by Silas House


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616206253
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 06/05/2018
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 80,972
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Silas House is the author of five novels, including A Parchment of Leaves. He is a frequent contributor to the New York Times and a former commentator for NPR’s All Things Considered. House is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and is the winner of the E. B. White Award, the Nautilus Award, the Appalachian Book of the Year, the Hobson Medal for Literature, and other honors.


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Southernmost 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This highly anticipated novel did not disappoint me. Given his personal situation, I knew Silas would have to write about homosexuals. Like Asher, I was brought up as a Holy Roller (ouch— that term still stings) but before “queers” were openly talked about in church or many other places. Gay was still an adjective with positive connotations. Silas House has done a commendable job of confronting long held feelings, beliefs, prejudices with truth, showing people can change, but it’s a convoluted, rocky road with no guarantees. Loved the shout out to Ashland City, my address!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fascinating plot!