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A Family's Affairs

A Novel

Voices of the South

456 pages / 5.50 x 8.50 inches / no illustrations


This title is out of print.

This rich, leisurely tale chronicles the lives of three generations in the family of Kate Anderson, a young, genteel southern widow residing in the small Mississippi town of Homochitto. An intimate examination of the significance of family, this novel, Douglas’ first, is a statement of how people survive crises not only through their own courage but through the support of those who cannot turn away from them.

The layers of birth, childhood, courtship, marriage, illness, and death—seen through the gradually maturing eyes of Anna, Kate’s granddaughter—reveal the tapestry of shared experiences, joys, and sorrows that bond a family and create the texture of life. 

Ellen Douglas was born in Natchez, Mississippi, and grew up in small towns in Mississippi, Louisiana, and Arkansas. She is the author of six novels, including Apostles of Light, which was nominated for the National Book Award; a book of short stories; and a collection of fairy tales. She lives in Jackson, Mississippi.

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