A spellbinding novel of sin and salvation, adultery and revenge in a small Mississippi town…
Once Leona Sayres was a good Southern woman married to the town preacher. But from the day Averill buried her newborn baby girl, Leona has seethed in unspeakable loneliness and rage.
She knows there is only one way to ease her pain. Leona must murder that sensuous man of God, her husband, Averill Sayres.
Suddenly Leona has done the unthinkable. And from out of the silent woods around her parsonage, from the dusty Mississippi hills, come the cries and whispers of her past, of the circumstances that brought her to this time and place: a murderer waiting for justice to arrive.
Reliving a life gone terribly wrong, Leona cannot see that she is only one part of a far more complex drama. For all his lies and secrets, Averill Sayres had secrets beyond her guessing. And for all her talk of loyalty, Leona’s own best friend has played a role in Leona’s fate.
Now Leona cannot stop what she herself has set in motion: a chain of events that will unmask an astounding secret, and change a town and its people forever.
David Hill divides his time between Los Angeles, where he writes for the stage and screen, and Mississippi. His first novel, Sacred Dust, won the Commonwealth Club of California First Work of Fiction Award.
Trust hill, a master of melodrama who deftly employs time shifts and a style at once spare and lurid to unfold this gothic tale. A crazy quilt of a novel, filled with saints and sinners bent on mayhem, southern-style. — Kirkus Reviews
Praise for David Hill’s first novel Sacred Dust
"Excellent…Hill has extraordinary control of his plot…it is almost impossible to keep from reading ahead." — San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle
"A teeming, richly detailed mural of a novel…packed with generous emotion and a breathing history." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A beautifully written novel [that] has the potential to comfortably situate itself among some of the best southern literature classics." — Oxford Eagle (Miss.)
"Fascinating." — The New York Times Book Review
"Powerful and insightful…an engrossing story…Sacred Dust is a book that will stay with you. Its richly drawn characters ring as true as those in history books of the South." — Rocky Mountain News
"There is no better storyteller than David Hill. There is no better book than Butterfly Sunday. In his dazzling illumination of things unseen and things unimagined, David Hill has created an unforgettable cast of characters and an enormously satisfying read. Butterfly Sunday is a major miracle." — Shirlee Taylor Haizlip, author of The Sweeter the Juice