Miss Haverly & Miss Cavendish (Paperback)
"A charming tale of two delightful ladies in the twilight of their lives. Come, let us take this rare opportunity to step into their home and discover the wonders of their grand antebellum manor. One should never refuse the chance for afternoon tea and the occasion for potentially spirited, and engaging conversation that most often comes with it. After all, hospitality is one of many facets that make the South truly genteel - to decline such a delightful invitation simply would be rude."
With dark humor, dry wit, tongue-in-cheek nods to queer culture, and a liberal helping of mildew, Michael Congdon sentences the reader to sixty delightfully moribund minutes with two old horrible old women and their nicotine-addicted cat.
The plague of 2020 provided the apt incentive for the series of vivid, Earl Grey-soaked descriptions which combine to create the single hour of decaying Southern Gothic which is Miss Haverly & Miss Cavendish. Artist Marie Gagnon's illustrations enhance this quintessential experience of black mold, dry rot, and imminent doom.
Michael Congdon is slowly and stubbornly working to establish himself as an author of multiple genres. His first publication was the 2005 cookbook, S.O.U.P.S., followed mere fifteen years later with It Is Best to Die In Your Sleep, a collection of essays, short stories, recipes, and pornographic farce.