Swan Author:Frances Mayes The Masons are a prominent but now fragmented family who have lived for generations in Swan, an edenic, hidebound small town in Georgia. As Swan opens, a bizarre crime pulls Ginger Mason home from her life as an archeologist in Italy: The body of her mother, Catherine, a suicide nineteen years before, has been mysteriously exhumed. Reunited on n... more »ew terms with her troubled, isolated brother J.J., who has never ventured far from Swan, the Mason children grapple with the profound effects of their mother's life and death on their own lives. When a new explanation for Catherine?s death emerges, and other closely guarded family secrets rise to the surface as well, Ginger and J.J. are confronted with startling truths about their family, a particular ordeal in a family and a town that wants to keep the past buried.« less
If you're looking for a mystery like you'll find from Kellerman or Patterson, this isn't the book for you. The style seems to fit the southern theme: the book wanders and meanders slowly to the point like some lazy river. This was a book I kept wishing I could read more quickly so I could be done with it and move on to something else.