The Past Is Never

The Past Is Never

A compelling addition to contemporary Southern Gothic fiction, deftly weaving together local legends, magical realism, and the search for a missing child.Siblings Bert, Willet, and Pansy know better than to go swimming at the old rock quarry. According to their father, it's the devil's place, a place that's been cursed and forgotten. But Mississippi Delta summer days are s...

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Title:The Past Is Never
Author:Tiffany Quay Tyson
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The Past Is Never Reviews

  • Norma

    Wow! So many great books that I have read since my little reading break! I loved this one and what an absolutely wonderful ending!!!

    Review to follow soon!

    Thank you so much to Edelweiss for the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book in exchange for a review!

  • Susan Obryan

    Is the past ever dead? Can it be put behind you, and if so, how far back in the past can you leave something? Can the present – and future – be affected by a past you didn’t even realize existed?

    Those are the questions readers will be asking themselves after the final page is turned in “The Past is Never,” the latest novel by Tiffany Quay Tyson. The author first left her mark in Southern fiction with “Three Rivers,” a finalist in the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Fiction.

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    Is the past ever dead? Can it be put behind you, and if so, how far back in the past can you leave something? Can the present – and future – be affected by a past you didn’t even realize existed?

    Those are the questions readers will be asking themselves after the final page is turned in “The Past is Never,” the latest novel by Tiffany Quay Tyson. The author first left her mark in Southern fiction with “Three Rivers,” a finalist in the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Fiction.

    With “The Past is Never,” Tyson uses her native Southern voice to tell a story of family dysfunctions, historic myths and courage to look behind the past.

    Sixteen-year-old Willett and his two younger sisters, Roberta Lynn “Bert” and Pansy, live in fictional White Horse, Mississippi. It’s 1976, and there’s not much for entertainment in the small town. Fun is something they make for themselves. They can’t help but be drawn to an old rock quarry and its cool swimming hole waters.

    When their dad is home, which isn’t often, he warns them to stay away from the cursed Devil’s place. He tells them frightening stories about how the quarry was built, the lives it has claimed and haunted woods that protects it.

    Dad’s away, Mama is busy, and it’s hot outside. There’s no keeping the siblings from the quarry. The three walk there together. Only two leave.

    The disappearance of six-year-old Pansy changes life as they knew it for the entire family. Pansy, the unexpected “miracle child” born with four teeth, coarse black hair, a blotchy tan and a large purple birthmark on her thigh. Pansy, the feisty, the spoiled, the charmed … the gone.

    So begins the unsettling future of Willett and Bert, neither who can let go of what happened that day. There’s more than enough self-blame, accusations and heartbreak to go around as their dad stays away and their mom dies of a broken heart and cigarette habit.

    In turn, Willett and Bert leave home, not only to find themselves but also search for clues about their family’s past. Reports of their dad’s lonely death in Florida takes the brother and sister to the Everglades where they learn the past becomes the present, which leads to the future. As William Faulkner said, “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” To say more might spoil the thrill for readers.

    Those three elements – past, present and future – are at the heart of “The Past is Never.” Readers will learn about Fern, Granny Clem, Earl and a host of others. About the creatures beyond the trees who long to give voice to the past. Tyson ties them together through alternating voices as she explores family lines, tragedies and curses.

    “Those eyes you feel watching you are the eyes of your family,” Bert tells her niece seven years after Pansy disappears. “They mean you no harm.”

    The author’s skillful storytelling reaches a high mark with this novel. Nothing is as it first appears in this dark, complex story that draws upon inner strength, extended family ties and personal determination. And as with her first novel, Tyson has an award winner on her hands.

  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

    This is a hard book to describe at first thought! I read Tiffany Quay Tyson’s debut, Three Rivers, and adored it. It was a simple book with beautiful writing and a story of family. I was thrilled when I saw she had a new book coming out.

    Once again, Tyson focused on family. Three siblings, Bert, Willett, and Pansy go swimming at the forbidden local rock quarry, and one of them disappears. It’s a story of good and evil, the pas

    ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

    This is a hard book to describe at first thought! I read Tiffany Quay Tyson’s debut, Three Rivers, and adored it. It was a simple book with beautiful writing and a story of family. I was thrilled when I saw she had a new book coming out.

