
    Comment Reviewed by Donna Meredith With his third novel The Gospel of the Twin Ron Cooper delves into very different and far more controversial territory than his earlier fiction Hume s Fork and Purple Jesus Those were satirical in tone peopled with wacky characters In The Gospel of the Twin Judas Didymos Thomas now eighty years old Filed Under Book Reviews Tagged With Donna Meredith Jesus Ron Cooper South Carolina The Gospel of the Twin GodPretty in the Tobacco Field by Kim Michele Richardson April 11 2016 by Philip K Jason Leave a Comment Reviewed by Philip K Jason Like its predecessor Liar s Bench GodPretty in the Tobacco Field is a powerful coming of age story complicated by lingering racial prejudice The town of Nameless Kentucky is a place where everyone suffers under the heel of grinding poverty poor education and images of a ruthless punishing God from whom family elders Filed Under Book Reviews Tagged With GodPretty in the Tobacco Field Kentucky Kim Michele Richardson Philip K Jason In the Heart of the Dark Wood by Billy Coffey April 8 2016 by Katie DePoppe Leave a Comment Reviewed by Katie DePoppe This third installment to Coffey s series which can be read in any order once again pulls the reader into the eerie ethereal terrain of Mattingly Virginia A coming of age tale at its most simplistic and a dark night of the soul journey at its core the novel although only loosely grounded in Christian orthodoxy is unapologetically Filed Under Book Reviews Tagged With Billy Coffey In the Heart of the Dark Wood Katie DePoppe Thomas Nelson Under the Same Blue Sky by Pamela Schoenewaldt April 5 2016 by Daniel Sundahl Leave a Comment Reviewed by Daniel James Sundahl One needs to note at the beginning a difference between historical authenticity and historicity It would seem a paradox for example to argue that historical fiction is an unlikely melding the history and fiction genres being critically apart If however a novel s plot takes place in a setting located in Filed Under Book Reviews Tagged With Daniel Sundahl Pamela Schoenewaldt Under the Same Blue Sky April Read of the Month The Feathered Bone by Julie Cantrell April 1 2016 by Adele Annesi Leave a Comment Reviewed by Adele Annesi The Feathered Bone by New York Times bestselling author Julie Cantrell fuses poetic voice and unwavering honesty in a haunting tale of worst fears come true best intentions gone horribly wrong and a freedom that brings hope beyond this life Set in New Orleans and rural Louisiana in the years involving Filed Under Book Reviews Read of the Month Tagged With Adele Annesi Into the Free Julie Cantrell New Orleans The Feathered Bone Next Page Top Posts Pages Web of Water Reflections on Life Along the Saluda Reedy Rivers by John Lane with Photography by Tom Blagden Clay Bolt jon holloway and Ben Geer Keys Interview with Michael Lee West Submissions Allen Mendenhall Interviews Karen White Bull Mountain

    Original URL path: http://southernlitreview.com/category/reviews#mc_signup (2016-04-27)
    Open archived version from archive

  • March Read of the Month: "Driftwood Tides," by Gina Holmes - Southern Literary Review
    usually make it difficult to determine the origin or species There s an aesthetic point to be made here On closer examination driftwood flotsam is not without embodiment Artist Heather Jansch for example takes natural weathered driftwood and assembles the pieces into remarkable equine sculpture The pieces are dramatic What we glean from the driftwood and the tides is a metaphor for life itself We collect bits and pieces given to us as free gifts from the tides and are obliged to shape something from those pieces It s important though to remember that what is sometimes washed ashore is unexpected For Holton what was washed ashore was the death of his wife Adele for Libby it s the discovery that she is an illegitimate daughter given up for adoption The truth we often hold about ourselves is often turned upside down when something new is washed up on the shores of our lives when we collect more pieces of driftwood brought to us on the outer banks of our lives by the eternal and restless tides I mention this controlling metaphor because it s what prizes this novel It s an aesthetic matter of course and the aesthetic argument is that the faithful imagination is continually at work gathering the washed ashore flotsam assembling the pieces filling up the fissures such that grace might pass through If the imagination is stopped from pouring itself out well there s a void and such a void is quasi hell on earth That s a good description for Holton s life after Adele s death and it s the world Libby wanders into while forming a friendship with Tess Holton is angry and stewing and has departed from his everyman faith walk He s incredibly annoying and judgmentally petty and either self destructive on one hand or nihilistically suicidal on the other But this is a Christian book in the course of which characters learn the truth about themselves when life changes in an instant Tess for example remains steadfast in this story of human foibles Her own artistic abilities blossom out of the turmoil sea shells collected along the same eastern shore bits and pieces gathered and then majestically shaped into pleasing mosaics relishing hope for tomorrow One realistically must believe that human existence is a fragile thing and that one exposed to danger must learn daily to love with trembling There s the movement of the body and the movement of the soul The body can deteriorate and the soul can fall into the void of empty spaces But as Holton learns suffering can lead to and inspire an equal degree of joy Out of the dark night of the soul the imagination can begin the sacramental work of gathering what s been washed up on the shores of our lives and with the unmixed alloy of grace recreate that artistic masterpiece God s Tree of Life Click here to purchase this book Share this Click to share on LinkedIn

