Quirky Southern Fiction

Books that are inspirational, as well as filled with humor, romance, and a light tone make up quirky Southern fiction.
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958 books · 1,968 voters · list created September 2nd, 2010 by Alice (votes) .
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message 1: by Nora (new)

Nora No Secret Life of Bees? D:


message 2: by [deleted user] (new)

Nora wrote: "No Secret Life of Bees? D:"

I added it plus my very favorite.


message 3: by Eddie (new)

Eddie Whitlock I'm plugging the book I wrote, so I apologize in advance. It's EVIL IS ALWAYS HUMAN. It's not a feel-good book, like most on this list. It's pretty dark. But it's very Southern and I think some of you might like it.


message 4: by Shannon (new)

Shannon "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" by John Berendt is actually non-fiction. Having said that, I actually read the whole thing thinking it was fiction before realizing it's a true story....wouldn't argue with it being on this list since it definitely reads like fiction.


message 5: by Sheila (new)

Sheila Any book you read by Dorothy Benton Frank is fabulous if you are southern born and bred! We love our lives in print!! So can relate to all of her books.


message 6: by Michele (new)

Michele Edgar Sawtelle and the Red Tent qualify as "quirky Southern"?? Come on!


message 7: by [deleted user] (new)

Michele wrote: "Edgar Sawtelle and the Red Tent qualify as "quirky Southern"?? Come on!"

I agree! would someone please remove them? I was very annoyed to see Edgar Sawtelle.


message 8: by Jill (last edited Mar 13, 2013 01:27PM) (new)

Jill I am confused by this list...
"Pride & Prejudice? To Kill a Mockingbird? Black & Blue?" These are not quirky southern.

I also agree that "The Red Tent" should be taken off. I don't know about "Edgar Sawtelle", I didn't want to finish it.


message 9: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie I love this list. There are several of my favorites on here. how about The Last Girls by Lee Smith?


message 10: by Stephanie (new)

Stephanie Spoke too soon. I see it!


message 11: by Andréa (new)

Andréa Jill wrote: "I am confused by this list...
"Pride & Prejudice? To Kill a Mockingbird? Black & Blue?" These are not quirky southern.

I also agree that "The Red Tent" should be taken off. I don't know about "Ed..."


Definitely agree about "Pride & Prejudice." "To Kill a Mockingbird" might be Southern, at least, but it doesn't really fit the list's description for quirky Southern fiction, either.


message 12: by Yvonne (new)

Yvonne Newcomb-doty ~☆ Alice☆~ wrote: "Michele wrote: "Edgar Sawtelle and the Red Tent qualify as "quirky Southern"?? Come on!"

I agree! would someone please remove them? I was very annoyed to see Edgar Sawtelle."


I couldn't agree more. I saw Red Tent and went maybe Southern Israel, ha.


message 13: by Nyssa (new)

Nyssa There is nothing "Quirky" about The Color Purple!


message 14: by Pedro (new)

Pedro Luna Very good!


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message 16: by Grey (new)

Grey Smith Flirting Threesome
A good Book, even it was meaning full for me. I recommend it.


message 17: by Jeannie (new)

Jeannie Hudson Good for you. Your book sounds interesting and I want to read it. "Eddie wrote: "I'm plugging the book I wrote, so I apologize in advance. It's EVIL IS ALWAYS HUMAN. It's not a feel-good book, like most on this list. It's pretty dark. But it's very Southern an..."

Jeannie HudsonJeannie Hudson


message 18: by Lola (new)

Lola How on Earth is Pride and Prejudice quirky Southern fiction?


message 19: by Becky (new)

Becky No As I Lay Dying? How can I add that one?


message 20: by Andréa (new)

Andréa Becky wrote: "No As I Lay Dying? How can I add that one?"

You click on the tab that says "Add books to this list." Then you can select a book from your shelves or search the site for a book to add it to the list.


message 21: by Andréa (new)

Andréa Lola wrote: "How on Earth is Pride and Prejudice quirky Southern fiction?"

Seems like everyone is in agreement that it's not, but I imagine most people are wary of removing books from a subjective list created by someone else.


message 22: by Sharanja (new)

Sharanja How on earth is The Color Purple quirky?I mean, the book starts off with the underage main character giving birth to her abusive step-father's baby.


message 23: by Becky (new)

Becky Andréa wrote: "Becky wrote: "No As I Lay Dying? How can I add that one?"

You click on the tab that says "Add books to this list." Then you can select a book from your shelves or search the site for a book to add..."


I figured it out and added it. I think that just about everything by William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams could be considered Quirky Southern Fiction. Flannery O'Conner too.


message 24: by Rebekah (new)

Rebekah What about Carlos Ruiz Zafron, Tana French and Shel Silverstein's books for kids? Spain and Ireland aren't even in the US much less the South!

I'm going to add Eudora Welty and Flannery O'connor though. Quirky classics Why I Live at the P.O. and A Good Man Is Hard To Find


message 25: by Rebekah (new)

Rebekah Andréa wrote: "Jill wrote: "I am confused by this list...
"Pride & Prejudice? To Kill a Mockingbird? Black & Blue?" These are not quirky southern.

I also agree that "The Red Tent" should be taken off. I don't k..."


