A fascinating drama... the atmosphere is superbly managed; and on every score, this is a first-rate job of story-telling. Philadelphia Inquirer Shelby Footes magnificently orchestrated novel anticipates much of the subject matter of his monumental Civil War trilogy, rendering the clash between North and South with a violence all the more shocking for its intimacy. Love in a Dry Season describes an erotic and economic triangle, in which two wealthy and fantastically unhappy Mississippi families the Barcrofts and the Carrutherses are joined by an open-faced fortune hunter from the North, a man whose ruthlessness is matched only by his inability to understand the people he tries to exploit and his fatal incomprehension of the passions he so casually ignites.
Combining a flawless sense of place with a Faulknerian command of the grotesque, Footes novel turns a small cotton town into a sexual battleground as fatal as Vicksburg or Shiloh and one where strategy is no match for instinct and tradition. A magnificently orchestrated novel of two Depression-era Mississippi families which is as modern as todays newpaper, as old as Mosaic law The New York Times and renders the clash between North and South with a violence all the more shocking for its intimacy.