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Literature
Southern Fiction


This year marks the 50th anniversary of the classic To Kill a Mockingbird! And what better way to celebrate than with even more great Southern fiction? With a focus on Southern history and heritage, the significance (and trappings) of family, the recurring themes of religion, racial tension, and sense of place — not to mention the distinctive twang of Southern dialect — these novels are as unforgettable as they are distinctive. You'll find the likes of William Faulkner, Flannery O'Connor, and Carson McCullers, plus many more to fill your evenings with mental mint juleps and imaginary cicadas.

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The Secret History
The Secret History
by Donna Tartt
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Truly deserving of the accolade a modern classic, Donna Tartt's novel is a remarkable achievement — both compelling and elegant, dramatic and playful. Under the influence of their charismatic classics professor, a group of clever, eccentric... (read more)

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The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
by Carson McCullers
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With the publication of her first novel, The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter, Carson McCullers, all of twenty-three, became a literary sensation. With its profound sense of moral isolation and its compassionate glimpses into its characters' inner lives, the... (read more)

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In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences
In Cold Blood: A True Account of a Multiple Murder and Its Consequences
by Truman Capote
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On November 15, 1959, in the small town of Holcomb, Kansas, four members of the Clutter family were savagely murdered by blasts from a shotgun held a few inches from their faces. There was no apparent motive for the crime, and there were almost no clues.... (read more)

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The Known World
The Known World
by Edward P. Jones
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In one of the most acclaimed novels in recent memory, Edward P. Jones, two-time National Book Award finalist, tells the story of Henry Townsend, a black farmer and former slave who falls under the tutelage of William Robbins, the most powerful man in... (read more)

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The Moviegoer
The Moviegoer
by Walker Percy
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The dazzling novel, written in 1961, that established Walker Percy as one of the major voices in Southern literature is now available for the first time in Vintage paperback edition. "A brilliant novel. . . . . Percy touches the rim of so many human... (read more)

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Outer Dark
Outer Dark
by Cormac McCarthy
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Outer Dark is a novel at once fabular and starkly evocative, set is an unspecified place in Appalachia, sometime around the turn of the century.  A woman bears her brother's child, a boy; he leaves the baby in the woods and tells her he died... (read more)

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Bastard Out of Carolina
Bastard Out of Carolina
by Dorothy Allison
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Greenville County, South Carolina, a wild, lush place, is home to the Boatwright family—rough-hewn men who drink hard and shoot up each other's trucks, and indomitable women who marry young and age all too quickly. At the heart of this astonishing... (read more)

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A Confederacy of Dunces
A Confederacy of Dunces
by John Kennedy Toole
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When a true genius appears in the world, You may know him by this sign, that the dunces Are all in confederacy against him. Jonathan Swift, "Thoughts on Various Subjects, Moral and Diverting" "A green hunting cap squeezed the top of the fleshy... (read more)

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The Glass Menagerie (New Directions Book)
The Glass Menagerie (New Directions Book)
by Tennessee Williams
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When it opened in Chicago in 1944, The Glass Menageriemarked a turning point in American theater and in the life of its then unknown author. Tennessee Williams’s elegiac masterpiece brought a radical new lyricism to Broadway—and today the... (read more)

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Their Eyes Were Watching God
Their Eyes Were Watching God
by Zora Neale Hurston
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Fair and long-legged, independent and articulate, Janie Crawford sets out to be her own person -- no mean feat for a black woman in the '30s. Janie's quest for identity takes her through three marriages and into a journey back to her roots.... (read more)

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Victory Over Japan
Victory Over Japan
by Ellen Gilchrist
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This collection of 14 short stories won the American Book Award for fiction when it was published and confirmed the author's reputation as one of the preeminent literary talents of her generation. Ellen Gilchrist creates an unforgettable group of... (read more)

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Father and Son
Father and Son
by Larry Brown
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A classic story of good and evil set in the rural American South of 1968.... (read more)

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Honored Guest (04 Edition)
Honored Guest (04 Edition)
by Williams
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With her singular brand of gorgeous dark humor, Joy Williams explores the various ways-comic, tragic, and unnerving—we seek to accommodate diminishment and loss. A masseuse breaks her rich client's wrist bone, a friend visits at the hospital... (read more)

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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story
by John Berendt
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Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty, early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks... (read more)

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The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter
The Collected Stories of Katherine Anne Porter
by Katherine Anne Porter
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Porters reputation as one of americancas most distinguished writers rests chiefly on her superb short stories. This volume includes the collections Flowering Judas; Pale Horse, Pale Rider; and The Leaning Tower as well as four stories not available... (read more)

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The Complete Stories
The Complete Stories
by Flannery O'Connor
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Winner of the National Book Award The publication of this extraordinary volume firmly established Flannery O'Connor's monumental contribution to American fiction. There are thirty-one stories here in all, including twelve that do not appear in the only... (read more)

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In Country (P.S.)
In Country (P.S.)
by Bobbie Ann Mason
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The bestselling novel and deeply affecting story of a young girl's confrontation with the legacy of Vietnam. "A brilliant and moving book . . . a moral tale that entwines public history with private anguish."--"New York Times."... (read more)

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Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
by Fannie Flagg
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Folksy and fresh, endearing and affecting, Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe is the now-classic novel of two women in the 1980s; of gray-headed Mrs. Threadgoode telling her life story to Evelyn, who is in the sad slump of middle age. The tale... (read more)

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The Optimist's Daughter
The Optimist's Daughter
by Eudora Welty
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This story of a young woman's confrontation with death and her past is a poetic study of human relations.... (read more)

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Lark and Termite (Vintage Contemporaries)
Lark and Termite (Vintage Contemporaries)
by Jayne Anne Phillips
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This is the story of 17-year-old Lark and her fierce devotion to her disabled brother, nicknamed Termite. It's also the story of their family: proud Aunt Nonie, who raises them; Robert, Termite's father, killed in the Korean War; and their wayward mother,... (read more)

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