Three Rivers by Tiffany Quay Tyson
Title: Three Rivers
Author: Tiffany Quay Tyson
Publisher: Thomas Dunne
Publication Date: July 21, 2015
Number of Pages: 304
How I Got It: from publisher
Melody Mahaffey, trapped into touring for years with a third-rate Christian pop band she can hardly stand, is almost relieved to receive her mother’s distress call. But when she returns home to care for her dying father and brain-damaged brother at the sprawling, defunct Three Rivers Farm, Melody is shocked to discover that her mother has abandoned the family. Sure that her daughter will do the right thing, Geneva has left to seek spiritual guidance and break things off with her long-time lover.
Rain begins to fall and an epic flood threatens the Mississippi Delta. While Melody tries to get a handle on the chaos at home, a man and his little boy are squatting on her land, escaping their own nightmare. Obi is on the run from a horrific mistake, and he’s intent on keeping his son with him at any cost. When the storm arrives, though, they have no choice but to take shelter in Melody’s house. And the waters just keep rising.
A lifetime of lies, misunderstandings and dark secrets bubble to the surface as the flood destroys the land and threatens their lives. Set against the fertile but dangerous landscape of the rural south near the fictional town of White Forest, Mississippi, Three Rivers beautifully weaves together three parallel stories, told over three days, as each character is propelled headlong into the storm.
Wow. This was a very fast read for me. I loved Melody by page 8 but Obi was my favorite. The buildup of the storm coming moved the story along quickly and made for a beautiful mishmash of thrown together characters. It is pretty amazing to be able to pull off the cast of characters in Three Rivers and not feel like any are unnecessary, but Tiffany Quay Tyson pulls them all together and integrates them seamlessly. An impressive debut that will put this author on my "automatic read" list.
***I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review**