Anne Rivers Siddons Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- Heartbreak Hotel (1976)
- The House Next Door (1978)
- Fox’s Earth (1981)
- Homeplace (1987)
- Peachtree Road (1989)
- King’s Oak (1990)
- Outer Banks (1991)
- Colony (1992)
- Hill Towns (1993)
- Downtown (1994)
- Fault Lines (1995)
- Up Island (1997)
- Low Country (1998)
- Nora, Nora (2000)
- Islands (2003)
- Sweetwater Creek (2005)
- Off Season (2008)
- Burnt Mountain (2010)
- The Girls of August (2014)
Anne Rivers Siddons Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order
- John Chancellor Makes Me Cry (1975)
- Go Straight on Peachtree (1978)
Anne Rivers Siddons Plays In Publication Order
- Rapunzel (2006)
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Anne Rivers Siddons ‘cannot be surpassed in evoking a kind of life peculiar to the South,’ says Publishers Weekly. Her classic novel Heartbreak Hotel, praised as ‘anything but nostalgic’ by The New York Times, excels with an insightful, troubling tale of the coming of age of a privileged young Southern woman during the turbulent Civil Rights era. In Montgomery, Alabama, Martin Luther King has organized a bus boycott. In Tuscaloosa, outrage surrounds the entrance of the state university’s first black student. But at little Randolph University, sweltering in the summer heat, life remains dreamily the same. At Kappa House, the sorority sisters talk of who has pinned whom, and whether they can sneak past their housemother so they can party at an out of town bar. Even among this privileged group, pretty, popular Kappa sister Maggie Deloach is unquestionably one of the elite…
until she commits a single act of defiance and courage that forever alters the way others think of her, and how Maggie thinks of herself.
Their love would never be the same. Colquitt and Walter Kennedy enjoyed a life of lazy weekends, gathering with the neighbors on their quiet, manicured street and sipping drinks on their patios. But when construction of a beautiful new home begins in the empty lot next door, their easy friendship and relaxed get togethers are marred by strange accidents and inexplicable happenings. Though Colquitt’s rational mind balks at the idea of a ‘haunted’ house, she cannot ignore the tragedies associated with it. It is as if the house preys on its inhabitants’ weaknesses and slowly destroys the goodness in them ultimately driving them to disgrace, madness and even death. Anne Rivers Siddons transports you deep into the heart of a neighborhood torn apart by a mysterious force that threatens their friendship, their happiness and, for some, their very existence. ‘Haunting’ New York Post
When it comes to depicting the modern American South, Anne River Siddons is unrivaled. In Fox’s Earth, called ‘psychologically astute and excellently written’ by Cosmopolitan, she pens a dark but seductive tale of five generations of Southern women and the house that was at once both their greatest inheritance and their most confining prison. In 1904, Ruth Yancey is only ten years old when she is brought to live at the magnificent mansion called Fox’s Earth. But the impoverished daughter of an abusive mill worker has already internalized her mother’s steely code: Men may hold all the power, but a woman possesses one thing that can get her anything in the world she wants…
if she’s prepared to make certain sacrifices. Deserted by her mother in order to give her a better chance at wealth, Ruth’s own ambition drives her to possess Fox’s Earth at any cost, even though her sacrifice will ultimately be her own husband, children, and grandchildren.
After twenty one years Micah Mike Winship is making the big move she’s going home for a visit. She hasn’t been back since 1963, when her father threw her out, but now he is dying and asking for her. And although she is armed with her succesful journalism career and the strength found after her divorce, she is nearing forty and her sophisticated urban lifestyle is falling apart. Heading home, Mike is unprepared for a past that has lain in wait for her one that includes an old love, a spoiled sister, and a plot to seize her family’s land. And in trying to understand her long forgotten self, she learns at last those lessons best learned early about love and loss, family and forgiveness, and the undeniable need for a place called home.
Headstrong, independent, and devastatingly beautiful Lucy Bondurant Chastain Venable will never become the demure Southern lady her family requires while her older cousin, Sheppard Gibbs Bondurant III, is too shy and bookish, a far cry from the suave, gregarious Southern gentleman he’s expected to be. In the Bondurants’ sprawling home on Atlanta’s Peachtree Road, these two will be united by a fierce tainted love and torn apart by a smoldering rage fanned by the cruelty of years and the unbending demands of privilege. A masterful tale of love, hate, and rebellion set in an elite world of class and wealth, New York Times bestselling author Anne Rivers Siddons’s Peachtree Road is the unforgettable story of the turbulent growth of a great Southern city and of two people cursed by blood and birth.
