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Initial post: Jul 13, 2008 9:43:13 AM PDT
RachelMW says:
Hi there:

I am on a big southern novel kick right now! My favorites have been Girls in Trucks by Crouch, Eating the Chesire Cat by Helen Ellis, Gods in Alabama by Jackson and One Mississippi by Childress.

Other current books along these lines? New stuff from the last few years that are along the lines of the books about (female friendships, adolescent life-lessons, debutantes gone bad, good stories, some sex..). Fun--bookclub-type books.

thanks much!

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 15, 2008 7:29:23 AM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 16, 2008 8:58:19 AM PDT
Kevvboy says:
Hi Rachel, If you liked One Mississippi by Mark Childress, have you read "Crazy in Alabama" or "Tender" by the same author? Check em out.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 2, 2008 4:36:42 PM PDT
JJ says:
Hi, you must read all books by Augusta Trobaugh, JL Miles, Bev marshall & the rock Orchard by Paula Wall. There are a lot of good Southern novels out there & I have tried to find all that I can to read. If you know of more send them on to me. Also the Truelove & Homegrown Tomatoes series. JJ

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2008 6:14:55 AM PDT
Jayne Pupek says:
If you enjoy Southern Gothic and/or coming of age tales, you might enjoy my forthcoming novel, "Tomato Girl." I also highly recommend "New Stories from the South: The Year's Best, 2008" by ZZ Packer.

Best,

Jayne Pupek

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2008 8:27:40 AM PDT
Chele T says:
Pat Conroy, Dorothea Benton Frank, and Anne Rivers-Siddons are my favorites for this genre. All feature great characters, stories with twists and plots that keep you enthralled. Great summer reading!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 3, 2008 10:19:40 AM PDT
Jackson also has Between, Georgia and The Girl Who Stopped Swimming, I enjoyed them both. I've also enjoyed Mary Kay Andrews books (so far I've read Savannah Blues, Savannah Breeze, Hissy Fit, Little Bitty Lies). Fluff stuff, but fun, quick reads. Happy reading!

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2008 11:00:59 AM PDT
B. Jackson says:
Have you read "Cold Sassy Tree" by Olive Ann Burns?
What about "Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Kidd Monk?
Then there is "Cold Rock River" by J.L. Miles.

"Tumbling" by Diane Mckinney-whetstone (all of her books, actually).

I am on the same kick after reading "Between, Georgia" by Joshilyn Jackson. It was awesome.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2008 12:11:21 PM PDT
JJ says:
Be sure to read books by paula wall & Garden Spells. I cant remember the author. Also read Like A Sister by Janice Daughtery. alll of her books are very good.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 11, 2008 9:51:15 AM PDT
If your older (like over 55) you might enjoy my book, EGRET COVE. It's about a woman who reluctantly moves to an over 55 trailer park in south Florida.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 13, 2008 5:01:55 PM PDT
Try Curtiss Ann Matlock - she has a good series and some stand alone novels.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2008 9:56:42 AM PDT
C Ramsey says:
You MUST find a copy of Foxes' Earth, an older one by Anne Rivers Siddons, with a heroine you'll never forget in your life. Move over, Scarlet.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 21, 2008 2:32:17 PM PDT
JJ says:
C Ramsey, you are so right. That was a great book & I loved it. I haven't found another of her books to be that good. Do you know of another? Have you tried Mudbound? Garden Spells, The Rock Garden, The Box Children. Please let me know if you know of more good ones. Just thought of another one, Walking Through Shadows, and The Garden Angel. Try anything by Janice Daughtery such as , Like A Sister.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 16, 2008 11:57:30 AM PDT
E. Glass says:
Jane, Please make this available on the Kindle!!!!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 16, 2008 2:13:09 PM PDT
RachelMW says:
JJ:

Mudbound was one of the BEST--albeit heartaching --books I read this year. The author won a big Lit prize for it, I do hope word about it spreads.

I did not like Between Geogia all that much--not as good as Gods in Alabama. I am actualy trying to get through Dead Until Dark by Charlaine Harris (the vampire series which the show True Blood is based on)--the writing is a bit cheesy, and hardly literary. But I like the southern setting.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 16, 2008 3:18:11 PM PDT
JJ says:
Rachel, I'm so glad that you liked Mudbound. I loved it. Please try Walking Through shadows by Bev Marshall. It is very very good. Let me know if you do read it. Another good book is The Curing Season . I can't remember the author right now but if you can't find it let me know. Maybe Leslie Wells.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 17, 2008 10:45:22 AM PDT
If you don't mind a fantasy twist, The Southern Vampire series by Charlaine Harris is great. Also, the Red Hat Club by Haywood Smith (NOT the same as the Red Hat Society.) There's that one, a follow up (The Red Hats Ride Again) and a brand new one (Wedding Belles.) Very good all.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 22, 2008 2:57:27 PM PDT
JJ says:
jane, I just bought your book & am now reading it. I am loving it so far. The hints of a baby in a jar are really getting my attention. I feel so sorry for the daughter. I am at the part where the mother is in the hospital & The tomato girl has moved in. thanks so much for recommending your book. I love Southern Gothic! JJ

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 23, 2008 5:04:26 AM PDT
Jayne Pupek says:
Thank you so much, JJ. I'd love to hear more of your thoughts when you finish Tomato Girl!

Best,

Jayne

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2008 10:54:53 AM PDT
JJ says:
Jane, I just finished your book. I don't even have the words to say how much I enjoyed it. Your talent amazes me. I can't remember when I have last enjoyed a book so much. My email is oralee123@gmail.com. Please, please let me know when you have another novel coming out. I anxiously await it. I will tell everyone I know about your wonderful book. Thank you so much for giving Miss Emily and Clara to Ellie, and for letting Mary stay her friend. I don't think I could have stood it if Ellie had not had these beautiful people in her life. Ellis's haunting little voice will stay with me for a very long time. Again, your book is wonderful. JJ

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2008 2:58:40 PM PDT
Jayne Pupek says:
Hello JJ,

It means so much to me as a writer to know that the characters in Tomato Girl moved you as they did. Thank you for reading my book and for taking the time to share your thoughts.

Best,

Jayne

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2008 3:15:36 PM PDT
RachelMW says:
Your book sounds very good. It is on my list! I see you have the same publisher as Hilary Jordan (Mudbound)--Algonquin. They have a really good fiction list.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2008 3:17:39 PM PDT
RachelMW says:
I couldn't finish Dead Until Dark. Her writing did not keep me interested. The show isn't looking so great either.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 24, 2008 5:20:46 PM PDT
Jayne Pupek says:
Hi Rachel,

Thank you for adding Tomato Girl to your list. I hope you'll let me know what you think of it once you've had a chance to read it.

Mudbound is a wonderful book--one of my favorites. I know I'm biased, but I think Algonquin consistently publishes some of the finest books.

Best,

Jayne

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 25, 2008 8:50:29 AM PDT
J. Jamison says:
Have you read anything by Florence King? Start off with "Southern Ladies and Gentlemen." It is funny and interesting.
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