Dixie Stuart, Queen of the Southern Romance novel is forty-two, divorced, living in Manhattan, overweight, and the primary-custodial parent to an increasingly rebellious teenaged daughter Candace. Dixie's sister, Vivian, calls from Virginia to beg Dixie to come help with their aging father, Hook Stuart,who is experiencing the onset of dementia. Dixie decides to pack up Candace and their belongings to go back home. She arrives to find the once majestic estate of her childhood in as rapid decline as her dear daddy's mind. When Dixie discovers that her siblings want to commit Hook to a nursing home while they sell off the family land because Hook has invested his last two nickels in raising alpacas and cultivating hemp, Dixie is determined to save both her father and his farm. As The Table Turns introduces us to a bevy of quirky Southern characters, from Dixie's cranky daughter, dramatic sister, flamboyant brother, and demented daddy, to a once secret beau who has Dixie's own bosom heaving, instead of her most infamous character and nagging muse, Mary Nell Dupree.
A rollicky roll through the Shennendoah valley, this journey of coming home brings a rich and poignant reconciliation between mother and daughter, family and home, and a long ago romance that sparked it all.