South of Reason

Cindy Eppes (Author)


Everybody wondered why the Sanders family had come back to Rosalita, Texas, and moved in next door to Lou Jean Perry. It was apparently the absolute last place they should want to be, though thirteen-year-old Kayla Sanders had no idea why. As the summer heat intensified, Kayla's brittle mother's motives for moving next to bright-spirited Lou Jean would become clear, but not before Kayla discovers that passion listens not to the mind's reason but to the heart's demands. Writing with poignant intensity, Cindy Eppes draws on her Southern roots in a coming-of-age story told by a narrator straight out of Eudora Welty, yet indelibly stamped with a distinctive, contemporary style.

Product Details

Washington Square Press
Publish Date
February 01, 2003
5.32 X 0.8 X 8.26 inches | 0.58 pounds
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About the Author

Cindy Eppes grew up as part of a ranching family in the mesquite country along the Rio Grande. She teaches eighth-grade Spanish and operates a small architectural cast-iron business. Eppes lives with her husband in Fairfield, Texas, where she is at work on a new novel.


Dallas News A charming, beautifully written and altogether atypical first novel....Cindy Eppes writes with the deceptive, gorgeous simplicity of a blossoming Elizabeth Berg or Alice Hoffman.
Richard Russo Author of Nobody's Fool and Empire Falls Cindy Eppes is a born storyteller. South of Reason skillfully renders the violent collision of two worlds: one adolescent, the other adult. In Kayla, she's given us a character both vividly memorable and painfully true.
Publishers Weekly Impressive....Eppes's tale is unassuming and complex in its execution, full of rich, authentic details; colorful and often surprising metaphors; and expertly imagined characters....This finely crafted debut marks Eppes as a writer worth watching.