Until now, the “shoe burnin’ ” was the worst-kept secret in the South. It started one day at a backwoods shack in Alabama, where writers and other miscreants sat around cold and complaining. Their host found a big box of shoes, pulled it up to the fireplace and began to pitch the shoes into the fire. As the shoes burned, writers and musicians made up stories and songs about where those shoes may have trod.
The Sounds of Silence
Every family has its shameful secrets, but none more so than those of the Lee family. Aramenta Lee escaped her controlling mother by moving to Paris thirty years ago. Her quiet life there is shattered by a terse wire: AM DYING – COME HOME – MOTHER.
Aramenta arrives in Mobile, Alabama just hours prior to her mother’s death. She wants nothing more than to quickly settle the estate and escape family ties, but finds herself thwarted by a macabre secret her mother has held for thirty years.
Seminole Summer is the eagerly awaited sequel to Judith Richards’s international best-seller Summer Lightning. Redheaded, freckle-faced Terry Calder has returned to the swamps of the Everglades where he lives in a migratory work camp with his mother and younger sister. While his father investigates atrocities in World War II Poland, ten-year-old Terry fills the role of the man of the family. Along the way, Terry becomes the legs for a wounded veteran, the conscience for an angry Indian boy, and the mind for a gentle friend who accidentally brings tragedy to them all.
A novel about triumph in the midst of adversity, Seminole Summer tells the story of a family tested yet emerging all the stronger.