Do the recent natural disasters in the Southern United States cause you want to learn more about this region? There's a trove of fiction set all over the South, which can help supersede your stale Gone with the Wind imagery of this very culturally rich region of America.
One Mississippi by Mark Childress
A gifted chronicler of small-town life, Childress explores the friendship of two young outsiders and a strange twist of character events surrounding the prom queen.
The Fixer Upper by Mary Kay Andrews
Known as much for her Southern recipes in her fiction, Andrews' heroine flips a recently inherited family home in Georgia, undergoes renovation, meets the locals, and finds romance.
Can't Wait to Get to Heaven by Fannie Flagg
Strange things begin to happen when Mrs. Shimfissle, an 80-year-old woman, falls out of a fig tree in her own front yard. A novel about one woman’s offbeat experiences in the hereafter.
Miss Julia series by Ann B. Ross
Join fiery Miss Julia Springer on her 12 adventures, beginning with Miss Julia Speaks her Mind, and never stop laughing.
A Good Man is Hard to Find, and Other Stories by Flannery O'Connor
These Southern Gothic stories rely on memorable regional settings and freakish characters to examine morality and ethics.
The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner
Faulkner employs a number of narrative styles in this story about a family of former Southern aristocrats dealing with financial ruin and the loss of their reputation.
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story by John Berendt
A spellbinding murder mystery set in Savannah filled with many true-life Southern characters, history and celebrities.
Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War by Tony Horwitz
The author joins Civil War buffs as they reenact historic battles in this exploration of the conflict’s continuing influence on Southern life.