The Finch's Backyard: Novels Set in the South

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The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

Mark Twain
Outcast Huckleberry Finn and Jim, a runaway slave, have many adventures as they raft down the Mississippi River.

The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman

Ernest Gaines
Centenarian Miss Jane Pittman recounts her life and experiences starting from childhood in the early 1860s to the onset of the civil rights movement in the 1960s.

Cane River

Lalita Tademy
Four generations of strong, determined black women living along Cane River in Central Louisiana are chronicled in this portrait of life in the small community.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

Tennessee Williams
A family gathering to celebrate the birthday of patriarch “Big Dapy” Pollitt becomes the backdrop to a family in crisis.

Charleston: a novel

John Jakes
Dark secrets abound among the privileged and powerful aristocratic Bell family in this chronicle of their experiences from the time of the American Revolution to the Civil War.

The Color Purple

Alice Walker
Through a series of diary entries and letters, Celie, a poor, uneducated woman living in rural Georgia, and her sister, Nettie, a missionary in Africa, offer each other support through their turbulent experiences.

A Confederacy of Dunces

John Kennedy Toole
Due to family circumstances, Ignatius J. Reilly, an eccentric, intelligent, but slothful 30-year old man still living with his mother, must set out to find a job in his New Orleans neighborhood and comes into contact with interesting characters and various adventures.

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe

Fannie Flagg
Evelyn’s life is rejuvenated through the stories of two women and a café told by Mrs. Threadgoode, an elderly woman she encounters at a nursing home.

Gone With the Wind

Margaret Mitchell
Set in the old South during the American Civil War and Reconstruction, the story chronicles the rebellious belle Scarlett O'Hara and her experiences with friends, lovers, family, and enemies during a tumultuous time in Southern history.

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter

Carson McCullers

A rag-tag bunch of misfits in a small Southern town attempt to find answers to life and beauty despite their various obstacles.

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil

John Berenp
The murder of a local hustler in the opulent home of a gay antiques dealer leads to numerous trials in this true crime book that highlights the residents and atmosphere of Savannah, Georgia in the 1980s.

The Secret Life of Bees

Susan Monk Kip
Lily Owens and Rosaleen search for an escape from their abusive lives and a connection to Lily’s deceased mother. They run away to Tiburon, South Carolina, where they find three beekeeping sisters and the secrets of the past.

The Sound and the Fury

William Faulkner
The story of the lives of the Compson family, told from different points of view, as the upper-class Southern family falls into ruin.

Their Eyes Were Watching God

Zora Neale Hurston
Janie Crawford, an African-American woman living in Florida during the 1930s, searches for her own identity through three marriages, an accusation of murder, and a gossiping community.

Tobacco Road

Erskine Caldwell
Poor Georgia sharecropper Jeeter Lester and his family are trapped by the conditions of the Depression and their destructive behavior, leading to tragedy.