The Past is Never

WINNER
Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize

WINNER
Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Fiction

WINNER
Mississippi Author Award for Adult Fiction
by the Mississippi Library Association

FINALIST
Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction

“Tyson’s stylistic writing and unique voice bring the reader into the heart of the Mississippi Delta and creates an eerie atmosphere similar to that of William Faulkner’s Sanctuary and William Gay’s Twilight.” —The New Orleans Review of Books


Three Rivers is reminiscent of a Beth Henley play or a Flannery O’Connor story. At its contemporary Southern Gothic best, Three Rivers propels the reader along like the deep, fast currents of the floodwaters Tyson so aptly describes, rushing toward a poignant, cathartic ending.”—The Clarion-Ledger

Three Rivers explores the unknowable relationship between the choices life demands and the permission it doesn’t ask for.”—The Commercial Appeal 


Buy The Past is Never and Three Rivers at your local independent bookseller or online.



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Tiffany Quay Tyson

THE PAST IS NEVER is the winner of the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize, the Mississippi Arts and Letters Award for Fiction, and the Mississippi Author Award for Adult Fiction (selected by the Mississippi Library Association). The novel is shortlisted for the prestigious Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction. This southern gothic novel steeped in local lore was selected as an "Okra Pick" by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. Tyson's debut novel THREE RIVERS was a finalist for both the Colorado Book Award for Literary Fiction and the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Fiction. She was born and raised in Jackson, Mississippi and now lives, writes, and teaches in Denver, Colorado.
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