He would make her whole again Leaving behind a disastrous marriage, Andy Calhoun moves to the small town of Pemberton, Georgia, ‘in search of banality.’ What she discovers, though, is not serenity, but Tom Dabney, a passionate and magical man. An exuberant poet who worships the wilderness surrounding Pemberton, Tom is everything Andy doesn’t need in her life right now. But despite warnings from friends, Andy is soon deeply immersed in Tom’s life and his world…
a world he will do anything to protect. When Tom declares war on the enemy poisoning his woods, it becomes clear that Andy must choose between her life with Tom and the one she left behind…
if Pemberton society will take her back.
‘They are love, those rare early friendships.’ As she travels to the Outer Banks of North Carolina for a reunion with three of her college chums, Kate Abrams ponders the past. Had she ever known anyone as intimately as these three? There’s smart, tough Cecie; foolish, lonely Fig; and pert, wealthy Ginger, who married young Kate’s great love. Kate wonders whether such sublime bonds and such deep betrayals can survive the years. She is, after all, no stranger to life’s ironies. Her father, a poor Southerner, filled her life with social illusions and took his life in the process. Her husband sustained her through later deaths. And now an ongoing battle with cancer puts Kate’s own life on the line. Forced to face dark truths about her ‘golden’ past, Kate discovers the meaning of life and the power of true friendship. Mystery, madness, revenge and awakening await Kate Abrams on the Outer Banks.
An unforgettable story of love, acceptance, and tradition. When Maude Chambliss first arrives at Retreat, the seasonal home of her husband’s aristocratic family, she is a nineteen year old bride fresh from South Carolina’s Low Country. Among the patrician men and women who reside in the summer Colony on the coast of Maine, her gypsy like beauty and impulsive behavior immediately brand her an outsider. She, as well as everyone else, is certain she will never fit in. And of course, she doesn’t…
at first. But over the many summers she spends there, Maude comes to cherish life in the Colony, as she does the people who share it with her. There is her husband Peter, consumed with a darkness of spirit; her adored but dangerously fragile children; her domineering mother in law, who teaches her that it is the women who posses the strength to keep the Colony intact; and Maine native Micah Willis, who is ultimately Maude’s truest friend. This brilliant novel, rich with emotion, is filled with appealing, intense, and indomitable characters. Anne Rivers Siddons paints a portrait of a woman determined to preserve the spirit of past generations and the future of aplaice where she became who she is…
a place called Colony. ‘An outstanding multigenerational novel…
We are hooked from the moment we meet Maude.’ The New York Times
A single event in her childhood irrevocably marked Catherine Gaillard and made it impossible for her to leave her cloistered mountaintop town in Tennessee for the next thirty years. But her devotion to her husband, Joe, and her desire to forever put the incident behind her propel Cat on a life changing trip to Italy.
Making their way across the countryside of Tuscany with two other couples, Cat and Joe soon feel themselves pulled in different directions, and the fabric of their marriage begins to unravel. Expanding beyond the bounds of a carefree trip, their journey takes them deep into the heart of their relationship…
and becomes the ultimate test of their love.
/Content /EditorialReview EditorialReview Source Amazon. com Review /Source Content Although Hill Towns is a coming of age story, it’s no Romeo and Juliet. There are no young lovers flirting and bedding each other, thinking they’ve invented the act this novel centers around adults. The main characters have been married for more than 20 years and believe they know each other absolutely. A trip to Italy shows them there is still much to learn.
Catherine ‘Cat’ Gaillard narrates her own story, beginning with a gothic childhood of the sort that inspires folk ballads and tasteless jokes. Orphaned at age 5 when her parents are killed in a freakish accident, Cat chooses to live on Morgan’s Mountain as the ward of chilly, crazy grandparents, though saner family members are willing to take her in. She reasons that, ‘From there I would always know what was coming. From there I would see it long before it saw me.’
The rest of the story follows Cat and her husband, Joe, on their journey of midlife discovery. They both flirt with the possibility of an affair, they bicker, challenge assumptions, make new friends, drink too much, eat fabulous food, and tour Rome, Florence, and Venice. It’s like being there. Siddons lets you inhabit Cat’s mind and experience her struggle to overcome agoraphobia, her uncertainties about Joe, and, most of all, her neophyte traveler’s view of Italy. Hill Towns is an exploration of a mature relationship, but it’s also an effective travelogue. Read it and see if you don’t start to crave caff granita on the piazza. Brenda Pittsley
The year is 1966, a time of innocence, possibility, and freedom. And for Atlanta, the country, and one woman making her way in a changing world, nothing will be the same…
After an airless childhood in Savannah, Smoky O’Donnell arrives in Atlanta, dazzled and chastened by this hectic young city on the rise. Her new job as a writer with the city’s Downtown magazine introduces her to many unforgettable people and propels her into the center of momentous events that will irrevocably alter her heart, her career, and her world.
