June Read of the Month: “The Little Way of Ruthie Leming,” by Rod Dreher

Reviewed by Philip K. Jason This soulful biography has the makings of an American classic. It has attributes that are likely to put it on all kinds of reading lists: family dynamics, coping with illness, grieving, religious questioning, small town life, and regional culture to name a handful. Its subtitle pushes some of these buttons: […]

Philip K. Jason Interviews Amy Hill Hearth

PJ: Tell me a bit about your personal experiences with Naples. AHH:  My husband grew up in Naples. He is a 1968 graduate of Naples Senior High School. In fact, the character “Judd” in my novel is based loosely on my husband, Blair Hearth, when Blair was 12 years old. The lead character, Jackie, was inspired by my late mother-in-law. The […]

April Read of the Month: “The Not Yet,” by Moira Crone

Review by Philip K. Jason University of New Orleans Press. 272 pages. $15.95 Imagining a Mississippi Delta area significantly transformed by decades of ferocious hurricanes, Moira Crone takes us to a realm of islands where immortals rule and the rest live lives of aspiration or rebellion in a caste-bound, static society. Who wouldn’t want to […]

“Plunder,” by Mary Anna Evans

Review by Philip K. Jason Poisoned Pen Press. 306 pages. $24.95 hardback, $14.95 trade paper. This latest adventure of Ms. Evans’ protagonist, archaeologist Faye Longchamp, has many centers of interest. Faye is at work in the area where the Mississippi River empties into the Gulf of Mexico. That is, she is in Louisiana not far from […]

December Read of the Month: “Larry Brown: A Writer’s Life,” by Jean W. Cash

Reviewed by Philip K. Jason Professor Cash’s life story of Mississippi author Larry Brown sets a high standard for biographies of contemporary authors. Her study is a model of how to absorb abundant and varied research materials into a sturdy, accessible prose style. Cash neatly balances materials about Brown’s personal life, his progress as a […]

“The Color of Lies,” by Donna Meredith

Reviewed by Philip K. Jason In the season of Barack Obama’s successful presidential campaign, the stability of a small South Georgia town is threatened by racial stresses and strains. A racial slur is found on a school blackboard. A dynamic Afro-American minister threatens a law suit against the school system, challenging its treatment of Black […]

An Interview with James Nolan

by Philip K. Jason Our review of James Nolan’s Higher Ground was posted on November 8. Contributor and new executive editor Philip K. Jason interviewed Mr. Nolan about the book. Here it is: SLR: What inspired you to build a novel about New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina? JN: Three days after Katrina hit, […]

Higher Ground by James Nolan

Click to Order Higher Ground, by James Nolan Review by Philip K. Jason James Nolan was best known as a poet, poetry translator and critic before publishing an award-winning short story collection, Perpetual Care and Other Stories, in 2008. Higher Ground, winner of the William Faulkner-Wisdom Gold Medal in the novel category, adds another dimension […]