Southernmost by Silas House


“A novel for our time, a courageous and necessary book.” —Jennifer Haigh, author of Heat and Light In this stunning novel about judgment, courage, heartbreak, and change, author Silas House wrestles with the limits of belief and the infinite ways to love. In the aftermath of a flood that washes away much of a small Tennessee town, evangelical preacher Asher Sharp offers shelter to two gay men. In doing so, he starts to see his life anew—a...

Details Southernmost

Release DateJun 5th, 2018
PublisherAlgonquin Books
GenreFiction, Contemporary, Literary Fiction, Lgbt

Reviews Southernmost

  • Diane S ☔
    A flood in Cumberland Tennessee, an Evangelical preacher, husband, father to a nine year old and the arrival of two homosexual males looking for succor, all merge in a moment in which for Asher things will never be the same. A crisis of faith, a hard look at ones beliefs, one actions and an act of desperation will cause Asher to do the unthinkable. Trying to make up for his actions in the past, while holding tightly to the only thing he now has o...
  • Nancy
    At university, I took a course in religion with a professor who was ordained and had studied under Karl Barth. He told me that students come into his class with a naive belief and what he taught shook them for they had never viewed their faith community and beliefs from the 'outside'. And, the professor continued, perhaps they will later return to their church and reaffirm it, this time with a deeper kind of faith.But letting go of what one is ta...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    I received this on #netgalley in exchange for my review. A disgraced evangelical preacher finds his religion and community too angry and judgmental. After a divorce, he kidnaps his son and goes to Key West where he hopes to find his estranged brother. These huge transformations happen quickly without much exploration of the cause. Overall, I found the themes, development, characters and the writing to be overly simplistic and sentimental. 2.5⭐ ...
  • Mary Robinson
    HIGHLY RECOMMEND, with thanks to the author, Silas House, the publisher, Algonquin Books, and for the advanced reader copy.Southernmost is a beautifully crafted and very well written contemporary novel. Asher Sharp is an evangelical preacher, born and raised in Tennessee, where he still lives with his wife and 9 year old son. When the Cumberland River reaches extreme flood levels, their community is ravaged by the waters. He spends ...
  • Pam
    Timely primary topic, but also deals with other timeless conflicts some more in depth than others. It left me wanting to know more about the characters and their lives as a result of Asher's decisions. Wish some of the women characters, especially in Key West, were less predictable, more developed. However, House demonstrates an insightfulunderstanding of the power of home and the ripple effect through generations and society from how and what a ...
  • Nicholas Brown
    Another masterpiece by @silashouse
  • Kayla
    I started Southernmost a few months ago during all of the flooding throughout the US, and I had to stop as it was too difficult and real to read during that time as it starts off with an awful flood. I just picked it up again a few days ago, and it continues on to be a story about Pastor Asher who comes to the realization that the church's beliefs about gay men and women aren't right, and it's not a christian's job to judge others. He's exiled wh...
  • Andrea
    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.The setting: Asher Sharp, an evangelical preacher in a small community along the Cumberland River in Tennessee, faces a crisis of faith, marriage, community, and fatherhood. In the aftermath of a flood he tries to offer shelter to two gay men, setting off a course where his marriage and livelihood come crashing down. A sermon he delivers defending the right of gays to exist with...
  • Janet
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher --- "In Silas House’s moving new novel, a pastor wrestles with a crisis not just of faith but of all the apparent certainties of his life: a crisis of marriage, of community, of fatherhood. This is a novel of painful, finally revelatory awakening, of fierce love and necessary disaster, of the bravery required to escape the ...
  • Katherine
    This book is a tearjerker, but I really liked the way the author handled the multiple topics in the book. Asher Sharp is a good, respectable man. He's a Pentecostal priest in a small Tennessee town, helps his neighbors, takes care of his wife and son, all the stuff you would expect of such a man. However, after a devastating flood, Asher has a sort of crisis of faith. He's no longer the fire and brimstone preacher he once was. When a gay couple s...
  • Mara
    In an editorial in today's Washington Post, E.J. Dionne writes that "[m]any young people [have come] to regard religion as 'judgmental, homophobic, hypocritical and too political.'" Asher Sharp couldn't agree more. He's a Holy Roller pastor who's having a crisis of faith. He's been harboring some long-standing guilt about how he and his mother treated his brother when he came out as gay, and when he's forced to turn away a gay couple seeking shel...
  • Margo Littell
    After a devastating flood in Tennessee, preacher Asher Sharp extends a hand to anyone who needs help--including two gay men. His wife, Lydia, forces the men from their home, and his small-town congregation is no more welcoming when the men try to make a place for themselves in Asher’s church. Disgusted by what he has come to believe is fear and prejudice disguised as faith, he leaves his church, his wife, and the very faith that once led him to...
