River's Edge Media
In the Dark of the Moon
In 1955, Emmitt Till is murdered in Mississippi, an event that drives Elizabeth Lacey—the unwitting architect of another cruel lynching—to madness. Consumed by guilt, Elizabeth takes her own life, leaving her four-year-old daughter in the care of her extended family. Seven years later, the precocious Kansas Lacey is intensely curious about a world she devours through National Geographic magazines and endless questions to the adults around her. When her curiosity extends to the circumstances of her mother’s suicide, the dark history of repression, addiction, and violence surrounding the prominent and respected Lacey family finally emerges.
“Like Hudson’s debut, In a Temple of Trees, this violent epic takes on old Southern racism and white privilege with great distinction . . . This is a splendidly realized novel worthy of Faulkner. Enthusiastically recommended.”
“I like to say that Suzanne Hudson is a female Larry Brown because her writing is always raw, but never gratuitous, always passionate and compassionate, but never sentimental. In the Dark of the Moon will not disappoint.”
—Silas House, author of Clay’s Quilt and A Parchment of Leaves