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“Set in Mississippi, this novel tells the story of a foiled young farmer who discovers a body on his property when he is checking out flood damage. His discovery sends him on a paranoid spiral, both comic and tragic. What really makes Kornegay my hero isn’t just that this is his debut—he’s also a fellow independent bookseller. He owns Turnrow out in Mississippi.”— Scott Montgomery, crime fiction coordinator
March '15 Indie Next List
“In his debut novel, Kornegay has confidently announced himself as a writer to watch. Centered around Jay Mize, an idealistic farmer whose luck just keeps breaking bad, the story kicks into high gear when Jay discovers a corpse on his failing farm. Fearing he is being framed by his less progressive neighbors, Jay hides the discovery rather than reporting it. Kornegay expertly heightens the tension, tightening the screws on the increasingly paranoid Jay in a way that makes it impossible for the reader to put the book down. With Soil, Kornegay joins Wiley Cash and Tom Franklin as a strong voice in the world of Southern gothic fiction.”
— Josh Christie, Sherman's Book & Stationary, Bar Harbor, ME
In this darkly comic, "promising debut from an assured new voice in Southern fiction" (Library Journal), an idealistic young farmer moves his family to a Mississippi flood basin, suffers financial ruin--and becomes increasingly paranoid he's being.