Interview with The Gates of Evangeline Author Hester Young
Even if you missed our live Twitter chat with Hester Young last night, you can still read our interview with her about her spooky debut The Gates of Evangeline. Possibly one of the most anticipated Southern reads of the fall, the book combines a mother’s grief with eerie premonitions, a historic plantation and long-buried secrets of love, money, betrayal and murder. And even more good news: It's just the start of a trilogy about character Charlie Cates. Young tells us the novel's setting in the Louisiana swamp came to her in a dream one night where a little boy asked to tell her how he died. It doesn't get much more Southern Gothic than that.
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The once-grand house now drooped in urban shabbiness, as did the rest of the neighborhood. At the turn of the century, the area had boasted Memphis’ carriage trade
The only witch I knew was Marcella Coral. Marcella lived in the big plantation house on the other side of the split-rail fence that separated the 1960s from the 1860s. Our lot was next to hers
Marlena leaned against the doorjamb, tired. She needed the night air to take the sweat and steam that had gathered at her temples, that had turned her hair into black tendrils. The mouth of the bar behind her blew moist breath past her
Myrtis Graves returned from her daily walk up and down the road before her house to find the Town Car parked under her carport
On a Saturday night at the end of October, I drove to the Weaverville Wal-Mart with my dog Rascal and stood in line at the Customer Service desk
Lunchtime. The one hundred seventy-three students at Warren County Consolidated High School were in the cafetorium. They’d gone through the cafeteria line
Eudora sits on her front porch in a rocking chair watching cars and people pass by on the road. She cracks open pistachios with her teeth and spits the shells into a bowl
I used to go walking first thing in the morning. Good for an old woman’s heart. The muggy Alabama weather was one reason I’d head out early