Back to Wando Passo: A Novel

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Harper Collins, Oct 6, 2009 - Fiction - 464 pages
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Hailed as "the most gifted American novelist of his generation" (Boston Globe), David Payne introduces us to Ransom Hill, a big-hearted, wild-man lead singer of a legendary indie rock group, who has come to South Carolina determined to save his marriage, his family, and himself. But back at Wando Passo, his wife's inherited family estate, things don't proceed according to plan. There's another man in the picture, and Ran's discovery of a mysterious relic from slave times transports him—and the reader—back into the story of another romantic triangle at Wando Passo that erupted violently at the height of the Civil War. Will the present repeat the past?

Filled with fast-paced adventure, lyrical writing, wicked humor, and unforgettable characters, David Payne's Back to Wando Passo propels the two love stories, linked by place through time, to a simultaneous crescendo of betrayal, revenge, and redemption.

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User Review  - irishiz - LibraryThing

The historical parts of this novel were far more appealing than the present day. The present day part seemed somewhat disjointed but I couldn't wait to see what happened with the characters in the ... Read full review

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User Review  - Amethyst26 - LibraryThing

Back to Wando Passo contained much info historically, which I enjoy always when reading fiction. The back & forth between the present day and past was interesting, but at times did not help with the flow of the piece making the read a little choppy. Read full review

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About the author (2009)

David Payne lives in North Carolina, and is the author of four previous novels: Confessions of a Taoist on Wall Street, which won the prestigious Houghton Mifflin Literary Fellowship Award; Early from the Dance; Ruin Creek; and Gravesend Light. He welcomes comments from readers, and is available to speak with your book club. He can be reached at

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