    Original URL path: http://southernlitreview.com/reviews/march-read-of-the-month-driftwood-tides-by-gina-holmes.htm (2016-04-27)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Christian Fiction Archives - Southern Literary Review
    23 2011 by Julie Cantrell Leave a Comment Looking for inspirational reads to celebrate your faith this Easter Try these titles picked especially for Southern Lit Review readers Scott Cairns is widely recognized as one of the leading spiritual writers of modern times His poetry is particularly philosophical inspiring readers to fully examine their spiritual beliefs on both a cognitive and Filed Under Book Reviews Tagged With Christian Fiction Drug Addiction Easter Father Tim Novels Intervention Jan Karon Mitford Series Poetry Scott Cairns Spirtual Suspense Terri Blackstock Top Posts Pages Web of Water Reflections on Life Along the Saluda Reedy Rivers by John Lane with Photography by Tom Blagden Clay Bolt jon holloway and Ben Geer Keys Interview with Michael Lee West Submissions Allen Mendenhall Interviews Karen White Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich Contents Search the site Free Subscription Email Address unsubscribe from list powered by MailChimp Topics Author Profiles Interviews 108 Book Reviews 289 Conferences and Festivals 36 Contributors Bios 72 Essays 9 General 7 Grants and Contests 16 News Events 75 Read of the Month 86 Residencies 5 Southern States 1 Archives Archives Select Month April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August

    Original URL path: http://southernlitreview.com/tag/christian-fiction (2016-04-27)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Driftwood Tides Archives - Southern Literary Review
    Along the Saluda Reedy Rivers by John Lane with Photography by Tom Blagden Clay Bolt jon holloway and Ben Geer Keys Interview with Michael Lee West Submissions Allen Mendenhall Interviews Karen White Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich Contents Search the site Free Subscription Email Address unsubscribe from list powered by MailChimp Topics Author Profiles Interviews 108 Book Reviews 289 Conferences and Festivals 36 Contributors Bios 72 Essays 9 General 7 Grants and Contests 16 News Events 75 Read of the Month 86 Residencies 5 Southern States 1 Archives Archives Select Month April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October

    Original URL path: http://southernlitreview.com/tag/driftwood-tides (2016-04-27)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Gina Holmes Archives - Southern Literary Review
    of Glass by Gina Holmes December 26 2012 by Mollie Waters Leave a Comment Reviewed by Mollie Waters Penny Taylor has had it rough Growing up on a small farm under her daddy s watchful eyes has never given her much opportunity to interact with people her own age especially boys In the summer of 1999 all of that changes when a bumper crop requires her father to hire additional Filed Under Book Reviews Read of the Month Tagged With Gina Holmes Mollie Waters Wings of Glass Top Posts Pages Web of Water Reflections on Life Along the Saluda Reedy Rivers by John Lane with Photography by Tom Blagden Clay Bolt jon holloway and Ben Geer Keys Interview with Michael Lee West Submissions Allen Mendenhall Interviews Karen White Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich Contents Search the site Free Subscription Email Address unsubscribe from list powered by MailChimp Topics Author Profiles Interviews 108 Book Reviews 289 Conferences and Festivals 36 Contributors Bios 72 Essays 9 General 7 Grants and Contests 16 News Events 75 Read of the Month 86 Residencies 5 Southern States 1 Archives Archives Select Month April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011 November 2011 October 2011 September 2011 August

    Original URL path: http://southernlitreview.com/tag/gina-holmes (2016-04-27)
    Open archived version from archive