I disagree about To Kill a Mockingbird. Scout and her family are quirky not to mention Boo. Not many kids in the South call their parents Atticus or any first name. Her exploits are also some to smile at.


message 26: by Rebekah (new)

Rebekah MArk Twain?


message 27: by Nyssa (new)

Nyssa Sharanja wrote: "How on earth is The Color Purple quirky?I mean, the book starts off with the underage main character giving birth to her abusive step-father's baby."

Exactly!!! The Color Purple is in no way "Quirky".


message 28: by Andréa (new)

Andréa Rebekah wrote: "I disagree about To Kill a Mockingbird. Scout and her family are quirky not to mention Boo. Not many kids in the South call their parents Atticus or any first name. Her exploits are also some to smile at."

I do think To Kill a Mockingbird is quirky to a degree, but this list defines quirky Southern fiction as "Books that are inspirational, as well as filled with humor, romance, and a light tone." I don't think To Kill a Mockingbird fits that criteria; while it may have some humor, it's not exactly filled with humor, let alone romance.


message 29: by Marshall (new)

Marshall Strong Why is Pride and Prejudice on this?


message 30: by Richard (new)

Richard Marshall wrote: "Why is Pride and Prejudice on this?"

I found it on twice, as well as Wuthering Heights!


message 31: by Lobstergirl (new)

Lobstergirl Deleted a ton of stuff that did not belong. Shakespeare...Van Gogh's Letters....lots of nonfiction....stuff set in the North....


message 32: by Avaminn (last edited Oct 15, 2014 02:52PM) (new)

Avaminn F'nett The Hunger Games Catching Fire, and Mockingjay should be removed. They are not set in the South. Same with Moon over Manifest, which is set in Kansas.

Also, some of the John Grisham books.


message 33: by David (last edited Mar 20, 2015 06:52AM) (new)

David Aultman I think this the other end of the spectrum, surely my book is not "literature" but "quirky"? Hmmmmm, definitely both Southern and fiction, you decide: http://www.amazon.com/Delta-View-Davi...David Allen AultmanDelta View


message 34: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Do all of those John Grisham books belong in "Quirky Southern Fiction"?


message 35: by Robyn (new)

Robyn Hunger Games are not set in the South.


message 36: by Robyn (new)

Robyn Andréa wrote: "Lola wrote: "How on Earth is Pride and Prejudice quirky Southern fiction?"

Seems like everyone is in agreement that it's not, but I imagine most people are wary of removing books from a subjective..."


Is there a way to remove them?


message 37: by Andréa (new)

Andréa Robyn wrote: "Is there a way to remove them?"

Yes. Librarians can go into the list and remove specific books. For subjective lists, I prefer to leave those decisions up to the list creator, but if another librarian wants to tackle it, they're welcome to.


message 38: by Booklovinglady (last edited Jan 25, 2017 03:27AM) (new)

Booklovinglady Didn't want to remove it, but The Shadow of the Wind (#130)? The author is Spanish and the story is set in Spain, as far as I know.


message 39: by Donna (last edited Oct 30, 2017 11:53PM) (new)

Donna Davis The system found and removed 2 duplicates.

Removed for being nonfiction: I Talk Slower than I Think
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...

Also out of genre, removed from #84, The Hunger Games:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...
And its sequel, Catching Fire, #102:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8...
And #3 in the series, #115 (sigh):
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/8...


message 40: by Donna (last edited Oct 31, 2017 09:59PM) (new)

Donna Davis Ousted from p.3, nonfiction Southern wedding planning advice book:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

Also p.3, Suck Your Stomach In and Put Some Colors On:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/2...

P.4, Children's poetry, The Missing Piece:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3...

From p.2, Shopgirl, which is set in Beverly Hills:
https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...


message 41: by Donna (last edited Feb 12, 2018 12:09AM) (new)

Donna Davis Removed as nonfiction: #78 We're Just Like You, Only Prettier https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/1...

Several people have mentioned that The Color Purple doesn't fit the criteria of lightness and romance, what with their being almost endless domestic abuse, rape, etc.
To Kill a Mockingbird has a few humorous moments, but again it is certainly not a light read.
Both of these are high on the list right now with a ton of votes; should I remove them or leave them alone? Also eyeing The Glass Castle.


message 42: by Celia (new)

Celia Buell Many of these are not set in the south...


message 43: by Donna (new)

Donna Davis ☮️❤️Celia❤️☮️ wrote: "Many of these are not set in the south..."

Yeah, it's riddled with problems. I'm not sure this list is worth fixing. The problem is with the criteria, IMHO. First, what is "quirky"? I'm not a Southerner, but I do adore good Southern fiction; I think some people see "Southern Fiction" and disregard the text afterward. A LOT of excellent Southern fiction is neither humorous nor romantic. (Faulkner, anyone?)

But there are also a lot of titles here that straight-up are out of genre.

I'm inclined to abandon this list, personally, if I can find a better one for Southern fiction.


message 44: by Booklovinglady (last edited Sep 28, 2020 12:30AM) (new)

Booklovinglady @Donna
I voted for Faulkner novels (already on the list) as in my opnion they are 'quirky'. 😉 But I agree that it doesn't fit the description (the title and the description are not the same, in my opinion).


message 45: by Booklovinglady (new)

Booklovinglady @Glenda
Don't promote your own book like that, as it is not nice! (Besides, there are other ways to promote a book.)


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