Anne Rivers Siddons books in order
Anne Rivers Siddons, born Sybil Anne Rivers, was a renowned American author of horror, women's fiction, and southern fiction novels.
She also wrote a non-fiction novel, John Chancellor Makes Me Cry (1975).
Born in Fairburn, Georgia, she attended Auburn University and was a member of the Delta Delta Delta sorority.
Although she had initially studied architecture, Anne Rivers majored in illustration before proceeding to work in advertising after graduation.
Keen about writing, something she did even while in Auburn University where she wrote a column for the student newspaper, her desire to write led her to a career in journalism.
As an author, Anne Rivers made her debut with the bestselling Heartbreak Hotel (1976), and quickly followed it up with The House Next Door (1978), with both novels receiving film adaptations.
She married Heyward Siddons at the age of thirty and the two were together until his death in 2014.
Anne Rivers died on September 11, 2019 aged 83.
Genres: Horror, Non-fiction, Southern Fiction, Women's Fiction
- Heartbreak Hotel (1976)
- The House Next Door (1978)
- Fox's Earth (1981)
- Homeplace (1987)
- Peachtree Road (1989)
- Kings 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)
- John Chancellor Makes Me Cry (1975)
- Go Straight on Peachtree: A McDonald City Guide to Atlanta (1978)
- Trilogy of Romances (2004)
- Low Country / Up Island (2006)
- Rapunzel (2006)
Detailed book overview
A 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 Jr. 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.
Director: Martin Davidson
Cast: Ally Sheedy, Virginia Madsen, Phoebe Cates, Don Michael Paul, Kurtwood Smith, Richard Bradford, Treat Williams
An unparalleled picture of that vibrant but dark intersection where the Old and the New South collide.
Thirtysomething Colquitt and Walter Kennedy live in a charming, peaceful suburb of newly bustling Atlanta, Georgia. Life is made up of enjoyable work, long, lazy weekends, and the company of good neighbors. Then, to their shock, construction starts on the vacant lot next door, a wooded hillside they'd believed would always remain undeveloped.
Disappointed by their diminished privacy, Colquitt and Walter soon realize something more is wrong with the house next door. Surely the house can’t be haunted, yet it seems to destroy the goodness of every person who comes to live in it, until the entire heart of this friendly neighborhood threatens to be torn apart.
Director: Jeff Woolnough
Cast: Lara Flynn Boyle, Colin Ferguson, Noam Jenkins, Julie Stewart, Heather Hanson, Charlotte Sullivan, Natalie Lisinska, Aidan Devine, Stephen Amell, Mark-Paul Gosselaar
The dark but seductive tale of five generations of Southern women and the house that was 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 successful 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.
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.
In the uncertain ‘60s, four young women came together as sorority sisters on a Southern campus: elegant Kate; sensitive, sensible Cecie; sexy, vibrant and richer-than-sin Ginger; and poor, hopeless, brilliant Fig. At Nag’s Head, North Carolina, over the course of two idyllic spring breaks, their bonds of friendship were strengthened into something rare and powerfully binding. Now, thirty years later, they are returning to the isolated strip of barrier islands, hoping to recapture what has been lost—the love, the enthusiasm, the passion—and to finally understand what pulled them apart and cast them adrift.
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 possess the strength to keep the colony intact; and Maine native Micah Willis, who is ultimately Maude's truest friend.
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 30 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.
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.
A classic from New York Times bestselling author Anne Rivers Siddons, Fault Lines is the powerful and deeply moving story of three women on a life-changing road trip up the California coast. Pat Conroy (The Prince of Tides) says that Siddons, “ranks among the best of us and delivers the goods—the whole fabulous package—with every book she writes.”
From childhood, Molly Bell Redwine was taught by her charismatic, domineering mother that "family is everything." But no one warned Molly that family can change unexpectedly. In rapid succession, her husband of more than twenty years abandons her for a younger woman, her mother dies, and her Atlanta clan scatters to the four winds. Molly is set adrift in a heartbeat.
With her old world crumbling, Molly takes refuge with a friend on Martha's Vineyard, hoping to come to terms with who she truly is. When the summer season ends, Molly decides to stay on, renting a small cottage on a remote up-island pond—becoming part of an odd, new, very real family that taxes her old outworn notions. And as the long Vineyard winter approaches, Molly braces herself for the arduous task she must undertake: a search for renewal and identity, and the strength to carry her through to the warm and healing spring.
Caroline Venable has everything her Southern heritage promised: money, prestige, a powerful husband—and a predictable routine of country-club luncheons, cocktail parties, and dinners hosting her husband's wealthy friends, clients, and associates in his successful land-developing conglomerate.
To escape her stifling routine, Caro drinks a little too much. But her true solace is the Lowcountry island her beloved Granddaddy left her—an oasis of breathtaking beauty that is home to a band of wild ponies. When Caro learns that her husband must develop the island or lose the business, she is devastated. The Lowcountry is her heritage—and what will happen to the ponies whose spirit and freedom have captivated her since childhood?
Saving the island could cost Caroline more than she ever imagined. To succeed, she must confront the part of herself numbed by alcohol and careful avoidance—and shatter long-held ideals about her role in society, her marriage, and ultimately, herself.
Peyton is not ready to share her widowed father with anyone, let alone a barely remembered cousin who just rolled into town. However, her father seems to like Nora well enough, and prim Aunt Augusta hates her, which raises Nora slightly in Peyton's esteem. Maybe Nora is just what quiet Lytton, Georgia, needs this summer.
