Friday, June 05, 2020

Five top southern noir novels

Attica Locke’s latest novel Heaven, My Home is the sequel to Edgar Award-winning Bluebird, Bluebird. Her third novel Pleasantville was the winner of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction and was also long-listed for the Bailey’s Prize for Women’s Fiction. The Cutting Season was the winner of the Ernest Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. Her first novel Black Water Rising was nominated for an Edgar Award, an NAACP Image Award, as well as a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and was short-listed for the Women’s Prize for Fiction. A former fellow at the Sundance Institute’s Feature Filmmaker’s Lab, Locke works as a screenwriter as well. Most recently, she was a writer and producer on Netflix’s When They See Us and the also the Hulu adaptation of Little Fires Everywhere. A native of Houston, Texas, Locke lives in Los Angeles, California, with her husband and daughter.

At the Waterstones blog she tagged five favorite southern noir novels, including:
The Fighter by Michael Farris Smith 
Michael Farris Smith is one of the most powerful southern voices in American literature. Here, Smith paints the Mississippi Delta as the complex place that it is—a place of darkness and danger, but also grace. Jack Boucher is punch-drunk fighter whose life is on the line in more ways than one. Filled with rich, utterly unforgettable characters, you will follow his redemption story while perched on the edge of your seat.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue