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Growing Up in the South: An Anthology of Modern Southern Literature
by Suzanne W. Jones , Shirley Ann Grau , Ellen Gilchrist , Mary Hood , Carson McCullers , William Hoffman , Maya Angelou , Flannery O'Connor , more…Gail Godwin , Peter Taylor , Anne Moody , Harry Crews , Joan Williams , William Faulkner , Ernest Gaines , Thomas Vincent Sullivan , Richard Wright , Mary Mebane , Katherine Anne Porter , Elizabeth Spencer , Bobbie Ann Mason , Alice Walker , Fred Chappell , Eudora Welty , Michael Malone (Goodreads Author) , Lee Smith …less
Something about the South has inspired the imaginations of an extraordinary number of America's best storytellers - and greatest writers. That quality may be a rich, unequivocal sense of place, a living connection with the past, or the contradictions and passions that endow this region with awesome tragedy. The stories in this superb collection of modern Southern writing a ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published June 1st 1991 by Signet
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I decided a few months ago that it's about time I boned up on my southern authors. I mentioned this to a friend a few weeks ago and he loaned me this book from his college days. Most of the stories were very interesting - the only one I truly felt was a waste of my time was "The Man Who Was Almost a Man." The three that I enjoyed the most were "Fast Love," "The Old Forest," and "Old Mortality." As a matter of fact, I'm going to change my rating from 3 stars to 4 based soley on the merits of thos ...more
I have to admit - I only read half of this book. These were just excerpts from books written by these authors - maybe a chapter or just a story - not even short stories. But even so, I found myself longing to pick up a book with a story I could sink into. It's what I enjoy about reading - losing myself in a good story. These little snatches here and there just didn't hold my interest. I noticed that my daughter-in-law, who gave me the book, quit about halfway through, as well.
This is a truly fantastic anthology with much that a Southerner can relate to. It's so good that I may even force my cute wife to read it. Here is where I first ran into the writings of Eudora Welty among others. Give it a try and if you're not a Southerner, read it to find out what makes us what we are. I promise that it's more than truck pulls and beer.