Merritt Fowler is a natural caretaker who has spent most of her life attending to the emotional needs of those closest to her: her beautiful, erratic younger sister, Laura; her self sacrificing physician husband, Pom; and now Pom’s destructive, Alzheimer’s afflicted mother. Exhausted and confused by the burdens she’s taken on, Merritt faces a new crisis when a fierce family quarrel makes her fragile sixteen year old daughter, Glynn, flee their Atlanta home to seek sanctuary in California with Aunt Laura, a Hollywood actress whose career is in decline. Following Glynn west and deciding to stay there against her irate husband’s wishes Merritt hopes to heal the ever widening fissures between mother and daughter, sister and sister. And on an impulsive trip up the coast into the Santa Cruz Mountains earthquake country the three women will have to confront their separate demons in order to save and change their lives.
If there was ever one woman who knew what was important, that woman was Molly Bell Redwine. From childhood, Molly was taught by her difficult, charismatic mother that ‘The Family’ was the world’s most vital entity and its maintenance would be Molly’s special talent. But, in a heartbeat, Molly is set adrift: her husband of more than twenty years leaves her for a younger woman, her domineering mother dies, and her Atlanta family scatters to the four winds. Molly takes refuge by visiting friends on Martha’s Vineyard. The very different world of the Vineyard hastens her changing identity, and Molly decides to stay on after the seasons, in a small cottage on a remote Up Island pond. Her duties includes acting as caretaker to her bitter, aging landlady, as well as looking after the woman ill and estranged son, Dennis. Keeping watch over Dennis, her landlady, and her newly widowed father, Molly at last lets go of her outworn notions of family and begins to become a part of a strange and very real new one. As the long Vineyard winter closes in, Molly braces herself to search for renewal, identity, and strength until the healing spring finally comes. Up Island is Anne Rivers Siddons at her lyrical, storytelling best.
Caroline Venable has everything her Southern heritage promised: money, prestige, a rich husband and a predictable routine of country club luncheons and cocktail parties. Caroline is the chatelaine of a magnificent home, hostess to her husband’s wealthy friends and prospective clients, and the official ‘one woman welcome wagon’ for young, eager talent that her husband, Clay, imports to their corner of South Carolina to work for the family company a vastly successful land developing conglomerate. If Caro drinks a little too much for Clay’s liking, he knows the reason why, and he takes comfort in the fact that she can escape to the island in the Lowcountry that her beloved Granddaddy left her. Wild and seemingly timeless, the island is a place of incomparable, breathtaking beauty and it is the one place where Caroline can lose herself and simply forget. Roaming the island is a band of wild ponies, whose freedom and spirit have captivated Caro since she was a child. When she learns that her husband must either develop the island or lose the company that he spent his whole life building, she is devastated. The Lowcountry is Caroline’s heritage the one constant she believed would never change. A resort would not only tame and therefore destroy the island she loves but what will happen to the wild ponies? Spurred to action and inspired with new purpose, Caroline must confront the part of herself that she has numbed with alcohol and careful avoidance, and she must reconsider her priorities what is important that she would die for it? In fighting to save the island her island Caroline draws on an inner strength that forces her to reconsider her role in society, her marriage, and, ultimately, herself. Low Country is a story of personal renewal and transformation one woman’s proper Old South upbringing and expectations colliding with the new South’s runaway prosperity. It is magnificently told, and it is Anne Rivers Siddons at her absolute best. Praise for Anne Rivers Siddons’s bestselling Up Island ‘Up Island is Siddons at her best.’ USA Today ‘Prose soars into lyrical poetry; the power of her descriptions burns an image into both mind and heart.’ Milwakee Journal Sentinel ‘ Siddons engages the reader on every page. With its marvelous evocation of landscape and superb delineation of character Up Island is a rewarding and wise book.’ Cleveland Plain Dealer’Up Island is an emotionally truthful, satisfying story.’ Orlando Sentinel Tribune ‘Old and new Siddons readers will undoubtedly delight in Molly’s charisma and humor and admire her willingness to create a new family and a new life.’ Southern Living’Another winner by the prolific Anne Rivers Siddons.’ Seattle Times
I set this story back in my own dreaming, small town South, in my own time, 1961: that suspended time swung between two epochs that shaped America for good and all. I think I chose it because that turbulent transition was the greatest epiphany of my life, a crossing from the sweet, insular world I knew to another one, volatile and frightening and yet entirely necessary and right. Anne Rivers SiddonsPeyton is not ready to share her widowed father with anyone, let alone a barely remembered cousin who just rolled into town, a cousin who smokes cigarettes and drives a pink Thunderbird. However, her father seems to like Nora well enough, and she does make for good conversation at the Losers Club, and prim Aunt Augusta hates her, which raises Nora slightly in Peyton’s esteem. Maybe she isn’t so bad maybe Nora is just what quiet Lytton, Georgia, needs this summer. The whole household is revitalized by Nora’s energy, and when she takes a job teaching the first integrated honors class at the local high school, it looks as if she might stay on forever. But soon it becomes clear that something is troubling Nora deeply. Peyton believes that whatever it is, it must be more than the snide comments made by neighbors who don’t like her ‘unsouthern’ ways. Nora always laughs that off. It has to be something from her past that’s bothering her, something she is running away from. When the shocking truth comes to light, it stuns the residents of their small segregated town. It also teaches Peyton the enormous cost of loving and the necessity of doing it anyway.
