Don’t you just love Savannah? Historic and beautiful, we think Savannah, Georgia, deserves to always be the center of attention. And in these four books, it’s getting all the attention it deserves. Check out the Walden at Chatham Center guide to great books starring our favorite southern city.
"Savannah Blues" by Mary Kay Andrews
This one says it all right in the title. "Savannah Blues" tells the story of an antiques picker named Eloise "Weezie" Foley, as she experiences the dissolution of her marriage, a new love, and a mysterious murder. Fun!
"Savannah from Savannah" by Denise Hildreth
The town is so nice, this book says it twice! In "Savannah from Savannah", one of the Savannahs is a person, but you’ll have to read it to know which Savannah is more interesting. Written by Denise Hildreth, this book tells the story of a young woman returning to her hometown to pursue a career in journalism. And it’s about other stuff, too. Yay.
"Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" by John Berendt
You can’t have a list of books that take place in Savannah without including this classic from John Berendt. Unlike the other books on this list, “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” is considered non-fiction, although certain liberties were taken that muddy that line. It tells the tale of an antiques dealer who is accused of murdering a male prostitute, and it positively drips with southern charm, scandal, and intrigue. Highly recommended.
"High Noon" by Nora Roberts
Author Nora Roberts is famous for her romance novels, but with 25,873 reviews on Goodreads and a score of 3.98, this book must be doing something right. Set in Savannah, of course, "High Noon" tells the story of the city’s best hostage negotiator as she negotiates an agoraphobic mother and a masked tormentor "determined to make her a hostage to fear." Did we mention it’s set in Savannah? That’s really the important part.
We hope this guide to some of Savannah’s best literary representations offers you a few gems for your summer reading list. For more tips on getting the most out of your summer, visit the Walden at Chatham Center blog.