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Reviewed by Tammy Ruggles for Readers' Favorite
Weeper by Greg Morgan is a historical novel that will haunt you. Set against the violent backdrop of the Civil War, there are mysterious customs and professions surrounding death that most have long forgotten or know nothing about. The author leads you into the shadow world hidden just behind the veil of polite society and morbid secrecy. You'll find yourself in a time where unwanted pregnancy could bring shame to a family or tarnish a business. Such is the situation of Augustus, who was given away at birth to grow up as the "twin" in another family. But his birth mother didn't want to forget him, and she always wanted him, even going so far as to watch him from a distance over the years. Will he and his biological mother ever cross paths? If so, what will they say? What will they do?
There are a lot of novels based in the Civil War era, and most accurately depict the atrocities of war, but none are as different and inviting as Weeper. Greg Morgan's work is solid, and most of the ideas, plot, and characters all seem to float around the subject of death somehow as if death's pall hovers over the whole novel. You can't escape the subject. Death runs throughout the pages. This novel has great pacing and a sense of atmosphere and purpose, and there are a few lighter moments too. Morgan knows what he's doing, and he executes his ideas faithfully. If you like moody books that stay with you, Weeper by Greg Morgan should be the next one you buy.