KL, July 14, 2012 (view all comments by KL)
I couldn't put this book down. Not because it was suspenseful or action packed, but because Berendts' writing style is so easygoing. The development of each character is great because it really makes everything so much more realistic. Sometimes weirder things do actually happen in true life. There is no shortage of odd in this book but it's more than that, it's the spirit and the culture of Savannah and it's people that he captures. Totally unique. I have read this book over and over again.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story
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by New York Times Book Review,
"Mr. Berendt's writing is elegant and wickedly funny, and his eye for telling details is superb."
by Kirkus Reviews,
"Stylish, brilliant, hilarious, and coolhearted."
"[A] wonderfully subtle and well-told story....Midnight is a solidly rewarding read."
by Publishers Weekly,
"The Williams trials...are lively matches between dueling attorneys fought with shifting evidence, and they serve as both theme and anchor to Berendt's illuminating and captivating travelogue."
by Edmund White,
"Forceful, clear, gripping, Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil is the best non-fiction novel since In Cold Blood and a lot more entertaining, since Berendt's book has everything going for it — snobbism, ruthless power, voodoo, local color, and a totally evil estheticism. I read it till dawn."
The enormously engaging account of life and death in secluded and hauntingly beautiful Savannah, Georgia, continues to take America by storm.
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Josie is caught between the dream of an elite college and a clandestine underworld. New Orleans lures her in her quest for truth, dangling temptation at every turn, and escalating to the ultimate test.
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