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Second Son: A Novel of the Deep South

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Reading this book is like traveling back through time. Deserves to be on the list of classic American literature all should read.

I have read and reviewed hundreds of books in my life. As an avid reader and lover of history, I'm particularly drawn to works of historical fiction from the early 20th century. I was pleased to find this book and give it a read. I was not disappointed.


Second Son follows a host of beautiful, flawed characters that immerse the reader into the human struggles of yesterday. The story centers on Towanna Whitaker. He's the second son of a white sharecropper in Mississippi just before the Second World War. His father is old-fashioned and a hard worker, and doesn't quite believe in "book learning" but the son is determined to "be somebody."


Towanna is a sweet, loving boy. He's insecure about his body and his place in the world. Topics like sexual abuse, bullying, infidelity, and betrayal are weaved throughout the story, reminding all of us that some stories play out no matter where the setting may be. Towanna grows into a man as you read of his trials and triumphs, eventually ending up in France as a medic in World War II.


I will put it plainly: It was a wonderful book to read. I would recommend it to all of my friends who love books. It was not until I finished the novel that I learned that the author had lived through this time, in this place, and had written the story using his memories of the time and that his niece had been left the manuscript and turned it into the beautiful novel that is today. I believe that this book could be an American classic. It is a book I will never forget, the characters will live with me for all my years. I feel like I was privileged to be able to get a glimpse of the life these people lived, granting the author, Herman Willis Logan, some small measure of immortality - the words he left behind will continue to touch all who read them. His niece, Kathleen Parrish, has certainly done him proud.

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About the author

Born in Mississippi, Kathleen Parrish is a wife, mother, grandmother, and a gleefully retired nuclear engineer. Like her uncle, she grew up with a determination to succeed and a compulsion to write about the grand scheme of things. Revising his manuscript was a labor of love and a promise kept. view profile

Published on July 20, 2021

Published by Touchpoint Press

100000 words

Contains mild explicit content ⚠️

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