Willie Morris Award for Southern Fiction
Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize
Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Fiction
Mississippi Author Award, Adult Fiction
Praise for The Past is Never
Self magazine recommends The Past is Never as one of its 14 Short Books for Busy People Who Want to Read More.
Southern Living includes The Past is Never in its literary road trip roundup.
“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
“Mesmerizing southern gothic. . . . The author’s skillful storytelling reaches a high mark with this novel.” —The Clarion-Ledger
“Tyson’s novel is a profound entry point toward the region’s many interconnected caves and deep mysteries.” —Entropy Magazine
Praise for Three Rivers
“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
“Tyson…writes with exuberance, confidence, and humor. This is her first novel; it should not be her last.” —Delta Magazine