Southern literature (sometimes called the literature of the American South) is defined as American literature about the Southern United States or by writers from this region. Characteristics of Southern literature include a focus on a common Southern history, the significance of family, a sense of community and one’s role within it, a sense of justice, the region's dominant religion (Christianity) and the burdens/rewards religion often brings, issues of racial tension, land and the promise it brings, a sense of social class and place, and the use of the Southern dialect.

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Popular Southern Books

To Kill a Mockingbird
The Help
The Secret Life of Bees
Gone with the Wind
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story
The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
The Sound and the Fury
As I Lay Dying
Their Eyes Were Watching God
The Prince of Tides
Saving CeeCee Honeycutt
Cold Sassy Tree
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Charles Frazier
Charles Frazier Nightwoods
His Favorite Books with Rural Settings: Trek into the wilderness with these recs from the Appalachian native behind Nightwoods, a novel set at an abandoned mountain lodge.
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John was still making comments regarding violent things that he shouldn't, but I hoped he was just being a big mouth. Nobody was going to listen to me anyway.
Sierra D. Waters, Debbie.

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That sinuous southern life, that oblique and slow and complicated old beauty, that warm thick air and blood warm sea, that place of mists and languor and fragrant richness...
Anne Rivers Siddons, Colony

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