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Southern Discomfort: Disturbing Literature set in the American South

Why does literature set in the American South so often feature disturbing plotlines? Violence, discrimination and all kinds of abuse are just a chapter away. Although these books can be disturbing, they are also riveting reads. It’s hard to ignore the work of William Faulkner and Tennessee Williams for long.

When you click through to see this list, you will see a couple of novels from RJ Ellory – of sock puppetry infamy – are included. We put together this feature long before his fake reviews became a news story and decided to keep the books on there. We’re forgiving types.

See our list of disturbing literature from the American South.

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