“Knight’s understated prose gives the book its power, moving slowly, but fully, through the gamut of his characters’ emotions. . . . A fresh, formidable talent.” Mark Luce, BookPage
978-0-8021-4497-3 • $14.00 • Paperback • Aug. 2010
Back in print, Michael Knight’s debut novel, which won the Fellowship of Southern Writers New Writing Award and the Dictionary of Literary Biography’s Best First Novel Award.
After the deaths of his parents, Simon Bell returns to his hometown of Sherwood, Alabama, hoping for a simple, quiet existence. But when he meets Delia Holladay one hot, unmoving summer day, latent needs and desires are suddenly awakened. Delia is young, beautiful, and married. As their emotions deepen, the affair soon slips beyond their control, building to a final reckoning that will leave no one untouched.
Evoking a medley of distinct voices, Divining Rod tells a richly layered tale of adultery, love, and murder, as it follows the arc of one fateful romance to its inevitable and heartbreaking conclusion.