winner of the 1989 New American Writing Award
Berry Fleming's novel uses the intertwined lives of several Southern explorers, journeying to a new life in Manhattan, to reveal truths about human love, betrayal, ethics, and morality. Berry's characters have a powerful advantage over those of many modern authors. Although painfully human, they have a bedrock of values and seem more alive because of the depth of their feelings and their conscience. Berry is a breathtakingly skilled writer. His sentences flow like verse, leading at least one reader to recite the words out loud: a sneaking suspicion lingers that the books are written in iambic pentameter.