An Atlanta Lawyer Is Drawn Into A Dying Southern Town And Its Increasingly Mystifying And In-Triguing Civil War Past.
Atlanta attorney Michael Fallon agrees to travel to the decayed hamlet of Ashley, Georgia to offer assistance to his former sister-in-law, who claims she has shot a soldier outside the old family home. Unable to move past his wife?s suicide eight years earlier, Fallon, in his attempt to learn more about her life, discovers that the town is still in the grip of a traumatic event that occurred in early December 1864. Defying the residents? insistence that he leave the town to its fate, Fallon becomes enmeshed in the long shadow of the American Civil War.
"In Awake the Southern Wind, a fascinating blend of mystery and history, John A. Vance breathes new life into the traditional motifs of the Southern Gothic novel. This powerfully engaging story rips open old wounds, exposes contemporary sins, and achieves a measure of redemption in ways that will keep its readers spellbound and delighted." - Hank Luce, author of Brainways, Secret of the Nightingale Madonna, and A Darkness in the Pines.
"In the intriguing Awake the Southern Wind, Mr. Vance skillfully weaves a mosaic of past and present where the horror of the Civil War never totally releases its grip on the inhabitants of a small town in the Deep South.? - John Hazen, author of Fava Journey of an American Son, and Dear Dad.
"William Faulkner once remarked, 'The past isn't dead, it's not even passed.' John Vance, in his latest terrific thriller, Awake the Southern Wind, convincingly proves this, and also proves there's no Gothic like a well-written, fast paced, and suspenseful Southern Gothic." - Robert Cooperman, winner of the Colorado Book Award for Poetry, In the Colorado Gold Fever Mountains.