About the Book

Second Son: A Novel of the Deep South

Small town sins and secrets can be deadly.

Second Son chronicles a poor southern boy’s journey to manhood during the final years of the Great Depression and the epic panorama of World War II.

In Mississippi, 1938, an eighth-grade education is all young Towanna Whitaker needs to be a sharecropper. Still, he is determined to finish high school and “be somebody”—until vicious rumors, bullying, and public shame drive his mother to abandon the family. It falls to a guilt-ridden Towanna to give up his education and care for the baby girl she leaves behind.

Towanna finds unexpected peace and purpose in caring for his baby sister while his pa and older brother bring in the crops—and great comfort in the presence of Kathy, their neighbor’s daughter, who gives him a taste of what true love is like. But World War II arrives all too soon to tear them apart. Drafted into the army and deployed to Europe, Towanna must face death, loss, and his deepest fears if he’s to survive the War and find his way home.

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See what readers are saying!

“There’s a sense in which I stumbled on this novel. Lately, I’ve been reading a lot of non-fiction, and the title would probably not have made me pick it up. It was recommended and I picked it up. As soon as I started reading, I was engrossed. This novel should be of interest across a wide variety of fiction interests.”

Bob Duckles

“Worth my time to read and see a side of Southern history that could have happened. Uncle Willis would be proud of his niece for finishing his work from so long ago. Good job sis, loved reading about the farm life and a lifestyle from a long time ago.”

Julie Peerson

“As a member of Kathleen’s critique group, I loved this book more and more as it developed. This story is engaging from beginning to end. It deserves to come to the attention of a major publisher.”

Elizabeth Kral

“I’m quite impressed with this writer’s first novel. The historical accuracy lends to the compelling story of a young man growing up in the south during the Great Depression. I’m looking forward to the sequel to Second Son!”

Rick Adelmann

Product details:

  • eBook Publisher: ‎ TouchPoint Press (July 20, 2021)
  • eBook Language: ‎ English
  • eBook File size: ‎ 3630 KB
  • Paperback Publisher: ‎ TouchPoint Press (July 19, 2021)
  • Paperback Language: ‎ English
  • Paperback‏ length: ‎ 337 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 1952816483
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-1952816482
  • Paperback Item Weight: ‎ 1.28 pounds
  • Paperback Dimensions: ‎ 6 x 0.85 x 9 inches

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