Simmons Jones. Show Me the Way to Go Home. Chapel Hill, N.C.: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1991.

The small town of Milford is home to a number of eccentrics, including a would-be actress; her drunken, estranged husband; their special-needs son; a woman who mentally gives herself titles like “The Foolish Virgin;” her ambitious, cheating husband; and observer and host Ned Trivett. This (often boozy) cast of characters is joined by an enigmatic hustler, a former resident who has returned as an Italian princess, and other visitors, all of whom bring significant changes to the residents lives and relationships.

Although there was a North Carolina community called “Millford” in Vance County in the 1800s, it has since disappeared and the coastal community in this novel is fictional.

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