    Once again, Tyson focused on family. Three siblings, Bert, Willett, and Pansy go swimming at the forbidden local rock quarry, and one of them disappears. It’s a story of good and evil, the past and the present, and haunting myths and curses. The Mississippi Delta made for the perfect southern atmospheric setting, just as it did in Three Rivers.

    I had a rough start with this book, but I’m so glad I stuck it out. After the first third, I was entranced with the characters. Overall, this book was a magical reading experience!

    I read this with the Traveling Sisters, and I’m so happy that we all completely loved this book. It was the perfect book to discuss. For reviews of this book and others, please visit Brenda and Norma’s blog:

    Thank you to Tiffany Quay Tyson, Skyhorse Publishing, and Edelweiss for the complimentary copy to review.

  • Diane S ☔

    Southern Gothic takes us to the Mississippi Delta and a quarry said to be evil, cursed. Three siblings told to give a berth to this quarry, instead it becomes a place they regularly go to swim. Something horrible happened here in the past, bug the past is never, it is carried inside the person or inside a place that has seen the evil of man. Something terrible happens on this the three siblings last day, and changes their lives forevermore.

    Fantastic characters, all terribly flawed as the most in

    Southern Gothic takes us to the Mississippi Delta and a quarry said to be evil, cursed. Three siblings told to give a berth to this quarry, instead it becomes a place they regularly go to swim. Something horrible happened here in the past, bug the past is never, it is carried inside the person or inside a place that has seen the evil of man. Something terrible happens on this the three siblings last day, and changes their lives forevermore.

    Fantastic characters, all terribly flawed as the most interesting characters often are the easiest in which to connect for the reader. Dark, atmospheric, descriptive, the story of what happened at the quarry years ago, and what happened at the quarry now. Some evil events can mark a person, leave its mark on a specific place. Two siblings will head out to the Everglades trying to solve the mysteries at the heart of their family. We make the connections within their family as we follow along. Totally drawn into this one. Loved the way it was written and the dark tone used to such great effect.

    The closest comparison I can make between this book and others is with the author

    . Though this one is a bit more centered, tightly plotted. A wonderful sisters read where we all found it great.

    ARC from Edelweiss.

  • Susanne Strong

    4 Stars.

    Growing up in the Mississippi Delta, siblings, Bert, Willet and Pansy, don’t have the easiest life, but they have each other. Pansy is the youngest, the favorite and is spoiled rotten. Their mom treats her like royalty and when he’s around (which isn’t often), their dad dotes on her.

    They live in a place that is full of legends and is said to be cursed. Unexplainable things have happened in this place. Bad things. Is it legend, the curse, or do bad things happen to bad people?

    The days a

    4 Stars.

    Growing up in the Mississippi Delta, siblings, Bert, Willet and Pansy, don’t have the easiest life, but they have each other. Pansy is the youngest, the favorite and is spoiled rotten. Their mom treats her like royalty and when he’s around (which isn’t often), their dad dotes on her.

    They live in a place that is full of legends and is said to be cursed. Unexplainable things have happened in this place. Bad things. Is it legend, the curse, or do bad things happen to bad people?

    The days are hot and humid and the only place to cool off is the quarry - and it’s forbidden. Yet Bert and Willet can’t resist and they always take Pansy along. While swimming in the quarry, they only leave her alone for a second and neither worry as Pansy is the strongest swimmer of the three. A second is all it takes. When Bert returns, Pansy is gone - she just disappeared into thin air and as the years go by, there is no sign of her. The tragedy tears the family apart, yet Bert and Willet don’t give up and will do whatever it takes to find their sister.

    This novel is atmospheric, dark and eerie. It also has a beautiful, exciting and mysterious feeling to it, once that honestly I can’t describe. “The Past is Never” surprised me. I had no idea what to expect and honestly, was hesitant to read it as this was outside of my comfort zone. That said, “The Past is Never” wowed me and I loved it. From the beginning I was hooked. The characters felt so real to me, that they actually felt alive. The author, Tiffany Quay Tyson, knocked it out of the park. This was the first book that I have read by her and I can assure you, it won’t be my last. I highly recommend this to anyone who is looking for something a little different - it will take you by surprise, root inside of you, and make you feel alive too.

    This was a Traveling Sister Read. It included Norma, Jennifer, Diane and Mary Beth.

    Thank you to Edelweiss, Skyhouse Publishing and Tiffany Quay Tyson for an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review.

