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Mark Childress

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Mark Childress is an American novelist. He has written A World Made of Fire, V for Victor, Tender, Crazy in Alabama, Gone for Good, and One Mississippi.

Childress grew up in Ohio, Indiana, Mississippi, and Louisiana. After graduation from The University of Alabama in 1978, Childress was a reporter for The Birmingham News, Features Editor of Southern Living magazine, and Regional Editor of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
   A World Made Of Fire (1984)
   V For Victor (1988)
   Tender (1990)
   Crazy In Alabama (1993)
   Gone for Good (1998)
   One Mississippi (2006)
   Georgia Bottoms (2011)
Picture Books
Non fiction
   Bay's Recipe Box (2009) (with Mary Helen Childress)
   Looking for Harper Lee (2012)
   What It Means to Miss New Orleans (2013)
   The Book of Orange (2020)
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31 Paradiso (2022)
Rhoda Huffey
"Rhoda Huffey writes with an unforgettable voice - astringent, funny, ironic and whimsical. This voice is perfect for 31 Paradiso. Her subject is the crazy quilt of humans in Venice, California, and the human condition as seen through the lens of overpriced real estate and middle-aged passion. Jesus, of course, is never far from the action. Reading 31 Paradiso is like hearing a great story from an old friend."
The Flying Cutterbucks (2020)
Kathleen M Rodgers
"When the history of this time is written, Rodgers will be one of those novelists who wasn't afraid to talk about what the late 2010s was really like."
The Hidden Light of Northern Fires (2017)
Daren Wang
"This is a vivid study of a corner of Civil War America that feels fresh and unexplored. Like all the best historical fiction, The Hidden Light of Northern Fires opens a window into the present by exploring the past."
The Book of Polly (2017)
Kathy Hepinstall
"This book is delicious as much fun as Where'd You Go, Bernadette? and purely Southern-fried, to boot."
The Professor (2014)
(McMurtie & Drake, book 1)
Robert Bailey
"Robert Bailey is a thriller writer to reckon with. His debut novel has a tight and twisty plot, vivid characters, and a pleasantly down-home sensibility that will remind some readers of adventures in Grisham-land. Luckily, Robert Bailey is an original, and his skill as a writer makes the Alabama setting all his own. The Professor marks the beginning of a very promising career."
How Far Is the Ocean from Here (2008)
Amy Shearn
"Once in a while you read a first novel in which the narrative hand is so steady, the characters so lively and original, that you finish it certain you’ll be hearing a lot more from this author. Amy Shearn’s How Far Is the Ocean From Here is just such a book - funny, engaging, and captivating from beginning to end."

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