I love living in New York, but sometimes I need a little fix of Southern comfort. Books are cheaper than airfare, and there is no shortage of nationally acclaimed literature from the South. Of course y’all have all heard of the classics—GONE WITH THE WIND, THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD, TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN, UNCLE TOM’S CABIN, or BELOVED—but the well of amazing and provocative Southern novels runs much deeper. So go pour yourself an ice cold sweet tea, sit back in your rocker, and crack open one of these lesser known novels set below the Mason Dixon line.
After a mysterious double murder brings terror and suspicion to Spencerville, Virginia, a teenage boy and his family must reckon with the past and find out how much forgiveness their hearts can hold.
SILVER SPARROW is a breathtaking story about one man and his two families—one public, the other private—in a middle class neighborhood in 1980s Atlanta. The two teenage daughters of James Witherspoon meet and befriend each other, but only one of them understands their connection.
After reuniting with his childhood sweetheart, Jacob NcNeely is desperate to escape his dead-end life and his cruel father in Cashiers, North Carolina. In a place where blood is thicker than water and hope takes a back seat to fate, Jacob wonders if he can muster the strength to leave.
A starkly beautiful and morally complicated novel set in 1920s rural Alabama, WORK LIKE ANY OTHER is the story of Roscoe T Martin, a prideful electrician sent to prison after his illegal siphoning of the state’s electrical power to use on a family farm leads to an innocent man’s death.
In QUEEN SUGAR, an African American woman from Louisiana unexpectedly inherits 800 acres of sugarcane land in Louisiana. But those who doubt her say that cane farming is a white man’s business and she struggles to keep up with the demands of a declining farm and a family.
In a Post-Katrina Mississippi, a 14-year-old boy is sent to live with his grandmother after having a meltdown during a national quiz contest and becoming an overnight YouTube sensation. Before leaving, Citoyen Coldson is given a strange book about time traveling that may hold the key to the disappearance of a young girl in his grandmother’s town.
Set in the 12 days leading up to Hurricane Katrina’s arrival in Mississippi, a family of motherless children do everything they can to protect and care for each other. SALVAGE THE BONES is a wrenching look at the lonesome, brutal, and restrictive realities of rural poverty.
From a long line of outlaws on Bull Mountain in North Georgia, Clayton Burroughs takes a job as sheriff to distance himself from his family reputation. But when a federal agent shows up to shut down the mountain, a hidden agenda pits brother against brother and could lead Clayton down a dark path of self-destruction.