Paul Theroux’s book, Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads,
published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, is now available
Photographs by Steve McCurry
Paul Theroux and I have been working together since 1984.
We did a book together on Indian railways;
we worked on an assignment together in Costa Rica, and
I visited him at his home in Hawaii.
Deep South is our second book collaboration.
Paul has a keen sense of humor and a sharp wit.
He’s able to cut through the nonsense to find the truth.
“…the vitality of the South lies in the self-awareness of its deeply rooted people.
What made the South an enlightenment for a traveler like me, more interested in conversation than sightseeing,
was the heart and soul of its family narratives — its human wealth.”
– quoted by Bret Lott, Boston Globe
“Ones born today don’t know how it was.”
– Rev. Lyles
“A church in the South is the beating heart of the community,
the social center, the anchor of faith, the beacon of light,
the arena of music, the gathering place, offering hope, counsel,
welfare, warmth, fellowship, melody, harmony, and snacks.”
– Paul Theroux, Deep South
“She wrote like a tortoise,” the Southern historian Wayne Flynt wrote after Ms. Brown’s death,
“sniffing out every nook and cranny of existence, watching and listening as black and white lives
bumped up against each other. When readers from Russia to Reeltown discover her stories,
they find universal meaning there, collisions of prejudices,
grievances, misunderstandings, failures, as well as
triumphs, kindnesses and generosity.”
– New York Times, May 22, 2013
Maps of Paul’s travels during his research for the book during four seasons on back roads