The Past Is Never

The Past Is Never

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 s A compelling addition to contemporary Southern Gothic fiction, deftly weaving together local legends, magical realism...

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Title:The Past Is Never
Author:Tiffany Quay Tyson
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:1510726829
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:304 pages pages

The Past Is Never Reviews

  • Sandra Bond
    Feb 06, 2018
    SUCH a GOOD book!! Southern fiction at its best. I hope everyone reads this beautiful story! ...
  • Cheri
    Feb 10, 2018
    !! NOW AVAILABLE !! ?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.? --...
  • Dea
    Mar 30, 2018
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  • Marialyce
    Feb 04, 2018
    4+ to a "quite a story" story! This was a fascinating tale of family and the concept that family does not always mean blood. This tale brought together many characters chief among them were: Bert, Willet, and Pansy. The children, as well as their parents, were attracted to an old ro...
  • Carrie Esposito
    Apr 13, 2018
    The Past Is Never is a very atmospheric and compelling story of siblings searching not only for their missing younger sister, but for clues as to how their family came to be where and what it is when their sister disappears. I found the build-up to the final chapters particularly sati...
  • Tanya
    May 21, 2018
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  • Theresa Alan
    May 04, 2018
    This is a sumptuously written novel. Told from the point of view of Bert (Roberta Lynn), she?s fourteen years old when she and her sixteen-year-old brother Willet go in search of berries, leaving their six-year-old sister Pansy swimming in the quarry. Pansy is the strongest swimmer o...
  • Kathy
    Feb 14, 2018
    3.5 stars. Set in the mid 1970s, The Past Is Never by Tiffany Quay Tyson is an atmospheric tale of mystery and intrigue. One hot summer day in 1976, fourteen year Roberta Lynn (Bert), sixteen year old Willet and six year Pansy head to the quarry to go swimming although their fath...
  • Jim Ringel
    Apr 09, 2018
    Tiffany Quay Tyson?s The Past is Never begins as a mystery about a child?s disappearance, grows into an indictment of racism and the hatred and despair it weaves through a society, and then blossoms into full redemption. The book is a dark journey of the soul that illuminates into ...
  • Jim Ringel
    Apr 09, 2018
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  • Diane S ☔
    Oct 21, 2017
    Southern Gothic takes us to the Mississippi Delta and a quarry said to be evil, cursed. Three siblings told to give a berth to this quarry, instead it becomes a place they regularly go to swim. Something horrible happened here in the past, bug the past is never, it is carried inside th...
  • Susanne Strong - Traveling Sister
    Feb 03, 2018
    4 Stars. 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 d...
  • Angela M
    Mar 18, 2018
    4+ stars . After I read the first few of pages, I thought maybe this was going to be a little too eerie, a little too dark, a little too suspenseful, a little out of my comfort zone. I continued reading and a few pages later I knew that I would not be able to abandon this writing. ...
  • Susanna
    Mar 17, 2018
    This book is so good--a juicy Southern Gothic family novel set in Mississippi of the later 1970s, but its tendrils extend back to the Civil War era and especially the 1940s, with a thought-provoking take on personal and political history that will make it linger long in my mind. A fami...
  • Talk Supe
    Mar 06, 2018
    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?...
  • Michelle Shouse
    May 11, 2018
    An Absolute Gem! Hurry up and write more! Save time to enjoy this amazing jewel of a book--the best I've read in months! ...
  • Judith
    Apr 18, 2018
    Tiffany Quay Tyson transported this westerner to the South with superb, rich language, and I loved living there! The details she used to paint place left me feeling I am expert myself. This is the experience I love in a novel. The characters are authentic with their quirks and mixed mo...
  • Annika
    May 14, 2018
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  • Susan Obryan
    Mar 09, 2018
    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...
  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    Feb 20, 2018
    On a hot summer day, Bert, Willet, and Pansy went swimming swimming in the quarry in Missippi Delta. They were not allowed to swim there since it was known to be cursed. Their father always told them that it was evil, the devil's place. Bert and Willet wander off and when they co...
  • Carol Bedin
    Apr 09, 2018
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  • Ken Lutes
    Apr 28, 2018
    Dark secrets of the past lurk in the deep recesses of the mind, like the no longer wanted things some people of White Forest, Mississippi, discard into the waters of an old rock quarry. People have been lost there, too. Elements of southern gothic fiction are woven through the web o...
  • Cynthia
    Mar 28, 2018
    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 sto...
  • Chris Meier
    Mar 28, 2018
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  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader & Traveling Sister
    Jan 31, 2018
    4 mesmerizing, mysterious, magical stars to The Past Is Never ? ? ? ? This is a hard book to describe at first thought! I read Tiffany Quay Tyson?s debut, Three Rivers, and adored it. It was a simple book with beautiful writing and a story of family. I was thrilled when I...
  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    Jan 31, 2018
    Wow! So many great books that I have read since my little reading break! I loved this one and what an absolutely wonderful ending!!! Review to follow soon! Thank you so much to Edelweiss for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review! ...
  • Bri Little
    Apr 19, 2018
    This novel was exceptionally written. I really enjoyed it. Four stars because I felt unsettled by the Black/Seminole historical parts being written by a white woman, and because there were too many sexual assault scenes. ...
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    Apr 10, 2018
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  • Brittney Landers
    Apr 21, 2018
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  • P.J. Vernon
    Apr 21, 2018
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