A compelling addition to contemporary Southern Gothic fiction, deftly weaving together local legends, magical realism, and the search for a missing child.Siblings Bert, Willet, and Pansy know better than to go swimming at the old rock quarry. According to their father, it's the devil's place, a place that's been cursed and forgotten. But Mississippi Delta summer days are scorching hot and they can't resist cooling off in the dark, bottomless water. Until the day six-year-old Pansy disappears. Not drowned, not lost . . . simply gone.After years with no sign, no hope of ever finding Pansy alive, Bert and Willet have tried to move on. But as surely as their mother died of a broken heart, they can't let go. So when clues surface drawing them to the remote tip of Florida, they drop everything and drive south. Deep in the murky depths of the Florida Everglades they may find the answer to Pansy's mysterious disappearance . . . but truth, like the past, is sometimes better left where it lies.Perfect for fans of Flannery O'Connor and Dorothy Allison, The Past Is Never is an atmospheric, haunting story of myths, legends, and the good and evil we carry in our hearts....
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”Old black water, keep on rollin'
Mississippi moon, won't you keep on shinin' on me?
“Keep on shinin' your light
Gonna make everything, everything
Gonna make everything all right
And I ain't got no worries
'Cause I ain't in no hurry at all.”
-- Black Water, Doobie Brothers, lyrics by Patrick Simmons
"To understand the world, you must first understand a place like Mississippi."
- William Faulkner
The Mississippi Delta is known for many things, it is the birthplace of the Blues, it ...more
I have a thing for motives and endings when it comes to plot drivers. I appreciate a good mystery & would chase it til the last page given that it SHOULD make sense in the end. Though I love some parts of of this book, I dislike the ending because it felt shallow and, IMHO, didn’t justify the hardships Willet & Bert went through. I’ve gotten invested not just in this siblings’ quest to find the truth, but also rooted for them hoping all the heartaches will be worth something in the end. ...more
Is the past ever dead? Can it be put behind you, and if so, how far back in the past can you leave something? Can the present – and future – be affected by a past you didn’t even realize existed?
Those are the questions readers will be asking themselves after the final page is turned in “The Past is Never,” the latest novel by Tiffany Quay Tyson. The author first left her mark in Southern fiction with “Three Rivers,” a finalist in the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Fiction.
I devoured this beautiful novel from cover to cover. Once I stepped into Bert's world, I couldn't let go, and I found myself thinking about these characters and their struggles at all hours of the day. I loved the juxtaposition of Bert's viewpoint with the historical aspects of the story. I was enthralled with the way the story flawlessly came together at the end. Highly recommended!
Growing up in the Mississippi Delta, siblings, Bert, Willet and Pansy, don’t have the easiest life, but they have each other. Pansy is the youngest, the favorite and is spoiled rotten. Their mom treats her like royalty and when he’s around (which isn’t often), their dad dotes on her.
They live in a place that is full of legends and is said to be cursed. Unexplainable things have happened in this place. Bad things. Is it legend, the curse, or do bad things happen to bad people?
The days a ...more