Southern Fiction is big. It is longer, wider, and deeper than this blog posting. Recently, Vanity Fair magazine published a two-page photograph of some Southern women authors. They chose: Sheri Joseph, Susan Rebecca White, Karin Slaughter, Amanda Gable, Joshilyn Jackson, Natasha Trethewey, Emily Giffin, Jessica Handler and Kathryn Stockett. According to the magazine these women “write fearlessly about the region’s troubled legacies of race, class, gender and sexuality.”
From my experience as a reader, I have my own list of favorite Southern authors. Mark Childress is the author who reached out and grabbed me with Crazy in Alabama. I have also enjoyed One Mississippi and Georgia Bottoms, his newest book. Crazy in Alabama starts my imaginary shelf of must-read Southern fiction and Kathryn Stockett’s The Help finishes it. In between these two books are more titles that I would recommend: Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman, The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc by Loraine Despres, The Rock Orchard by Paula Wall, Miss Julia Speaks her Mind by Ann B. Ross, The Heaven of Mercury by Brad Watson, Eddie’s Bastard by William Kowalski, The Last Girls by Lee Smith, On Account of Conspicuous Women by Dawn Shamp, Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter: A Novel by Lisa Patton and most recently Sweet Jiminy by Kristin Gore. Enjoy!