Ever since her husband Joe died, Velma True’s world has been limited to what she can see while clinging to one of the multicolored threads tied to the porch railing of her home outside Echo, Florida.
When a mysterious stranger appears at her door on her birthday and presents Velma with a special gift, she is rattled by the object’s ability to take her into her memories–a place where Joe still lives, her son Rudy is still young, unaffected by the world’s hardness, and the beginning is closer than the end. As secrets old and new come to light, Velma wonders if it’s possible to be unmoored from the past’s deep roots and find a reason to hope again.
River Jordan is a southerner with a global perspective. She began her writing career as a playwright and spent over ten years with the Loblolly Theatre group, where her original works were produced, including Mama Jewels: Tales from Mullet Creek, Soul, Rhythm and Blues, and Virga.
Ms. Jordan’s first novel, The Gin Girl (Livingston Press, 2003), has garnered such high praise as “This author writes with a hard bitten confidence comparable to Ernest Hemingway. And yet, in the Southern tradition of William Faulkner, she can knit together sentences that can take your breath.”
Kirkus Reviews described her second novel, The Messenger of Magnolia Street, as “a beautifully written atmospheric tale.” It was applauded as “a tale of wonder” by Southern Living, who chose the novel as their Selects feature for March 2006, and described by other reviewers as ” a riveting, magical mystery” and “a remarkable book.”
Her third novel, Saints In Limbo has been painted by some of the finest fiction voices of today as “a lyrical and relentlessly beautiful book,” and “a wise, funny, joyful and deadly serious book, written with a poet’s multilayered sense of metaphor and meter and a page-turning sense of urgency.”
In addition, The Deep, Down, & Dirty South – a southern girl recollects, a collection of short essays, has become a popular must have for everyone who loves River Jordan’s words.
Ms. Jordan teaches and speaks around the country on “The Passion of Story,” and produces and hosts River Jordan Radio on WRFN, Nashville. When not traveling the back roads of America, River lives with her husband Owen Hicks, and their Great Pyrennees lap dog, Titan in Nashville, Tennessee.
She thinks about where stories come from – places and people and moods of the heart while rocking on her front porch. And long after the sun sets over the ridge, she waits for the moon to rise, watches the stars come out, and stares off into the blue-night sky believing with all her might.
Praise for River Jordan
“I always knew that River Jordan was a wellspring of stories; I just never knew they’d be so breathtakingly beautiful. This is a magical novel.”
— Lynne Hinton, author of Friendship Cake and The Arms of God
“…in the Southern tradition of William Faulkner, she can knit together sentences that can take your breath.”
— Florida Today
“She [River] makes you care about the people she writes about, even the ones you might not like, but more than that, she makes you see them. her literary spice rack has everything you need to put together a good book, and this was fun to taste.”
— Rick Bragg, author of All Over but the Shoutin’ and Ava’s Man
“River Jordan writes so beautifully, with such faith and grace and surety, it is entirely possible to believe that she is transcribing for an angel.”
— Joshilyn Jackson, author of Gods in Alabama