The Southern Literary Review celebrates southern authors and their contributions to American literature. We feature the classic writers who have defined southern literature, and we highlight emerging authors through interviews, profiles, and book reviews. In an effort to back independent bookstores and to encourage creativity in the publishing world, SLR is an IndieBound supporter.
Reviewed by Donna Meredith Lynn Braxton’s debut novel, Lady of the House, is a sweeping period romance certain to sweep you off your feet. The story is set in the early 1800s in Charleston, South Carolina, and New Orleans—both cities known for their history, southern culture, and class consciousness. Braxton, the penname of Panhandle resident […]
Reviewed by Chris Timmons This must be said as a mandatory prefatory statement: Countless novels have been written about the South, it being such a fertile topic, yet Wilton Barnhardt’s delightful novel Lookaway, Lookaway may top them all. Barnhardt’s novel has it all: an expansive social view of the New South, frequently outrageous and supremely […]
Reviewed by Sam Slaughter Is it too late for this? That was the first question that came to mind upon opening Thomas Zigal’s fifth novel Many Rivers to Cross. Is a novel set among the wreckage of post-Katrina New Orleans published in 2013 still relevant almost decade after the tragedy? MRTC follows various members of […]
Jessi Lewis is a Virginian writer with roots in the Blue Ridge Mountains and an MFA from West Virginia University. Her poetry and fiction have been published in Ghost Town Literary Magazine, Stymie, Flyway and forthcoming in Rock & Sling. Her work “Walnuts” was nominated for a Pushcart. She is the former Founding Head Editor […]
Reviewed by Donna Meredith Take a wounded woman with a good heart and addiction problems. A troubled child who needs love. A dog in need of a home. And a man who has known since childhood the name of the woman he wants to marry. Throw them into the same story, mix thoroughly, and you […]
Ana Reyes is an MFA Candidate in creative writing and instructor of composition at Louisiana State University. Publications include fiction and poetry in Gulf Coast, Pear Noir, The New Delta Review and Foliate Oak. Her short stories have been finalists in the Glimmer Train Very Short Fiction Award and the Donald Barthelme Prize for short […]