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SOUTHERN RAPTURE

Adapted from the highly acclaimed stage play of the same title was produced in Hollywood which starred Dwight Yoakam, Sally Kirkland and was directed by Peter Fonda.

Written by

Joseph G. Tidwell III

There are certain penalties and pressures one inherits when born into a Southern upper class family of declining wealth, position and dignity.

Tommy Jo Blain, born and reared of yesterday’s tradition, on Theroux Plantation, has suffered from a vicious circle of silver spoon mania. The youngest of the four sons of Harlon and Alouette Blain, he is the only one to return home while his older brothers graduated from "Ole Miss" and moved on to other places, never to be heard of again.

Raised by a doting mother who passed away leaving her estate in terrible disarray, Tommy Jo returns home to face his uncertain fate, as he now lacks the will to depart the strangling confines of Theroux Plantation.

Uneducated in the art of self-preservation, the youthful strike a vain attempt in any direction to attract attention upon themselves, especially from their father. Tommy Jo's vision becomes even more oblivious to the decay around him as he not only battles with his own inner demons but his ruthless and cruel stepmother, Miss Rogers.

The balance of Tommy Jo's life hangs in the loving compassion of Malachi and Child Sarah, who along with Miss Rogers are the only three occupants of Theroux Plantation.

Set in the early 1960’s on the crumbling remains of a once grand old Southern Plantation, Theroux is located on the outskirts of the lonesome little community of Mercy Springs, Mississippi.

This book is set in the tradition of the great Southern Novels and reveals the deep rooted complexities of life in the Mississippi delta and shows an unusually revealing glimpse into the lives of these lost souls.

This novel is based on the renowned stage play that has been heralded as a Major Southern Gothic work.

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Kudos’ for Tidwell’s
Southern Rapture
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(LA/THEATRE BEAT - Valley Issue)
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A seriously talented writer, Mr. Tidwell
weaves an unforgettable tenderness and
vulnerability into his characters and stories. A
uniquely individual voice, Joseph creates
stunning images with his words. He has shaped
his own deeply moving world - exploring
the inner most sanctum of character in this
small town rural life, placed against a landscape
of tragedy and triumph. Mr. Tidwell’s writing
could be compared to a combination of a
‘Southern Chekhov,’ Horton Foote,
Tennessee Williams and a bit of Faulkner”
for his compassionate warmth and keen
awareness of human frailties. With his skillful
ability, this piece is surely one of Mr. Tidwell’s
crowning achievements on his journey into
the depths of the human soul.

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