Boston Public Library
Southern Fiction Since Faulkner
Booklists for Adults

Capote, Truman. ANSWERED PRAYERS.
"Goodnight, Mr. and Mrs. America and all the ships at sea--in whatever sea you're sinking." This final, unfinished novel chronicles satiated, yet empty, lives in the fast lane.

Price, Reynolds. BLUE CALHOUN.
Bluford Calhoun's letter to his granddaughter, enumerating his sins and asking forgiveness, forms the framework for this novel. The ramifications of Blue's drinking and womanizing are more dramatic than his solidly middle-class existence would lead one to believe.

McMurtry, Larry. CADILLAC JACK.
A compulsive antique dealer and handsomely listless lover, Jack fill his life with both women and antiques; predictably, the women offer him bigger challenges.

Woods, Stuart. CHIEFS.
Politics, law enforcement, and a changing social order all blend and steep in this story of serial murder in Delano, Georgia, as a succession of police chiefs tries to halt the bloodshed.

Burns, Olive Anne. COLD SASSY TREE.
By watching his grandfather Blakeslee, fourteen-year-old Will learns the lessons of life: love, death, patience, hope, and passion.

Walker, Alice. THE COLOR PURPLE.
Celie's gift of love is expressed even through a pair of pants she makes for her sister: "Every stitch I sew will be a kiss."

Dickey, James. DELIVERANCE.
Geared up to spend a weekend canoeing on a white-water stretch of river, four suburban men are tested both by nature and the strangers they encounter.

Flagg, Fannie. FRIED GREEN TOMATOES AT THE WHISTLE-STOP CAFE.
Virginia Threadgoode imparts bits and pieces of her memories of the heyday of the Whistle
Stop Cafe to her nursing home visitor Evelyn Couch, forming a special bond of friendship between the two women.

Welty, Eudora. LOSING BATTLES.
The Vaughn clan of Banner, Mississippi, gathers for Granny's ninetieth birthday. As they play, eat, and argue, they process the news that Miss Julia, a much-admired teacher, has died.

Warren, Robert Penn. MEET ME IN THE GREEN GLEN.
Once a prosperous farm area, the now shabby Spottwood Valley provides the backdrop of this novel of economic, intellectual, and moral deprivation, which involves three families and their
plunge into the modern world.

Williams, Tennessee. MOISE AND THE WORLD OF REASON.
In the sparse world of artists who are living with minimal material goods, Tennessee Williams paints a story of three people who are able to rely on each other for love.

Godwin, Gail. A MOTHER AND TWO DAUGHTERS.
Three women slide and shift on the changing tides of their relationships.

Gilchrist, Ellen. NET OF JEWELS.
In the South of Stokey Carmichael, Thurgood Marshall, and big Jim Folsom, heroine Rhoda Manning becomes a victim of her father's power and privilege.

Siddons, Anne Rivers. PEACHTREE ROAD.
"...it still was, and is, one of the most beautiful places on earth; to drive into residential North Atlanta in the springtime, or in the bronze and blue of a good October, is to leave the world
and move into pure enchantment."

Conroy, Pat. THE PRINCE OF TIDES.
Tom and Savannah, Savannah and Tom; brother and sister, the bond continues into adulthood. As Tom tries to rescue Savannah, he finds clues to his own unexamined box of shadows.

Humphreys, Josephine. RICH IN LOVE.
"It is a good thing that human beings have hormones to drive them blind into marriage. Otherwise no one in his right mind would do it," declares seventeen-year-old Lucille Odom.

Brown, Rita Mae. RUBYFRUIT JUNGLE.
Raucous, irreverent, and intensely felt, Molly Bolt's identity and sexual explorations are as familiar as "dew-colored Bermuda shorts ... and white, worn-out sneakers."

Yerby, Frank. SPEAK NOW.
Paris during the student riots of 1968 is the setting for this book whose conflicts echo back to the antebellum South.

Burke, James Lee. A STAINED WHITE RADIANCE.
Amid the murky, dark swamps and bayous of Louisiana, police officer Dave Robicheaux searches for justice in a dangerous, tight mesh of relationships involving both friends and family.

Percy, Walker. THE THANATOS SYNDROME.
Dr. Tom More, a rehabilitated drug addict and psychiatrist, returns from prison to Feliciana, Louisiana, to address a larger moral issue in the community.

Compiled by Theresa Francisco, Charlestown Branch, Boston Public Library, 1993