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.

The Nickel Boys
Never Have I Ever
The Book Charmer (Dove Pond, #1)
The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt
Stay and Fight
A Highlander Walks into a Bar (Highland, Georgia, #1)
The Undertaker's Assistant
Midnight at the Blackbird Café
The Shameless (Quinn Colson, #9)
The Summer Guests
The Favorite Daughter
The Gone Dead
Wild and Crooked
Call Your Daughter Home
In West Mills
Winter Cottage
Never Have I Ever
Queen Bee
The Sometimes Sisters
Sunset Beach
The Magnolia Inn
The Hideaway
Cold Waters (Normal, Alabama #1)
The Barefoot Summer
Magnolia Nights
When We Were Worthy
The Summer Guests
The Lullaby Sky
Small Town Rumors
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeLowcountry Boil by Susan M. BoyerThe Help by Kathryn StockettBootlegger's Daughter by Margaret MaronThe Neon Rain by James Lee Burke
Best Southern Mysteries
204 books — 100 voters
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeThe Sound and the Fury by William FaulknerIn Cold Blood by Truman CapoteAs I Lay Dying by William FaulknerMidnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
Best Southern Gothic Literature
219 books — 415 voters

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeGone with the Wind by Margaret MitchellFried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie FlaggThe Help by Kathryn StockettThe Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Great Books of Southern Fiction
298 books — 408 voters
The Raven Boys by Maggie StiefvaterThe Dream Thieves by Maggie StiefvaterThe Casquette Girls by Alys ArdenCompulsion by Martina BooneBeautiful Creatures by Kami Garcia
Southern Paranormal YAs
95 books — 103 voters

Daddy's Game by Normandie AllemanDaddy Morebucks by Normandie AllemanSilent We Stood by Henry ChappellThe Dime by Kathleen KentBetrayal in Dallas by Mark North
Books Set In Dallas
30 books — 26 voters
Gone with the Wind by Margaret MitchellTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper LeeThe Abolitionist's Daughter by Diane C. McPhailThe Color Purple by Alice WalkerThe Help by Kathryn Stockett
Historical Fiction - The American South
187 books — 31 voters

To Kill a Mockingbird (To Kill a Mockingbird, #1)
The Help
The Secret Life of Bees
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe
Gone with the Wind
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter
The Sound and the Fury
As I Lay Dying
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood
Their Eyes Were Watching God
Where the Crawdads Sing
The Prince of Tides
Cold Sassy Tree

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