The Very Best Southern Books

Words have a way of taking us places, and that’s why we’re convinced the very best stories boast Southern settings. Here are a few of our very favorite reads, from the classics to new Dixieland darlings—and every tale in between.

 

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To Kill a Mockingbird
Harper Lee

This coming-of-age novel about bravery and the dangers of prejudice belongs on every bookshelf. This Depression-era novel follows siblings Scout and Jem and their observations on racial injustice in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama.

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The Color Purple 
Alice Walker

Walker’s story of the lives of African-American women in the South has been the frequent target of censorship because of its explicit content. This challenging book is a must-read on our list of great Southern literature.

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All the King’s Men 
Robert Penn Warren

Narrated by reporter Jack Burden in the 1930s, All the King’s Men is the story of the political rise of a cynical populist in the South. The novel examines cause and effect while exploring a person’s inability to act as a mere observer without consequence.

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The Sound and the Fury 
William Faulkner

Set in Jefferson, Mississippi, and narrated as a stream of consciousness, this story centers on former Southern aristocrats and the struggle to keep their family together—and its reputation intact.

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Gone with the Wind 
Margaret Mitchell

Mitchell’s classic is set in Georgia during the civil war and follows the struggles of a plantation owner’s daughter and her fight to escape poverty in the wake of the South’s destruction.

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The Optimist’s Daughter 
Eudora Welty

A judge’s daughter, Laurel, travels to New Orleans to be with her ailing father and becomes better acquainted with her stepmother, Fay, who exposes her true shrewish nature as her husband dies slowly. Laurel returns to her hometown and is surrounded by memories of her past while Fay returns to Texas to be with her family.

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A Streetcar Named Desire 
Tennessee Williams

It’s no surprise that A Streetcar Named Desire is often considered one of Tennessee Williams’ greatest works.

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Cold Mountain 
Charles Frazier

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Bastard Out of Carolina 
Dorothy Allison

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Delta Wedding
Eudora Welty

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Blood Meridian
Cormac McCarthy

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Sycamore Row 
John Grisham

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All Over But the Shoutin’ 
Rick Bragg

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The Secret Life of Bees
Sue Monk Kidd

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The Heart is a Lonely Hunter 
Carson McCullers

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The Little Friend
Donna Tartt

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What are we missing? Tell us your favorite Southern book in the comments.

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