"Tallahatchie by Rick DeStefanis is the first book in a Southern fiction series. 'Jack knew he was a fool' is the way the protagonist is described in the opening lines of the story and his uncle had warned him that he was doing something foolish. The love of his life has just left him, thinking he has had an affair with another woman, and to help her move on, he leaves everything behind and moves to Mississippi Delta where he takes on a job as a factory manager. Rash decisions have consequences and can Jack Hartman face the consequences of his own choices?
Tallahatchie is a well-crafted story with a great storyline and a wonderful setting. I enjoyed the great cast of solid characters and it is interesting to see how the author explores the psychological workings of the mind of the protagonist. I was literally transported into a new world and into the heart of the protagonist. The characters are very real, and they are expertly designed to fit into a setting and a culture that reflects the spirit and values of the South.
The writing will seduce readers and keep them reading, laughing at the numerous humorous moments in the story and feeling the heartache of the characters at times. It is very rare for an author to write about ordinary characters and do so in a way that is satisfactory to readers, but Rick DeStefanis has successfully crafted a story that showcases social values, explores the joys and perils of the common factory worker, with powerful themes like friendship, love, family, racism, and the dignity of work. This story is as entertaining as it is inspiring."—Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
“Tallahatchie is… a series of delightful surprises and laugh-out-loud moments, with just enough sentimental touches and shocking realities of life in the Mississippi Delta to leave me wondering if this writer has any limits….” —Carol Carlson
“[Tallahatchie] is funny, satirical, and sometimes poignant.”—J. Hawthorne
A hopeless idealist, Jack plunges into saving the factory and the hundreds of jobs that depend on it—jobs hard to come by in the Delta. As he struggles to gain the respect of the factory’s quirky and unpredictable employees, he also hopes to help Cici regain her health. But will his plans to help Cici squash any hope he has of someday reuniting with the love of his life, Acey Kimmons? Jack’s quixotic journey teaches him as much about himself and the human condition as it does about life in the rural Delta. Southern fiction and dark comedy at its best, Tallahatchie is a story that is as hilarious as it is tragic.