Amidst This Fading Light
BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED SOUTHERN GOTHIC TALE
A shocking tragedy follows an unstable family to a foothill town mired in tradition and hearsay, and challenges the bucolic hamlet’s unwritten code. Once the Pickett family’s demons unmask themselves to the citizens of Germantown, the isolated Piedmont villagers are forced to navigate the brutal upshots of violence and trauma. Collectively, they must face hard lessons about the traumatic unpredictability of life and death that shakes it to the core. Set against the backdrop of the Great Depression, Davis’s riveting historical fiction captures the timeless ripples of adversity that enshroud the human experience. The winner of the 2017 Southern Fried Karma novel contest provides a penetrating mosaic of one community’s struggle to cope with the unimaginable.
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A beautifully connected collection portraying the wounds infesting a town during and after tragedy. Davis brings insights into the minds of everyday people coping with loss and devastation while adding a healthy helping of southern flair. Highly recommend this work.
– Colton and Alyssa Lindsey
Rebecca Davis writes with a journalist’s detail, a historian’s wisdom, and a photographer’s understanding of shadows. Above all, she is a natural storyteller, evident on every page of her graceful debut. Amidst This Fading Light answers the question few mysteries ever ask: Who do we become in the wake of tragedy?
– James Tate Hill, Author of Academy Gothic
Amidst This Fading Light is a gripping and beautiful novel. Davis resurrects a long ago North Carolina story of the Christmas Day murders of 1929, bringing humanity and authenticity to each of her characters, including the murderer.