That Southern Flavor

A Confederacy of Dunces

By John Kennedy Toole

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"When a true genius appears in the world, you may know him by this sign, that the dunces are all in confederacy against him." -- Jonathan Swift

Ignatius J. Reilly of New Orleans--selfish, domineering, deluded, tragic and larger than life--is a noble crusader against a world of dunces. He is a modern-day Quixote beset by giants of the modern age. In magnificent revolt against the twentieth century, Ignatius propels his monstrous bulk among the flesh posts of the fallen city, documenting life on his Big Chief tablets as he goes, until his maroon-haired mother decrees that Ignatius must work.

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Letter From Point Clear

By Dennis McFarland

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A brother and sister return to their Southern hometown to rescue their younger sister from her marriage to an evangelical preacher-only to find their expectations turned completely upside down. (summary)
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Saving Grace

By Lee Smith

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...a darkly comic and compelling novel about Gracie, blessed with a gift she doesn’t want, who pursues earthly and divine love on a road that comes to a disturbing but inevitable conclusion. (barnesandnoble.com)
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Whistlin’ Dixie in a Nor’easter

By Lisa Patton

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Southern belle Leelee Satterfield moves to Vermont from Memphis to follow her husband's dream of managing an inn. It doesn't take long before realizing that following someone else's dream isn't working for her... (summary)
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The Well and the Mine

By Gin Phillips

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Witnessing what she believes to be the murder of an infant in a Depression-era Alabama mining town, a nine-year-old girl and her civic-minded family subsequently struggle with the darker side of their racially torn community. (summary)
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Unfinished Desires

By Gail Godwin

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Sparking enthusiasm for a play about the founding of their North Carolina mountains Catholic girls' school, a charismatic ninth grader and her recently orphaned best friend set in motion a series of events that have decades-long ramifications. (summary)
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The Three Miss Margarets

By Louise Shaffer

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Laurel Silence, a young woman who has spent most of her life nursing her alcoholic mother and a huge grudge, is about to put the pieces of (a) puzzle together and demand to know what happened the night the three Miss Margarets swore their oath of secrecy. (summary)
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Thistle and Twigg

By Mary Saums

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(R)ecently widowed Jane Thistle...moves to Tullulah, Ala., where she soon meets Phoebe Twigg, also a widow, who has lived in the small town all her life. The two women, despite their differences in outlook and personality, become close friends. (from Publishers Weekly)
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The Sweet By and By

By Todd Johnson

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Five very different Southern women meet in a nursing home and develop a friendship that resonates over the decades. (summary)
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South of Broad

By Pat Conroy

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After his brother's suicide, Leopold Bloom King struggles along with the rest of his family in Charleston, South Carolina, until he begins to gather an intimate circle of friends, whose ties endure for two decades until a final, unexpected test of friendship. (summary)
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