Asher Sharp is an evangelical preacher in Tennessee whose belief was tested after his brother, Luke, came out to him. Now, amid the national shift toward tolerance and equality, his perspective begins to shift as well. When he offers shelter to two gay men after a devastating flood, his actions come with a huge personal cost, creating chaos in his congregation and marriage. Losing custody of his young son, Justin, he flees with the boy to Key West—the southernmost point in the country—to seek out Luke. There, he discovers a new way of thinking about love, faith, parenthood, and life.
SOUTHERNMOST, the courageous and compassionate novel from award-winning, New York Times bestselling author local Silas House, initially sprang from the seeds of his own life. After a fundamentalist upbringing that caused him to come out later in life, House was faced with both blatant rejection and fierce acceptance in his Southern community. The insight he gained from those painful circumstances spurred him to craft an intensely candid and lyrical story, one that explores our ability to escape the confines of intolerance and hate and move toward dignity, understanding, and grace.
SOUTHERNMOST, available in paperback on June 4, offers a nuanced portrait of the culture of the contemporary South, whose true complexity is rarely depicted and little acknowledged outside the region. Silas House will be appearing at Carmichael’s Bookstore on June 6 to celebrate the paperback release.