Coming Soon: A Good Man Is Hard to Be

On May 1, 2017, the official Indiegogo campaign launched for A Good Man Is Hard to Be, a short film that takes inspiration from Flannery O’Connor’s classic short story, “A Good Man Is Hard to Find.” The story fascinated director Michael Yu when he first read it in an English class in high school. O’Connor’s […]

“Lay it on my Heart,” by Angela Pneuman

Reviewed by Emily Hoover Like thick, humid air on a late-summer afternoon in the Deep South, Angela Pneuman’s debut novel, Lay it on my Heart, is heavy. It exists as a commentary on faith, mental illness, and womanhood that’s appropriately served chilled, like glasses of sweet tea I remember from childhood. Darkly humorous and painfully […]

January Read of the Month: “Sailing to Alluvium,” by John Pritchard

  Reviewed by Michael Pitts In the third installment to the “Junior Ray Saga,” John Pritchard demonstrates his prowess for celebrating the unique world that is the Mississippi Delta. A delightfully obscene and irreverent burlesque tale, Sailing to Alluvium follows the “diktective” work of the loveable Junior Ray Loveblood and his pal Voyd Mudd. As […]

“South, America,” by Rod Davis

Reviewed by Gerald Duff Acclaimed writer Rod Davis in his new novel provides a mystery, the first in what promises to be a series featuring a part-time writer, TV announcer, private investigator, Vietnam veteran, and world-weary survivor named Jack Prine. He lives in New Orleans, but not in the French Quarter. Instead he prefers a […]

July Read of the Month: “Suite for Three Voices,” by Derek Furr

Reviewed by Cameron Williams In “Starting from Error,” the prelude to Suite for Three Voices (a piece also nominated for the Pushcart Prize), Derek Furr muses, “What if there were an ‘h’ in ‘went,’ as there so often was in my students’ writing? When is involved in went, time rolled up in the past tense, […]

Meredith Edwards

Meredith Edwards is a junior at Furman University majoring in English and French. She hails from Pendleton, South Carolina, a town known by its residents for dusty antique stores and heavily enforced single-digit speed limits. The first distinctly Southern novel she read was The Sound and the Fury, a work of art that so much […]

What Southern Titles Inspire Kerry Madden?

     In honor of Mother’s Day, SLR contributors are letting you in on their deepest secrets by confessing the names of books by southern female authors that have most influenced their lives.      For novelist Kerry Madden, the list is topped with two of Lee Smith’s works: Fair and Tender Ladies as well as Oral History. Click to Buy Click to Buy        […]