Pineapple Press, Hardcover, 9781561641772, 480pp.
Publication Date: February 1, 1999
Readers received a refreshing introduction to the Sims and Catts families in Owens first novel, My Brother Michael, narrated by the inimitable Gabriel Catts. Here to tell her side is "Myra Sims," the apex of a love triangle that includes Gabe and his brother, Michael. Myra's fresh perspective will bring new insight to a story of incest, adultery, and hard-won love among the denizens of Magnolia Hill, a Florida Panhandle mill town. We follow Myra from her violent childhood and entrancement with Gabe's snap-eyed genius, through her marriage to the older and more stable Michael, to her breakdown and renewal as she battles the demons from her childhood that haunt all three of them. In the end, you will, as both Gabe and Myra do, love Michael.