New Moon Rising Author:Eugenia Price In her second novel, the author of The Beloved Invader takes you once again to St. Simons, the enchanting Georgia sea island that was the setting for her first...this time to tell the story of an honorable man in conflict with his society. — Horace Gould, the younger son in a family of planters, reaches manhood in the troubled decade before the C... more »ivil War. As the book opens, he is returning to his beloved island, having just been dismissed from Yale for participating in student protests.
But at a time and in a place where enslavement of the black man is accepted as natural and necessary, Horace finds that he no longer fits in. His restlessness (which he cannot express to his family) mounts until he is compelled to give up the way of life he loves for a painful self-imposed exile. The story then unfolds on a double screen as Horace tries to work out his destiny far from home-and the island, along with the rest of the South, moves inexorably toward the point of no return.
Thus, after Horace finally goes back to St Simons hoping to mend the torn fabric of his life, he is trapped in the debacle of war. Four ears later, at the end of the conflict that rent a nation, he again stands on the threshold of a new beginning.
The story of Horace, his family, his white and black friends, and his enchanting wife, Deborah, is true...not happy in the trite sense of the word, but full of humanity, warmth, and a joy that transcends adversity.« less