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Subject: Stories of the south...
Date Posted: 2/1/2008 4:59 PM ET
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I'm looking for stories similar to Gone With the Wind. I love stories about that era and similar to that theme.  I like old fashioned stories...

Date Posted: 2/1/2008 6:03 PM ET
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You should enjoy the new book entitled Rhett Butler's People.  Also, there is a great  old 1950's book by Frank Yerby  A Woman Named Fancy.

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Date Posted: 2/2/2008 7:42 AM ET
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Have you tried Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier? It's one of my all-time favorites. It's a bit more gothic than GWTW, but there's no happy ending, which is similar to GWTW. Both involve star-crossed lovers.

Other titles that come to mind:

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (again, a bit more on the gothic side)

Dances with Wolves by Michael Blake (I haven't read this yet. I hope to get to it this year. But the blurbs make it clear it's the same time period, and it sounds sort of tragic as well.)

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry (Another title on my TBR list for this year. Maybe a bit happier than the preceding.)

Date Posted: 2/2/2008 9:03 AM ET
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thank you for the suggestions!

I just read "No Angel" by Penny Vencenzi ( I may be spelling that incorrectly) and it was a great story. It's a family saga that takes place during WWi. It had a little bit of everything.

Date Posted: 2/2/2008 9:48 AM ET
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My favorite is HOUSE DIVIDED  by Ben Ames Williams. It is a lengthy intriguing story of a family that have members on both sides during the Civil War. It is an older novel and well worth the read.

Date Posted: 2/2/2008 10:31 AM ET
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I loved this one - The Widow of the South
Author: Robert Hicks
Book Type: Paperback

Date Posted: 2/2/2008 4:36 PM ET
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Don't forget to try out the older novels by Eugenia Price.


Subject: the Old South
Date Posted: 2/2/2008 7:09 PM ET
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On the Occasion of My Last  Afternoon by Kaye Gibbons is excellent.