Killer Nashville Book of the Day / “Southern Crosses: An African Ghost Story” by D.A. Winstead

Today’s featured book is Southern Crosses: An African Ghost Story by D.A. Winstead.

"Southern Crosses:  An African Ghost Story" by D.A. Winstead

“Southern Crosses: An African Ghost Story” by D.A. Winstead

Why I chose this book:

From the moment I started reading the first page, I was pulled in. Southern Crosses: An African Ghost Story has all the makings of a hero’s journey. A character goes away to some foreign place (in this case Africa) only to come back changed. In this story of several women woven together by the arrival of an outsider, Winstead creates a canopy of pain, repressed hurts, and redemption. I love the lore of Africa and the elements of native mysticism; they pull me into a history of an area for which I know very little. From prejudice in America to prejudice in South Africa, this is a well-done literary work and one that will make you think.

From Amazon:

“Now, fifty years later, Sarah Johnson is the epitome of success in the American Foreign Service. She is a successful, smart, black female who seemingly has the world at her fingertips. But she is still empty inside and unsure why.

Sarah’s internal search for reason and faith in a hard and cold institution begins by reading an old endearing novel on a long late-night flight that leads to Africa where two similar strong-soul, but worn-down women await her. Her alliance begins there, a place where she chooses to be kind to strangers and yet brutal and bitter to that hard and cold institution that made her.

In South Africa, Sarah is placed in her first real battle between good and evil, right and wrong, revenge and forgiveness as she and her allies set out to protect a poor South African family that almost lost it all after Sharpeville. Her journey into post-apartheid life in South Africa – mixed with ancient bush rituals, religious fervor and a ghost named Mary Margaret – will leave her forever changed and on to her next journey, on that long road back home to rural North Carolina, where reason and hope have always resided.

We all have our own unique ways of finding reason and hope, a new beginning, and the southern cross that shows us the way home.

‘The judgment of the Lord is sweeter than honey and the dropping of the honeycomb.’ Psalms 19:10”

If you want to make your own comments on this selection, we would love to hear from you. Join ourFacebook Killer Nashville group page or our blog and join in the discussion.

Remember that these books are listed at a discount through Amazon. You also don’t have to purchase the version that is featured here. Many of these books are available in multiple formats: e–book, hardcover, softcover, and audio. Enjoy!

– Clay Stafford, Founder of Killer Nashville


About Clay Stafford

Clay Stafford is an author / filmmaker ( and founder of Killer Nashville ( As a writer himself, he has over 1.5 million copies of his own books in print in over 14 languages. Stafford’s latest projects are the feature documentary “One of the Miracles” ( and the music CD “XO” ( A champion of writers, Publishers Weekly has identified Stafford as playing “an essential role in defining which books become bestsellers” throughout “the nation’s book culture.” (PW 6/10/13)
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