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MODERN SOUTHERN LITERATURE


Fourth Monday, 7pm
Discover gems of contemporary Southern literature.  
 

Discuss our latest book and identify a favorite author or two!  Read a novel each month, then discuss and share insights at the monthly meeting.  Experience a new world of Southern authors.  Happy reading!

Below are the books we have chosen and the dates we will discuss them.  



SEPTEMBER 28
Mothers and Strangers: Essays on Motherhood from the New South edited by Samia Serageldin and Lee Smith

Twenty-eight writers set out to discover what they know, and don't know about the person they call Mother.


OCTOBER 26
Time's Witness by Michael Malone

A street-smart and straightforward police chief and his refined homicide detective are determined to keep their town's cultural, political and racial divisions stable when facing a new challenge.

NOVEMBER 23
Big Lies in a Small Town by Diane Chamberlain

A tale of two artists, living 78 years apart in a small Southern town, and the third artist who links them.


JANUARY 25

Hieroglyphics by Jill McCorkle

Lil and Frank married young, launched into courtship when they bonded over how they both—suddenly, tragically— lost a parent when they were children.  Over time, their marriage grew and strengthened, with each still wishing for so much more understanding of the parents they’d lost prematurely.



FEBRUARY 22
The Gulf
 by Belle Boggs

Novel about a starved-for-cash poet who takes a job teaching Christian writers at a grungy Florida motel.


MARCH 22
Before We Were Yours
 by Lisa Wingate

Historical fiction that focuses on the horrific story of Georgia Tann, a woman who abducted and sold children for years through the Tennessee Children’s Home Society.



APRIL 26

Proud Shoes: The Story of an American Family by Pauli Murray

 

True story of slavery, survival, and miscegenation in the South from the pre-Civil War era through the Reconstruction.

MAY 24
Beach Music by Pat Conroy
 

A Southerner living abroad is scarred by tragedy and betrayal and desires to find peace after his wife’s suicide.