I didn't just grew up in the south. I grew up on southern fiction. I moved up from children's books like Because of Winn Dixie and Bud, Not Buddy to the more intense Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry! and To Kill a Mockingbird and finally to the haunting The Color Purple and Absalom, Absalom! The fact that one branch of regional literature … Continue reading Why does the south get its own genre?