Creatures of Habit
by Jill McCorkle
What makes Southern writers so good? These deceptively simple animal-titled tales set in North Carolina resonate and entertain, with people in one story migrating without warning to another story, further illuminating character and motivation.
by Kaye Gibbons
In autumn, 1918, at the emotionally strangling confluence of a flu epidemic and rumors of imminent peace, Maureen Ross makes two important discoveries: She is married to an emotionally frozen tyrant, and she is pregnant with his child.
Good Priest's Son
by Reynolds Price
In this heart-wrenching novel, an art conservator returns to his childhood home after being caught in the turmoil of 9/11. From there, he has to learn about reconnecting with the past when the future is obviously so uncertain.
Look Back All the Green Valley
by Fred Chappell
Chappell narrates with his trademark voice, one both poetic and inclusive of the idioms of the Appalachian Mountain region. Fans of Chappell ("Farewell," "I'm Bound to Leave You," "Brighten the Corner Where You Are") will find this an intelligent and rewarding if sentimental closure to the Kirkman cycle.
Lunch at the Piccadilly
by Clyde Edgerton
Respect for his elders, Southern charm, an ear for authentic dialogue, and a great sense of humor are Clyde Edgerton's trademarks. "Lunch at the Piccadilly" is no exception. Lil Olive, lively octogenarian, fetches up at the Rosehaven Convalescent Center after a bad fall, but she is not ready to pack it in. Instead, she befriends several of her peers, plans outings which she executes by stealing a car she insists is hers, and starts laying bets on whether or not Clara removes her glass eye at night
Nowhere Else on Earth
by Josephine Humpheys
Although not a single cannon is fired in Josephine Humphreys's quietly ambitious "Nowhere Else on Earth," the lives of the inhabitants of Scuffletown, a poor Indian settlement on the Lumbee River in North Carolina, are in every way affected by the Civil War. The demand for turpentine, their principal industry, has dwindled to nothing. When they are not fending off or involuntarily "supplying" Union soldiers and marauding gangs, they are hiding their sons from the macks, their hostile Confederate neighbors (pink-faced Scottish farmers with names like McTeer and McLean), who are rounding up Scuffletown boys for forced labor in forts and salt works, from which few return. A different Civil War story.
by Dorothea Benton Frank
The Lowcountry comes back to life when Becca Sims wanders into the beautiful seaside Gallery Valentine hoping to sell some of her watercolors. With vivid, unforgettable characters, dreamy Lowcountry setting and an authentically brazen, compulsively readable Southrthern voice Frank delivers a story of a life transformed.
by Mary Kay Andrews
Landing a catch like Talmadge Evans III got Eloise "Weezie" Foley a jewel of a town house in Savannah's historic district. Divorcing Tal got her exited to the backyard carriage house, where she has launched a spite-fest with Tal's new fiance, the elegant Caroline DeSantos. An unauthorized sneak preview at an antiques sale lands Weezie smack in the middle of magnolia-scented murder, mayhem . . . and more.
by Anne Rivers Siddons
The mystical landscape of oak groves and tidal rivers where dolphins play is home to 12-year-old Emily Parmenter, daughter of a struggling plantation owner whose only claim to success is his line of legendary Boykin hunting spaniels. Emily grieves the death of her cherished older brother while also coming to terms with her mother's desertion.
The Last Girls
by Lee Smith
This novel reunites four college suitemates on a boat tour of the mighty Mississippi. Thirty-five years before, inspired by reading Twain's "Huckleberry Finn" in class, the women floated down the same river on a manmade. The story unfolds through the eyes of each woman as the old friends weave college memories with their own dramas spanning the three decades since graduation.
The Problem with Murmur Lee
by Connie May Fowler
This elegiac novel, chronicling the life and death of idiosyncratic Murmur Lee Harp, showcases Fowler's easy, loose-limbed prose and sympathetic eye for human fallibility. Murmur Lee, 35, owns a popular local rundown bar in a North Florida backwater called Iris Haven and is skilled in the use of potions and spells. the story of this woman's life through the eyes of her motley bunch of friends and through the spirit of Murmur Lee as she looks back at her past life.