Anny Butler is a caretaker, a nurturer, first for her own brothers and sisters, and then as a director of an agency devoted to the welfare of children. What she has never had is a real family. That changes when she meets and marries Lewis Aiken, an exuberant surgeon fifteen years older than Anny. When they marry, she finds her family not a traditional one, but a group of Charleston childhood friends who are inseparable, who are one another’s surrogate family. They are called the Scrubs, and they all, in some way, have the common cord of family. Instantly upon meeting them at the old beach house on Sullivan’s Island, which they co own, Anny knows that she has found home and family. They vow that, when the time comes, they will find a place where they can live together by the sea. Bad things begin to happen a hurricane, a fire, deaths but still the remaining Scrubs cling together. They are watched over and bolstered by Camilla Curry, the heart and core of their group, always the healer. Anny herself allows Camilla to enfold and to care for her. It is the first time she has felt this kind of love and support.
From bestselling author Anne Rivers Siddons comes a bittersweet and finely wrought story of friendship, family, and Charleston society. At twelve, Emily Parmenter knows alone all too well. Left mostly to herself after her beautiful young mother disappeared and her beloved older brother died, Emily is keenly aware of yearning and loss. Rather than be consumed by sadness, she has built a life around the faded plantation where her remote father and hunting obsessed brothers raise the legendary Lowcountry Boykin hunting spaniels. It is a meager, narrow, masculine world, but to Emily it has magic: the storied deep sea dolphins who come regularly to play in Sweetwater Creek; her extraordinary bond with the beautiful dogs she trains; her almost mystic communion with her own spaniel, Elvis; the dreaming old Lowcountry itself. Emily hides from the dreaded world here. It is enough. And then comes Lulu Foxworth, troubled daughter of a truly grand plantation, who has run away from her hectic Charleston debutante season to spend a healing summer with the quiet marshes and river, and the life giving dogs. Where Emily’s father sees their guest as an entr e to a society he thought forever out of reach, Emily is at once threatened and mystified. Lulu has a powerful enchantment of her own, and this, along with the dark, crippling secret she brings with her, will inevitably blow Emily’s magical water world apart and let the real one in but at a terrible price. Poignant and emotionally compelling, Anne Rivers Siddons’s Sweetwater Creek draws you into the luminous landscape of the Lowcountry. With characters that linger long after you’ve turned the last page, this engaging tale is destined to become an instant classic.
Acclaimed novelist Anne Rivers Siddons’s new novel is a stunning tale of love and loss. For as long as she can remember, they were Cam and Lilly happily married, totally in love with each other, parents of a beautiful family, and partners in life. Then, after decades of marriage, it ended as every great love story does…
in loss. After Cam’s death, Lilly takes a lone road trip to her and Cam’s favorite spot on the remote coast of Maine, the place where they fell in love over and over again, where their ghosts still dance. There, she looks hard to her past to a first love that ended in tragedy; to falling in love with Cam; to a marriage filled with exuberance, sheer life, and safety to try to figure out her future. It is a journey begun with tender memories and culminating in a revelation that will make Lilly re evaluate everything she thought was true about her husband and her marriage.
Anne Rivers Siddons invites you into her home and her heartIn this collection of heartfelt and involving vignettes, Anne Rivers Siddons the beloved bestselling author of Downtown, Hill Towns, and Colony offers a stirring and insightful look at our everyday world and how one woman has chosen to live in it. Moving from memories of her gentle grandfather to her uncanny ability to attract stray animals, Siddons’ intimate stories of her family are graced with the same poetic lilt and vibrant detail that have so wonderfully served her novels. For all those who know and love her works of fiction, John Chancellor Makes Me Cry is a glorious and thoroughly entertaining treat.