I’m not sure why, but I’ve long been drawn to stories that take place in the South; Mississippi, Tennessee, the Carolina’s, Georgia, etc. It may have begun years ago when I first read “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain. I don’t raahtly recall. Yuh see even as ah write this the voice in muh head is speaking with a slow southern drawl y’all. This is what happens whenevuh uh get into a really good southern story as uh am raaht now.
Here are a few examples of good southern writers or stories that took place in the South that are sure to bring out the southern drawl in your head:
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd
Anything written by Barbara Kingsolver (She lives in Virginia now so she counts)
Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe by Fannie Flagg
Anything written by David Sedaris (He grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and he has the accent)
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil by John Berendt
Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood by Rebecca Wells
Ahh looky here, ah done gone on and on and plum near forgot muh point. (The voice in my head is now less refined southern and with a little more “country” southern drawl)
I’ve just begun reading another wonderful southern tale. The book is “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett. This is Kathryn Stockett’s first novel. I’m about 1/3rd into it so far and I am truly impressed by her writing style. She has me so involved in the story I don’t want to do anything else but keep reading. It took everything I had to tear myself away from it to write this post!
This review describes the book best: “Set in the rural South of the 1960’s, The Help is a startling, resonant portrait of the intertwined lives of women on opposite sides of the racial divide. Stockett’s many gifts – a keen eye for character, a wicked sense of humor, the perfect timing of a natural born storyteller- – shine as she evokes a time and place when black women were expected to help raise white babies, and yet could not use the same bathroom as their employers. Her characters, both white and black, are so fully fleshed they practically breathe – no stock villains or pious heroines here. I’m becoming an evangelist for The Help. Don’t miss this wise and astonishing debut.”
–Joshilyn Jackson, Bestselling author of Gods in Alabama
In the novel Stockett writes:
“If chocolate was a sound it would have been Constantine’s voice singing.
If singing was a colour it would have been the colour of that chocolate.” I love that!
I know it’s risky to recommend a book without having read the whole thing, but even if it all went “south” from the point I’m at now (which I highly doubt) it would still be worth the read.