Familiar Ground (Athenuem, 1984)
A scrawling letter and a yellowed newspaper clipping are taking Jacob Brenner back to Sweetwater, Tennessee. The time has come to confront the truth about that night forty years ago when a gun went off a house caught fire and in the rubble his brother lay dead. Waiting in Sweetwater are secrets of loss and passion, of violence and obsession-and acts of love which are familiar ground for us all.
"Cox can use
her words like blunt instruments-they deliver a knockout blow...we know
we've glimpsed magic that we can't quite explain."