Reading about Tennessee
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I live in Tennessee, and feel a bit at of a loss. I'm actually hoping to get some good ideas from this thread!
The two fiction books that come to mind are Taft by Ann Patchett, which evokes both the nightlife of Memphis and the lonely battlefield at Shiloh, and Peter Taylor's A Summons to Memphis, which really brings home the 30's dreaminess of life among the wealthy on Lookout Mountain.
Of course, I recommend anything by Ann Patchett. I've given away more of her books than I currently own.
There are also the mystery novels of Steven Womack, set in Nashville, which I've heard of but haven't read.
Since I was half asleep I didn't even notice the mistake in the spelling. Thanks for correcting it.
All the Cormac McCarthy books I've read are set in the western U.S.--can't recall a Tennessee connection, although I do know he was at UT briefly, because my daughter is there now.
EDIT: Ashamed of myself for not knowing, I did some research. Cormac McCarthy's first book, The Orchard Keeper is set in rural Tennessee. So is Suttree. I have not read either one. But I will.
And what I was trying to remember in the original post was Shelby Foote's Shiloh. An excellent Civil War novel, and of course the battle took place in Tennessee, but it's more about the battlte than it is about the state, if you know what I mean.