5 Things You Should Know About the Title of My First Novel, Every Boat Turns South

Five Things You Should Know
5 Things You Should Know is one of Literarily Speaking’s newest feature.  Here we find out five things about our favorite books right out of the author’s mouth.  Today’s guest is J.P. White, author of the mystery novel, Every Boat Turns South .


Every Boat Turns South5 Things You Should Know About the Title of My First Novel, EVERY BOAT TURNS SOUTH

by J.P. White

1. South is direction we all find sooner or later. Things go wrong. Things don’t work out. Life turns south, no matter how much design we create.
2. Matt Younger, the protagonist of my novel, is hired to deliver a boat south from West Palm Beach to St Thomas in the British Virgin Islands.
3. Matt’s own life went south, literally and figuratively,
years ago and now he has returned north to make a
confession to his dying father, but in his dreams, he wants to head south again.
4. The sunny side of the street is always on the the south side. As a direction, we believe in our heart of hearts that if we head south, we will warm up and the cold parts of our lives will get revived. In my story, that doesn’t happen in quite the same way.
5. As the body wears out and dies, it too heads south.

J.P. WhiteJ.P. White has published essays, fiction, reviews, interviews and poetry in over a hundred publications including The Nation, The New Republic, The Los Angeles Times Magazine, The Gettysburg Review, APR, and Poetry (Chicago). His fifth book of poems, All Good Water, from Holy Cow! Press comes out in September, 2010. The
Permanent Press published his debut novel, EVERY BOAT TURNS SOUTH in the fall of 2009.

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