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Publisher's Summary

In this stunning novel about judgment, courage, heartbreak, and change, author Silas House wrestles with the limits of belief and the infinite ways to love. 

In the aftermath of a flood that washes away much of a small Tennessee town, evangelical preacher Asher Sharp offers shelter to two gay men. In doing so, he starts to see his life anew - and risks losing everything: his wife, locked into her religious prejudices; his congregation, which shuns Asher after he delivers a passionate sermon in defense of tolerance; and his young son, Justin, caught in the middle of what turns into a bitter custody battle. 

With no way out but ahead, Asher takes Justin and flees to Key West, where he hopes to find his brother, Luke, whom he'd turned against years ago after Luke came out. And it is there, at the southernmost point of the country, that Asher and Justin discover a new way of thinking about the world, and a new way of understanding love. 

Southernmost is a tender and affecting book, a meditation on love and its consequences.

©2018 Silas House (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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"[Narrator Charlie] Thurston's evocative performance leaves the listener filled with a potent combination of hope, joy, and sadness." (AudioFile)

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Wonderful

This is music and art painting words. I am sad to see it end. The people are real and the narration is musical to listen to. I would give it a 10 star rating. Asher Justin will live in my head for a long time

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Held my attention

Appealing character. I appreciated the sense of regret and lost chances. Nicely narrated-fit the book.

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Good idea, terrible execution

Good idea for a story but lazy and sometimes unbelievable plot developments along with little character development made this book a real disappointment. Stereotypes and platitudes abound.

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Clichéd and poorly narrated

I would have liked to have liked this book, and I stayed until the end, hoping that would redeem it, but no. The female characters all sounded like Dustin Hoffman in Tootsie, and the male characters all sounded like Dana Carvey doing his George Bush impression. And the choice to read the rest of the 3rd person narrative in an accent meant that there was no relief from it. The narrator dropped his g's (goin', thinkin', havin') throughout. It felt patronizing.
As for the story, it’s unfortunately so full of clichés about the religious right that their un-nuanced condemnation rings false. The story is set in the present day, yet the boy is wearing Keds, storing his treasures in cigar boxes, and drinking peach Nehi. You can feel the author trying a little too hard and failing to affect a homespun sort of charm. A better narrator might have been able to pull that off.

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My Favorite!

I enjoy all things Silas House! This one is special- story is timely and so relatable to those of us from Kentucky - Florida- all of I- 75 South.

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A well written timely story

I hope you read this with the open mind intended, it will certainly cause you to think and reflect.

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Intriguing premise told well but once the lost brother is found the tale takes a disappointingly banal turn and resolves in a predictable fashion.

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I never wanted this book to end. This story felt so real because of the judgement and hate I’ve seen to be true in many churches. As a Christian myself, it’s painful to see. This story walked into that pain but showed redemption, the love of a father and son, and was a beautiful story. I need to know what happens next.

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A Magical Story

This is an adventure that will tug at your heart. It’s about family, forgiveness and seeing God and the world in a new way. The southern accents were just right, not too exaggerated or phony. I’m so glad I read it.

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A book of forgiveness

I strongly recommend this story. There is much to be learned here, especially about forgiveness, and how hard it is to forgive yourself, as well as others. The reading of this story is especially strong and well done.