Allen Mendenhall Interviews Lorna Hollifield, Author of “Tobacco Sun”

AM:  Thanks, Lorna, for doing this interview.  The title of your debut novel is Tobacco Sun.  I want to ask you about that title, but first I want to quote from some opening lines of the book.  “Tobacco,” you say, “a strangely fragile, yet willful crop, desperate for survivorship, proved it could somehow adapt to […]

“The Cigar Factory: A Novel of Charleston,” by Michele Moore

Reviewed by Daniel James Sundahl I recall my first visit to Charleston a year or so after Hurricane Hugo.  Driving south to north along the coastal roads, I made side trips into the South Carolina Low Country where I found isolation and the remnants of the Gullah people.  I had been unbeknownst driving along and […]

Katie DePoppe

Katie DePoppe is an award-winning freelance writer, developmental editor, and former book publicist. She was born and raised in Charleston, South Carolina. In 2009, she became the founding editor at large for Azalea Media, a media company that produces three regional lifestyle and cultural publications throughout South Carolina and Georgia. This endeavor led to the […]

December Read of the Month: “Return to Tradd Street,” by Karen White

Reviewed by Lynn Braxton When Charleston Realtor Melanie Middleton inherits an historic house from a benefactor she met only once, Charlestonians wonder what coercion she employed to gain the property, not realizing that Melanie has a pronounced dislike for old houses, branding the crumbling ruins as money pits. To make matters worse, and 55 Tradd […]

“It Comes in Waves,” by Erika Marks

Reviewed by Jenny Huston Crowley Many readers think of a “beach read” as having a shallow storyline and underdeveloped characters. It Comes in Waves, Erika Marks’s fourth novel, fits the beach material category, except that Marks has written an engaging story with skill and insight. According to the author, “There’s no question that for me, […]

“Lady of the House,” by Lynn Braxton

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 […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Karen White

AM:  Thank you so much, Karen, for taking time out of your busy schedule to do this interview with Southern Literary Review.  We’re excited about the release of your new book, The Time Between.  You’ve said that this book might be your favorite so far.  Why is that? KW:  I think that with each book […]

Lizzie Gheorghita

Lizzie Gheorghita is a recent graduate of Sewanee: The University of the South. She grew up in Romania and England, and was most recently in Charleston, South Carolina, with Charleston Weddings magazine and Little Rock, Arkansas, with the Oxford American magazine. She currently freelances and works part-time at an independent school in Kansas City.