A Summons to Memphis is a novel by Peter Talyor published in 1986. The novel centers around the Carvers, a once-wealthy Southern family that lost much of its money in bad investments during the Great Depression. The book focuses on the relationships between the controlling Mr. Carver and his children, who are hurt by their fall from prosperity and never end up marrying. The novel deals with themes of friendship, family, the social and political changes of the South and redemption.