"In her evocative novel Goner, Ann Goethe captures the stubborn, unquenchable love engendered by family—a love that endures because her characters dare to embrace difference."                                                                                                                                    -- Lucinda Roy, Author of Lady Moses

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A quarter of a century after her critically acclaimed break out novel, Midnight Lemonade, Goethe returns to the literary scene with Goner.

While her first book followed a woman’s coming of age in the 1960’s and the tug between motherhood and independence, Goner tells a very different story, one that begins in 1941. The narrators seem to be four sisters spinning their family’s history with humor, outrage, and romanticism. As is often true of children, they cannot imagine the secrets grown-ups keep. While her first novel followed the life changes of one woman, Goethe’s second one examines the evolution of a place—South Louisiana from the war years through the death of Dr. King.

Twenty-five years ago a reviewer said that Midnight Lemonade was  “. . . destined to occupy a prominent place in the ranks of the modern Southern novel.” Now Goner has arrived, ready to join the ranks too.  More about Goner...


 

Ann Goethe’s novel Midnight Lemonade was a finalist for the Barnes and Nobel “Discovery Prize.” She is a published playwright; her poems, essays and short stories have appeared in numerous journals and magazines.  She lives in Virginia on a peninsula encircled by the ancient New River. More about the author...