    Published on Edelweiss and Goodreads on 2.3.18.

    *Will be published on Amazon on 3.20.18.

  • Angela M

    4+ stars .

    After I read the first few of pages, I thought maybe this was going to be a little too eerie, a little too dark, a little too suspenseful, a little out of my comfort zone. I continued reading and a few pages later I knew that I would not be able to abandon this writing. This writing that was full of emotion and beautifully descriptive. I couldn’t leave it without finding out what happened that day when Bert and Willet take their younger sister Pansy to the quarry, where the water was

    4+ stars .

    After I read the first few of pages, I thought maybe this was going to be a little too eerie, a little too dark, a little too suspenseful, a little out of my comfort zone. I continued reading and a few pages later I knew that I would not be able to abandon this writing. This writing that was full of emotion and beautifully descriptive. I couldn’t leave it without finding out what happened that day when Bert and Willet take their younger sister Pansy to the quarry, where the water was cool on this hot day, where they weren’t supposed to go. Something happens that changes their lives and several years later Bert wonders what she would have been like, what life would have been like if things had been different. She is on a journey to discover the truth. The book description gives a lot more details so I’m not going to do that here for fear of spoilers.

    There’s evil in that quarry, and there’s prejudice in the Mississippi delta, and there’s sadness and heartbreaking losses . The prejudice is more powerful than the legends or beliefs in the curses. It’s a story of family and maybe fate. The first person narrative by Bert alternates with stories of the past . The stories that depict the legendary belief of the evil of the quarry, going back in time to the slaves who dug it. The stories go back in time to the children’s grandmother, Clementine’s past and the children she took in. One of them was the children’s father. I loved this going back in time because it eased the suspense of the present time for me a bit. The writing is phenomenal, the characters especially Bert and Clem are so well drawn. I might have given it 5 stars, but some of the ending felt a little rushed. An epigraph, of course at the beginning, but it wasn’t until I finished reading this book that I understood how perfect it was :

    “The past is never dead. It’s not even past.” (William Faulkner, Requiem for a Nun)

    I received an advanced copy of this book from Skyhorse Publishing through Edelweiss.

  • Marialyce

    4+ to a "quite a story" story!

    This was a fascinating tale of family and the concept that family does not always mean blood. This tale brought together many characters chief among them were: Bert, Willet, and Pansy. The children, as well as their parents, were attracted to an old rock quarry where legends, folktales, and Gothic fiction seem to abide. The children in an attempt to cool off on a hot Mississippi summer's day head off to the woods and then to the quarry which contains a pool of colle

    4+ to a "quite a story" story!

    This was a fascinating tale of family and the concept that family does not always mean blood. This tale brought together many characters chief among them were: Bert, Willet, and Pansy. The children, as well as their parents, were attracted to an old rock quarry where legends, folktales, and Gothic fiction seem to abide. The children in an attempt to cool off on a hot Mississippi summer's day head off to the woods and then to the quarry which contains a pool of collected water. They have been warned to stay away, this quarry is the devil's ground, but they decide much like children always seem to do, that what is forbidden makes for an attractive, irresistible lure. And so they go and by day's end, Pansy is missing, when Willet and Bert wander away while Pansy is swimming in the collected water.

    What ensues is the search for Pansy and as the story is portrayed the children's family both now and in the past is told. Their father has disappeared a while back and the two remaining siblings, police, and volunteers search for Pansy. Where could she have gone? How can someone disappear without a trace?

    Years go by but the guilt never leaves as both Willet and Bert continue to believe in their hearts that Pansy is alive. They grow, lose their mother to a broken heart and eventually wind up in Florida in the Everglades searching yet for the lost sister.

    is a true Gothic tale. It has all the elements which make it a scary yet realistic read, one that provides the reader with much in the way of secrets, myths, ad legends. It is also a story of family and the love that is often given by those not related by blood but by the human bond of acceptance and love. "We must take care of our families wherever we find them." (Elizabeth Gilbert) The finding of family and being family is the ultimate goal of who we are.

    Thank you to Tiffany Quay Tyson, Skyhorse Publishing, and Edelweiss for making available an advanced copy of the tragic tale.

