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Your favorite literary works by a South Carolina writer over the past 40 years

These titles were submitted by readers. Don't see your favorite? E-mail Milly Hough to add your suggestion to the list.

 

Click on the title to read some of the comments submitted with the entries.

 

Favorite literary works

 

"Against the Tide" by Harriett Keyserling

 
"Beach Music" by Pat Conroy
 
"Before Darkness Falls" by J. Allen Wilson
 
"Charleston" by John Jakes
 
"Deliverance" by James Dickey
 
"Dreams of Sleep" by Josephine Humphreys
 
"Fools All of Us:stories of the white city" by Jonathan Sanchez
 
"The Great Santini" by Pat Conroy
 
"Greek Boy" by Dino Thompson
 
"The Hammerstone" by Jon Tuttle
 
"History of Newberry" by Tom Pope
 
"Jewel" by Bret Lott
 
"On Ice" by Red Evans
 
"One Foot in Eden" by Ron Rash
 
"Prince of Tides" by Pat Conroy
 
"Refuge" by Dot Jackson
 

"The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd

 

"The Spirit of Sweetgrass" by Nicole Seitz

 

"The War in Sallie's Station" by Mignon Ballard

 

"The Water is Wide" by Pat Conroy

 
"The Wheel of Time" by Jim Rigney aka Robert Jordan
 
"Whispers of the Heart" by J. Allen Wilson
 
"Why Dogs Chase Cars" by George Singleton

 

"Why We Never Danced the Charleston" by Harlan Greene

 

 

"Against the Tide" by Harriett Keyserling

Harriet Keyserling answers questions I didn't even know I had.

 

"Beach Music" by Pat Conroy

"A great S.C. tale!"

 

"Before Darkness Falls"and "Whispers of the Heart" by J. Allen Wilson

“There are (writers) in S.C. who continue to strive to be heard above the roar of the more prominent. One such writer is J. Allen Wilson of Belton. He has no agent, nor does he possess a degree in the arts, but he still fights to have his work seen and heard despite working a full-time job and raising a family. I have read both of his books, “Before Darkness Falls,” and “Whispers Of The Heart.”  Though you do not find these on the best sellers list in your local book store, it does not make them any less worth the mention. It’s people like him who are an unseen and integral part of S.C. art. In my opinion it’s time that these little guys receive a nod of thanks for their efforts.”

 

Charleston by John Jakes

"It is so beautifully written, following three generations of a family in Charleston—from the Revolutionary War to the end of slavery and a bit beyond."

 

"Dreams of Sleep" by Josephine Humphreys

"Entranced by her lyrical descriptions of Charleston, you feel you are sitting on an age-softened bench under a live oak with your eyes framed by antique-smelling Spanish moss, watching this story unfold."

 

"The Great Santini" by Pat Conroy

"Because this book and the Prince of Tides depict the quirkiness/drama/humor of the South in a way that is not deprecating."

 

"History of Newberry" by Tom Pope

"Fascinating two- volume missive"

 

"Jewel" by Bret Lott

"The work speaks for itself - brilliant"

 

"On Ice" by Red Evans

"Red Evans is a local Charlestonian who was among many things, a radio Deejay, a television news anchor, a Washington lobbyist, and finally, an author. He said publishing his novel was the most important thing he ever did. "On Ice" is a touching and humorous road trip that illuminates the child in each of us and reminds us that we must always use and honor the gifts we've been given."

 

"One Foot in Eden" by Ron Rash

"Poet Ron Rash carried the gift of his almost incomparably graceful lines into a first novel, full of beauty and insights about our people."

 

Refuge by Dot Jackson

"Incredible first novel by incredible S.C. writer."

 

"The Secret Life of Bees" by Sue Monk Kidd

"It was beautifully written - thoughtful, provocative, not overly sentimental, and addressed relationship between people of various ages, races, and religious backgrounds."

 

"The Spirit of Sweetgrass" by Nicole Seitz

"Illuminates the Lowcountry sweetgrass culture through narrator 78-year-old Essie Mae."

 

"The War in Sallie's Station" by Mignon Ballard

Ballard re-creates the fears and exhilarations of childhood in this beautiful semi-memoir."

 

"The Water is Wide" by Pat Conroy

"Nothing like some good, well-intentioned, nonfiction revenge."

 

"Why Dogs Chase Cars" by George Singleton

"It's a great book by one of the evil geniuses of our generation."

 

 

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