  • February Read of the Month: "The Secret to Hummingbird Cake," by Celeste Fletcher McHale - Southern Literary Review
    to the rest of the world Ella Rae is a housewife with a happy husband clean home and dinner on the table but she is also the one who knows two speeds Wide open and dead stop And sometimes she drinks too much and talks too loud but she is never mean or mean spirited Carrigan is the rebellious one who feels as though the rules didn t apply to me Not in an I m better than you kind of way more like in a that rule is stupid kind of way She is also restless After a brief stint working in her husband Jack s large farming enterprise and a failed attempt at domesticity she sometimes wonders what it might have been like to have gone to college Carrigan observes that at least near the beginning of the story e verything was a joke to Ella Rae and me Everything we did was for entertainment purposes only Laine in contrast to the other two wanted us to get baptized once a week run a soup kitchen volunteer at the local day care and neuter dogs on the kitchen table in our spare time Laine knows that even though Carrigan is thirty she needs to grow up You always do this Carrigan You dive off into things and never consider the consequences You walk right up to the edge of the cliff and teeter there until somebody yanks you back to firm ground Don t you know that one day you ll go over The question whether Carrigan will go over the cliff or grow up when life finally does sucker punch her forms the central tension in the story It s not just the troubled marriage Her relationship with her steadying rock and conscience Laine is about to take a radical turn As the trio joins kith and kin at the annual Crawfish Boil someone casually observes that Laine is looking particularly tired This is the first hint that something more than friendship small town ethos and domestic relationships are at the heart of the story McHale knows full well how to pace a plot and before the readers know more about Laine s fatigue and the dark circles under her eyes Carrigan and Jack rediscover what Laine and Ella Rae always knew Jack and Carrigan are still in love They reunite But their bliss is short lived and before Jack can explain why he pulled away from Carrigan Ella Rae interrupts them with devastating news Laine is seriously ill with cancer The news of Laine s cancer frightens them all but it is also the catalyst for Carrigan and Ella Rae to finally mature Before Laine s illness their lives had been blessed and if not carefree at least safe active and full of love How they will react to this new situation in some ways defines their growth and inhabits the soul of the story While Carrigan struggles emotionally after learning Laine is seriously ill she

    Original URL path: http://southernlitreview.com/reviews/february-read-of-the-month-the-secret-to-hummingbird-cake-by-celeste-fletcher-mchale.htm (2016-04-27)
    Open archived version from archive

  • Celeste Fletcher McHale Archives - Southern Literary Review
    Fletcher McHale February 9 2016 by Claire Matturro Leave a Comment Reviewed by Claire Hamner Matturro The Secret to Hummingbird Cake Thomas Nelson 2016 by emerging Southern author Celeste Fletcher McHale manages to do a very difficult thing It spins a loving tale about enduring female friendships in a small town in the Deep South without engaging in stereotypes or sentimentality Replete with the poignancy of Filed Under Book Reviews Read of the Month Tagged With Celeste Fletcher McHale Claire Hamner Matturro February Read of the Month The Secret to Hummingbird Cake Thomas Nelson Top Posts Pages Web of Water Reflections on Life Along the Saluda Reedy Rivers by John Lane with Photography by Tom Blagden Clay Bolt jon holloway and Ben Geer Keys Interview with Michael Lee West Submissions Allen Mendenhall Interviews Karen White Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich Contents Search the site Free Subscription Email Address unsubscribe from list powered by MailChimp Topics Author Profiles Interviews 108 Book Reviews 289 Conferences and Festivals 36 Contributors Bios 72 Essays 9 General 7 Grants and Contests 16 News Events 75 Read of the Month 86 Residencies 5 Southern States 1 Archives Archives Select Month April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 June 2012 May 2012 April 2012 March 2012 February 2012 January 2012 December 2011

    Original URL path: http://southernlitreview.com/tag/celeste-fletcher-mchale (2016-04-27)
    Open archived version from archive

  • February Read of the Month Archives - Southern Literary Review
    of the Month Wayne co authored The Triumph of Democracy Over Militant Islamism 2006 and Winning the War on Filed Under Author Profiles Interviews Read of the Month Tagged With B Wayne Quist Brown Books February Read of the Month God s Angry Man WWII February Read of the Month God s Angry Man by B Wayne Quist February 1 2011 by Christopher Bundrick Leave a Comment Reviewed by Christopher Bundrick God s Angry Man The Incredible Journey of Private Joe Haan paints a very interesting picture of a mid twentieth century American experience A sort of American everyman Joe Haan might represent our sense of what s best about this country Like Huckleberry Finn born just a little further south on the Mississippi Haan Filed Under Book Reviews Read of the Month Tagged With B Wayne Quist February Read of the Month Joe Haan Military Texas WWII Top Posts Pages Web of Water Reflections on Life Along the Saluda Reedy Rivers by John Lane with Photography by Tom Blagden Clay Bolt jon holloway and Ben Geer Keys Interview with Michael Lee West Submissions Allen Mendenhall Interviews Karen White Bull Mountain by Brian Panowich Contents Search the site Free Subscription Email Address unsubscribe from list powered by MailChimp Topics Author Profiles Interviews 108 Book Reviews 289 Conferences and Festivals 36 Contributors Bios 72 Essays 9 General 7 Grants and Contests 16 News Events 75 Read of the Month 86 Residencies 5 Southern States 1 Archives Archives Select Month April 2016 March 2016 February 2016 January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014

    Original URL path: http://southernlitreview.com/tag/february-read-of-the-month (2016-04-27)
    Open archived version from archive



  •