“Booth provides some keen insights into the music and record-making industry, and effectively exemplifies the roller-coaster rancor or camaraderie that typifies inter-group mood swings and personality clashes. It's also nice to have a rock figure-even a fictional one-who can quote Keats as well as Costello.”
Michael Lund, author Growing Up On Route 66
Today’s South is suffering an identity crisis. Jim Booth’s The New Southern Gentleman takes the cultural confusion, the anachronism that is the New South, and, with tongue firmly in cheek, describes the region’s dwindling pseudo-aristocratic heritage and exposes it—revealing an underlying mis-perception of its own good intentions and high sense of moral purpose.
"In a deft series of interconnected stories, Morte d'Eden weaves a bittersweet chronicle of small-town Southern life three decades ago. Against a background of sexual exploration, racial division, and conflict between the young and the old, narrator Charlie Beagle and his buddies search for love and meaning on their way from high school toward college. A convincing record of one generation."