About the Author
Table of ContentsGrowing Up in the SouthIntroduction
I. Remembering Southern Places
Elizabeth Spencer, "The Gulf Coast"
Harry Crews, from A Childhood: The Biography of a Place
Eudora Welty, from One Writer's Beginnings
Bobbie Ann Mason, "State Champions"
Gustavo Pérez Firmat, "Mooning over Miami"
Randall Kenan, "Where Am I Black"
II. Experiencing Southern Families
William Hoffman, "Amazing Grace"
Alice Walker, "Everyday Use"
Lee Smith, "Artists"
Shirley Ann Grau, "Homecoming"
Ellen Gilchrist, "The President of the Louisiana Live Oak Society"
Mary Hood, "How Far She Went"
III. Negotiating Southern Communities
Richard Wright, "The Man Who Was Almost a Man"
Flannery O'Connor, "Everything That Rises Must Converge"
Peter Taylor, "The Old Forest"
Gail Godwin, "The Angry Year"
Michael Malone, "Fast Love"
Jill McCorkle, "Carnival Lights"
IV. Challanging Southern Traditions
William Faulkner, "An Odor of Verbena"
Mary Mebane, from Mary
Anne Moody, from Coming of Age in Mississippi
Joan Williams, "Spring Is Now"
Henry Louis Gates, Jr., "Sin Boldly"
Ernest J. Gaines, "Thomas Vincent Sullivan"