I can always tell after reading the first paragraph of a new book if I’ll love it or not, and sometimes by simply reading the first line. And some authors, who are consistently great, have me buying their books even before the release date. These southern fiction novels are sure to be amazing and you won’t want to miss adding these to your 2017 list of books to read.
The Best 8 Southern Fiction Novels to be Released This Year
The Night the Lights Went Out by Karen White – Releases April 11th
A stunning new novel about a young single mother who discovers the nature of friendship is never what it seems….Recently divorced, Merilee Talbot Dunlap moves with her two children to the Atlanta suburb of Sweet Apple, Georgia. It’s not her first time starting over, but her efforts at a new beginning aren’t helped by an anonymous local blog that dishes about the scandalous events that caused her marriage to fail.
One Good Thing by Wendy Wax – Releases April 25th
Embroiled in a battle to regain control of their renovation-turned-reality TV show, Do Over, Maddie, Avery, Nikki, and Kyra find themselves holding tight to the frayed ends of their friendship and relationships. But friendship is made for times like these, to keep each other—and their dreams—from crumbling.
Slightly South of Simple by Kristy Woodson Harvey – Releases April 25th
From the next “major voice in Southern fiction” (New York Times bestselling author Elin Hilderbrand) comes the first in an all-new series chronicling the journeys of three sisters and their mother—and a secret from their past that has the potential to tear them apart and reshape their very definition of what it means to be a family.
Same Beach, Next Year by Dorothea Benton Frank – Releases May 16th
Bursting with the intoxicating richness of Dorothea Benton Frank’s beloved Lowcountry–the sultry sunshine, cool ocean breezes, icy cocktails, and starry velvet skies–Same Beach, Next Year is a dazzling celebration of the infrangible power of friendship, the enduring promise of summer, and the indelible bonds of love.
The Weekenders by Mary Kay Andrews – Releases May 17th
Some people stay all summer long on the idyllic island of Belle Isle, North Carolina. Some people come only for the weekends. When Riley Griggs is waiting for her husband at the ferry one Friday afternoon, she is instead served with papers informing her that her island home is being foreclosed.
The Shark Club by Ann Kidd Taylor – Releases June 6th
Set against the intoxicating backdrop of palm trees, blood orange sunsets, calypso bands, and key lime pies, The Shark Club is a love story, an environmental mystery, and an exploration of a woman’s mysterious kinship with the sea and the sharks that inhabit it.
The Bookshop at Water’s End by Patti Callahan Henry – Releases July 11th
From the acclaimed New York Times bestselling author of The Idea of Love and Driftwood Summer comes a story about women who spent their childhood summers in a small Southern town that harbors secrets as lush as the marshes surrounding it…
The Almost Sisters by Joshilyn Jackson – Releases July 11th
With empathy, grace, humor, and piercing insight, the author of gods in Alabama pens a powerful, emotionally resonant novel of the South that confronts the truth about privilege, family, and the distinctions between perception and reality—the stories we tell ourselves about our origins and who we really are.
I’d love to know what you think if you read one of these southern fiction novels! Are there any others you would add to the list?