I’ve always been partial to fiction of the American South. Folks like Faulkner & Morrison, of course, are the gold standard but I’ve found myself prefering less, shall we say, opaque fare these days. My tastes tend towards the southerners who use brief, cutting language, grotesques, and thick helpings humor, whether lighthearted or blackhearted. You know, people like:
- Flannery O’Connor
- Michael Malone
- Harry Crews
- Carson McCullers
Any other afficionados out there? I’d love some recommendations as I’ve packed all my books for a big move and am at a loss for reading.
(And, although I’ve specifically requested southerners, I’d definitely check out any authors you think employ similar sensibilities without actually setting their stories in the American South. Thanks, as always)