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In this sequel to Curing Time, Thomas has returned to look for the daffodils that used to bloom in Walt and Daisy's yard every spring, as they sat underneath the big oak trees sipping cold water just drawn from the well. The day of Thomas' return was a blustery April day in 1990. T.S. Eliot's tortured, cruelest month—the one that could not make up its mind, offering the hopes of gentle days, yet delivering mostly broken promises.
In this page-turning sequel to Curing Time, his breakout novel, Tim Swink picks up the story of Hume Rankin and his family in North Carolina, particularly the idealistic Thomas, in this titillating tale of southern mystery, murder, and manners, proving there is always a cost to going home. Swink firmly lodges himself in the tradition of southern fiction, where nothing is simple, the land is dusty and mud-caked, and issues of race have been and continue to be ever-present, but this tale is also about how family is what matters most, though sometimes even this may make you pay the highest price.”