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Southernmost

(2018)
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"A novel for our time, a courageous and necessary book." - Jennifer Haigh, author of Heat and Light

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.

Genre: Literary Fiction

Praise for this book

"Southernmost engages my most deeply hidden fears and hopes. Silas House has all the gifts of a passionate storyteller, and to this book he adds the heartfelt convictions of a man willing to voice what we so seldom see in print—the ways in which with all good intentions we can mess up and go wrong, and only later try to sort out how we can win our own redemption. I love this book, and for it, I love Silas House." - Dorothy Allison

"This beautifully crafted novel brims with a spirit of hopeful humanity as one man’s effort to make himself a better person casts ripples in the world around him." - Charles Frazier

"A novel of fierce love and necessary disaster, of the bravery required to escape the prison of our days, to make a better and more worthy life." - Garth Greenwell

"Silas House's characters are as real to me as my own family. Southernmost is a novel for our time, a courageous and necessary book." - Jennifer Haigh

"A spiritual journey, a love story, and a classic road novel . . . With its themes of acceptance and equality, Southernmost holds a special meaning for America right now, with relevance even beyond its memorable story." - Lee Smith

"Southernmost is an emotional tsunami. The classic themes of great literature written about family life are upended here in a modern twist as a father and son flee one life in search of another; as estranged brothers separated by time and their judgement of one another seek redemption and through the women in their lives, antagonists in the struggle who become grace notes on the road to redemption. This is a story of faith lost and love found, and what we must throw overboard on the journey in order to keep moving. A treasure." - Adriana Trigiani


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Hardback Editions

July 2018 : USA Library Binding
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Title: Southernmost (Thorndike Press Large Print Basic)
Author(s): Silas House
ISBN: 1-4328-5256-6 / 978-1-4328-5256-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press Large Print
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May 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: Southernmost
Author(s): Silas House
ISBN: 1-61620-625-X / 978-1-61620-625-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Algonquin Books
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Paperback Editions

May 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: Southernmost
Author(s): Silas House
ISBN: 1-61620-936-4 / 978-1-61620-936-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Algonquin Books
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Audio Editions

June 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Southernmost
Author(s): Silas House
ISBN: 1-68441-184-X / 978-1-68441-184-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
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June 2018 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Southernmost
Author(s): Silas House
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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June 2018 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Southernmost
Author(s): Silas House
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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June 2018 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Southernmost
Author(s): Silas House
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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Kindle Editions

June 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Southernmost
Author(s): Silas House
Publisher: Algonquin Books
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