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Long After We Are Gone: A Novel
Terah Shelton


"A big, beautiful, devastating, and ultimately hopeful novel." — Erica Bauermeister, New York Times bestselling author of No Two Persons

An explosive and emotional story of four siblings—each fighting their own personal battle—who return home in the wake of their father's death in order to save their family's home from being sold out from under them, from the author of One Summer in Savannah.

"Don't let the white man take the house."

These are the last words King Solomon says to his son before he dies. Now all four Solomon siblings must return to North Carolina to save the Kingdom, their ancestral home and 200 acres of land, from a development company, who has their sights set on turning the valuable waterfront property into a luxury resort.

While fighting to save the Kingdom, the siblings must also save themselves from the secrets they've been holding onto. Junior, the oldest son and married to his wife for eleven years, is secretly in love with another man. Second son Mance can't control his temper, which has landed him in prison more than once. CeCe, the oldest daughter and a lawyer in New York City, has embezzled thousands of dollars from her firm's clients. Youngest daughter Tokey wonders why she doesn't seem to fit into this family, which has left an aching hole in her heart that she tries to fill in harmful ways. As the Solomons come together to fight for the Kingdom, each of their façades begins to crumble and collide in unexpected ways.

Told in alternating viewpoints, Long After We Are Gone is a searing portrait on the power of family and letting go of things that no longer serve you, exploring the burden of familial expectations, the detriment of miscommunication, and the lessons and legacies we pass on to our children.


Terah Shelton Harris is a collection development librarian based in Alabama and a freelance writer. She has been published inWomen’s Health, Natural Solutions, Every Day with Rachael Ray, Backpacker, Draft, and Women’s Adventure.


"Explosive and emotionally charged." -- Etaf Rum, New York Times bestselling author of A Woman is No Man and Evil Eye

"A tour de force of history, injustice, and the brutal, beautiful everlasting ties of family." -- Tara Conklin, New York Times bestselling author of The House Girl and The Last Romantics

"Delving into themes of race and generational trauma...offers book clubs plenty to discuss in this emotional novel full of complex characters striving to do the right thing but stumbling along the way." -- Booklist

"A big, beautiful, devastating, and ultimately hopeful novel about family dysfunction and the true cost of heir property. Terah Shelton Harris brings the four Solomon siblings to vibrant life as they struggle to save their family’s ancestral land while battling their own demons." -- Erica Bauermeister, New York Timesbest selling author ofNo Two Persons

"Once again, Terah Shelton Harris proves she is a powerhouse of Southern literature whose unmistakably poignant prose, profound themes and vibrant characters are built to stand the test of time. Long After We Are Gone is a beautifully woven story of familial bonds, generational trauma and the nature of love. Richly evocative, this book will move your soul." -- Quinn Connor, author of Cicadas Sing of Summer Graves

"Terah Shelton Harris's Long After We Are Gone will break your heart, have you standing and cheering, and leave you yearning for just one more day with its cast of richly developed characters. To say that Shelton Harris can capture the depth and complexity of family would be a profound understatement. The novel ripples with the undercurrents of injustice, redemption, and the hundreds of different ways a person can come home. I was, and will remain, moved by this literary journey." -- Lo Patrick, author ofThe Floating Girls

"Powerful and absorbing,Long After We Are Gone explores the effects of generational trauma and the struggle for identity in the midst of expectations. With meticulous pacing, Terah Shelton Harris expertly maneuvers multiple perspectives, immersing the reader in the flawed, yet nuanced lives of the four Solomon siblings. A masterful sophomore novel, Harris has created another engrossing story that will leave readers talking." -- Meagan Church, author of The Last Carolina Girl andThe Girls We Sent Away

[H]  Sourcebooks Landmark  /  May 14, 2024

1.33" H x 9.25" L x 6.25" W 432 pages

[P]  Sourcebooks Landmark  /  May 14, 2024

1.08" H x 8.25" L x 5.5" W 432 pages