  • Patricia Baker
    received advance reading copy to read and reviewliked this book..story about doing the right thing and that your church/God can be anywhere. a flood destroys more than houses and families in this book. Asher, the pastor with conservative views, wants to allow a couple of men who practice that "alternative lifestyle" into his church. does not work well for him. soon out of a job and then out of his house. he resorts to kidnapping his son, Justin, ...
  • Maggie Holmes
    This is the first Silas House book I've read. I generally like southern authors for their lyrical language and conflicted characters. This book does not disappoint. Asher, the main character, grows up in a very short time after spending most of his adult life still under the cloud of first his dead mother and then his single-minded wife. The atmosphere of the flood at the beginning of the story echoes the closedness of his life. When he finally e...
  • Angel
    This book does so many things right. The characters are well-developed and authentic, the plot is engaging and perfectly paced, and the message of acceptance and love is so perfect for right now.God bless him, Asher does so many things wrong. He even has questionable intentions sometimes. His growth and redemption are just a joy to read. And Justin! He is his father's heart, the best of Asher incarnate. Can you tell I completely adored him? The s...
  • Viccy
    Asher Sharp is an evangelical pastor in tiny Cumberland Gap TN. A dreadful flood washes away the homes of many of his parishioners. Asher comes to the realization he needs to see his life in a new way and it causes his congregation to turn against him and dismiss him. He kidnaps his son, Justin, and flees to Key West in an effort to find his brother, Luke, who abandoned the family years ago. Luke is gay and Asher could not reconcile this fact wit...
  • Nona
    An absorbing novel of faith, love and the ability to forgive yourself and make amends to others for decisions made in the name of love. One of my favorite paragraphs in the book is Asher speaking to his wife, Lydia “Lydia, listen to me. You’ve gotten belief confused with judgement. We’re not to judge. You’ve let all this judgement from the church take you over. It’s taken the joy out of you.” And Asher’s revelation leads his life in...
  • Jennifer Burchett
    "Southernmost" is a moving story about flawed people living through the pain of injustice, and then trying to live with the consequences of their mistakes. More than that, though, it is a prayerful tribute to the vastness and depth of parental love. It is also an excellent and timely sermon. This is a beautiful roller coaster ride of a book. There are tumultuous moments where you can't turn the pages fast enough; meditative moments ratcheting up ...
  • Micheal
    A beautifully written contemporary novel about acceptance, identity, freedom, fatherhood and love. I can honestly say that I could not put this novel down because of the suspense of what was going to happen next. Each of the characters were simplistic, understanding and mysterious. Great choice for a Summer read! Highly Recommended!#southernmost#silashouse#goodreads#algonquinbooks#bookstagram#lovetoread
  • Melanie
    Silas House’s best work since A Parchment of Leaves. The father-son relationship portrayed here is both poignant and true. Asher is a character I won’t soon forget. I loved the unapologetic use of the Tennessee mountain vernacular. I know Asher and his people well.I am grateful to have received an ARC from a Goodreads giveaway.
  • Marna
    I met Silas House at ALA Midwinter (he wouldn't remember). I heard his voice from a distance as the Exhibition Hall was closing down and was drawn to see who sounded like home. I loved this book partly because he wrote the area so well, and partly because of the compelling story and the appealing and believable characters.
  • Lucy
    Often, Southern writers are not my cup of tea, even though my roots are in the South. In Southernmost, Silas House gets it just right. The language is spot on, the settings become characters, and the characters glow. This is a book I'll want to read again.
  • Nicole Overmoyer
    (review to come the week of publication)
  • Ashley Bird
    Just one more reason to love Silas House’s work. Every single one has been stunning.
  • Rhonda Lomazow
    Beautifully written literary novel.Asher his son the small town characters a book that will stay on your mind.Thanks to Goodreads for copy.
  • Ally Camble
    Thank you, Silas House, for writing this book. It compassionately looks at a hugely controversial, divisive issue – I should say, it looks at the people that are surrounding the issue. The issue is homosexuality. House’s story doesn’t give answers. It just loves the people involved, from the pastor who’s decided all people should be treated well regardless of their orientation to his fearful wife to the gay couple serve as Asher’s catal...
  • Andrea
    The setting: Asher Sharp, an evangelical preacher in a small community along the Cumberland River in Tennessee, faces a crisis of faith, marriage, community, and fatherhood. In the aftermath of a flood he tries to offer shelter to two gay men, setting off a course where his marriage and livelihood come crashing down. A sermon he delivers defending the right of gays to exist without condemnation goes viral. He flees to Key West with his nine-year ...