  • Cheri

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    - William Faulkner

    The Mississippi Delta is known for many things, it is the birthplace of the Blues, it

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    , Doobie Brothers, lyrics by Patrick Simmons

    - William Faulkner

    The Mississippi Delta is known for many things, it is the birthplace of the Blues, it is home to many famous authors, most notably William Faulkner, Eudora Welty, as well as written works about it as in Mark Twain’s

    Throw in the musicians… Muddy Waters, Elvis Presley, Conway Twitty, Tammy Wynette, BB King, John Lee Hooker. It’s a long list. Then there’s the architecture, the bottle trees, and yes, the food. Food so good it takes your mind off the sweltering heat and humidity. And then there’s the voodoo, the signs, the superstitions that abound here, all add an aura that is its own charm.

    August of 1976 was hotter than most, the kind of sweltering heat that leaves your skin sticky with sweat, and sleep elusive. Willet was the oldest at sixteen, Roberta Lynn, who was called ‘Bert’ by everyone but her mother, was fourteen and Pansy, the youngest, was only six, but it was clear to everyone that she was the favourite.

    The quarry wasn’t far from their home, a place that almost everyone referred to as “cursed.” Legends abounded about the quarry, how it was made, what lay at its bottom. Secrets best kept hidden. A place their father had always warned them about, calling it

    and saying that

    They’d heard all the stories about this place, but it offered the only respite from the heat that was available to them. And so, they head there not for the first time on this August day, with Pansy’s first day of school, first grade, starting soon, and their father away on business.

    Pansy floats serenely on her back in the deep water, while Willet swings off ropes with wild splashes until hunger hits, and he grabs Bert and takes her with him to pick some brambleberries, telling Pansy they’d be right back.

    By the time Bert returns, Pansy is gone.

    They now have to confront a life of not knowing, absolutely, what became of Pansy. Their life lived outside the margins already flawed, begins to show signs of, cracking, crumbling underneath the pressure.

    Southern gothic literature is typically a bit gloomy, strange, and always atmospheric. This has all of those elements, plus a very compelling story, a dash of tension and a sense of mystery that slowly unravels.

    A new author for me, but I understand she has a debut novel which I missed, which gives me something new, to me, to look forward to reading.

    Pub Date: 20 Mar 2018

    Many thanks for the ARC provided by Skyhorse Publishing

  • Mary Beth

    On a hot summer day, Bert, Willet, and Pansy went swimming swimming in the quarry in Missippi Delta.

    They were not allowed to swim there since it was known to be cursed. Their father always told them that it was evil, the devil's place. Bert and Willet wander off and when they come back, Pansy has disappeared. Not drowned, not lost... simply gone. Pansy is only 6 years old. They keep looking and hunting for her. They looked years for her. They were Pansy's brother and sister. Their mother died o

    On a hot summer day, Bert, Willet, and Pansy went swimming swimming in the quarry in Missippi Delta.

    They were not allowed to swim there since it was known to be cursed. Their father always told them that it was evil, the devil's place. Bert and Willet wander off and when they come back, Pansy has disappeared. Not drowned, not lost... simply gone. Pansy is only 6 years old. They keep looking and hunting for her. They looked years for her. They were Pansy's brother and sister. Their mother died of a broken heart. They never gave up. Clues come to them, leading them to the remote tip of the Florida Everglades.

    They think this might be the answer to Pansy's mysterious disappearance. But truth like the past is better left alone where it lies.

    The Past is Never is a compelling addition to Southern Gothic fiction. I just love this genre. It deftly weaves together local legends, magical realism, and the search for Pansy. It is an atmospheric haunting story of myths, legends and the good and evil we carry in our hearts. I just loved the atmosphere of this read. It is also dark. This book was so different than I usually read, and it was really needed at the time. Some parts were really intense and heart breaking.

    All the characters were very well done. I loved Bert and Willet. There mother made me so mad, because she didn't take responsibility for anything. You could really tell that she loved Pansy, the best. She always favored her more. I also loved Clementine. I really felt sorry for Bert and Willet, since they had so much guilt. Their mother just made them feel worse.

    I loved the writing style, and I loved the ending. It was so touching. It was beautifully written. I didn't know what to think of it in the beginning, but it got a lot better and turned out to be an excellent read.

    This was a Traveling Sister read and it was a really fun discussion.

    I want to thank Edelweiss, the publisher and Tiffany Quay Tyson for the copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review.

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