Joanna Catherine Scott

A sequel to

The Road from Chapel Hill

set in Reconstruction

North Carolina


Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction

finalist 2009


Book Sense/SIBA

Southern Literary Bestseller



"This is a wonderful story."

–– Dew on the Kudzu

“Little details about life after the war add to the fascination.”

—Fayetteville Observer


Raleigh News & Observer:


“After the success of Charles Frazier’s “Cold Mountain” the Civil War and its legacy is difficult material for a North Carolina writer to cover. Scott is well up to the challenge. Her characters are more complex, their motivations conflicted and subtle, as is the new society they must learn to adapt to, or die.

     She looks at the reality of continuing hatred and discrimination, as well as the difficulty of defining loyalty and love.  While there is happiness at the ending of Child of the South, it is as limited and costly as happiness in real life.

     It’s amazing a woman born in London, raised in Australia, can write so authentically about a time and culture not her own. It is perhaps this outsider status that allows her to look with an unflinching eye, one that is both sympathetic and yet incisively honest.”


Roxboro Courier-Times


“Chapel Hill author Joanna Catherine Scott has penned another gripping historical novel. This follow-up to The Road from Chapel Hill offers a heart-breakingly beautiful portrait of race relations and societal changes drawn by Scott’s sure hand. Familiar characters draw the reader in while a fascinating story well-told captures and holds our attention until the last page is turned. Readers are in for a thoughtful, thought-provoking treat.


Salisbury Post


Scott’s gift is in making all these characters seem real, the likable and the despicable. She has soaked up the history of the South and recreates it in a very human story that brings life to a supremely troubled time in a supremely troubled world.”


Pedestal Magazine


Full of rich language, passion, and tension . . . Scott never shies away from addressing post Civil War politics so that we see the great class and race divide that still haunts us to this day. At the same time she also addresses what a family is and how it’s possible to find connections that were once thought forever lost.




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Here is a story filled with accurate details and fascinating historical events that will resonate with 21st-century readers.”

—Romantic Times


“Little details about life after the war

add to the fascination of the story.”—Fayetteville Observer