The whole household is revitalized by Nora's energy, and it looks like she might stay on forever. But soon it becomes clear that something is troubling Nora deeply. 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.
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 entrée 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.
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.
Growing up, the only place tomboy Thayer Wentworth felt at home was at her summer camp - Camp Sherwood Forest in the North Carolina Mountains. It was there that she came alive and where she met Nick Abrams, her first love...and first heartbreak.
Years later, Thayer marries Aengus, an Irish professor, and they move into her deceased grandmother's house in Atlanta, only miles from Camp Edgewood on Burnt Mountain where her father died years ago in a car accident. There, Aengus and Thayer lead quiet and happy lives until Aengus is invited up to the camp to tell old Irish tales to the campers.
As Aengus spends less time at home and becomes more distant, Thayer must confront dark secrets-about her mother, her first love, and, most devastating of all, her husband.
For fifteen years, four "girls of August" would gather together to spend a week at the beach, until tragedy interrupts their ritual. Now they reunite for a startling week of discoveries.
The ritual began when they were in their twenties and their husbands were in medical school, and became a mainstay of every summer thereafter. Their only criteria was oceanfront and isolation, their only desire to strengthen their far-flung friendships. They called themselves the Girls of August. But when one of the Girls dies tragically, the group slowly drifts apart and their vacations together are brought to a halt.
Years later, a new marriage reunites them and they decide to come together once again on a remote barrier island off the South Carolina coast. There, far from civilization, the women uncover secrets that will change them in ways they never expected.
When this book was first published in 1975, it marked the debut of a brilliant literary talent. Siddon's readers will immediately recognize the same rich poetic prose, deft characterization, and vibrant detail that have since graced her bestselling novels. These essays combine threads of humor, intelligence, and sensitivity to create a stirring, uniquely insightful account of the everyday world, as fresh and relevant as ever.
In this captivating novel, renowned author Anne Rivers Siddons immerses readers in the vibrant and complex world of Atlanta. Set against the backdrop of the city's bustling streets and lush suburbs, the story follows a diverse cast of characters whose lives intersect and intertwine in unexpected ways.
At the heart of the narrative is a young woman named CeeCee Johnson, whose dreams of success and independence collide with the challenges of love, family, and societal expectations. Siddons skillfully explores themes of identity, ambition, and the enduring power of friendship, painting a vivid portrait of a city in flux and the individuals who strive to find their place within it.
With her evocative prose and keen insight into the human condition, Siddons crafts a compelling tale that explores the complexities of life in the modern South. "Go Straight on Peachtree" is a poignant and thought-provoking novel that will resonate with readers long after the final page is turned.
Love Makers by Judith Gould Read by Katie Segal - The first of four generations of women who fight with passion for what they want, Elizabeth becomes the ruler of a vast hotel empire--and learns that to "have it all" carries a powerful price.
Garden of Lies by Eileen Goudge - Read by Tovah Feldshuh - From Publishers Weekly: - At age 11, Conway left the arduous life on her family's sheep farm in the Australian outback for school in war-time Sydney. "A lively curiosity and penetrating intellect illuminate this unusually objective account of the author's progress from a solitary childhood--the most appealing part of the narrative--to public achievement as president of Smith College and now professor at MIT"
Outer Banks - Anne Rivers Siddons read by Kate Nelligan - Elegant Kate, walking a tightrope over an abyss of lies..sensitive, sensible, self-contained Cecie..Ginger, the heiress, sexy, vibrant, richer than sin..and poor, hopeless, brilliant Fig -- they came together as sorority sisters on a Southern campus in the '60s. Four young women bound by rare, blinding, early friendship -- they spend two idyllic spring breaks at Nag's Head, North Carolina, the isolated strip of barrier islands where grand old weatherbeaten houses perch defiantly on the edge of a storm-tossed sea. Now thirty years later, they are coming back. They are coming back to recapture the exquisite magic of those early years..to experience again the love, the enthusiasm, the passion, pain, and cruel-betrayal that shaped the four young girls into women and set them all adrift on the..Outer Banks.
The remarkable New York Times bestselling fiction of Anne Rivers Siddons has captured the hearts and imaginations of readers the world over, transporting them to lush and beautifully evoked settings while entwining them in the lives of truly unforgettable characters. Now two of the author's most beloved and critically acclaimed masterworks have been combined in one volume.
In Up Island, Molly Bell Redwine -- who has always believed that "family is everything" -- is abruptly set adrift by the abandonment of a faithless husband, the death of her domineering mother, and the scattering of her Atlanta clan. Taking refuge with a friend on Martha's Vineyard, Molly's search for strength and a new identity must sustain her through the harsh island winter until she finds renewal in the healing spring.
Low Country is the story of Caroline Venable, wealthy, pampered, and dutiful Southern wife, who must make hard decisions and reimagine the life she's never questioned when the beloved wild island that is her heritage and her refuge is suddenly threatened.
After a happy childhood picking herbs, making potions, healing the sick and helping the local villagers, Rapunzel grows into a beautiful young woman - and suddenly finds herself locked in a tower. But this is Rapunzel as you've never seen her before - tough, sassy, a survivor, a lover, a fighter - and life has a whole lot more in store for her yet....
Set in Italy, the home of this ancient folk tale, Rapunzel or The Magic Pig is a lively, funny, passionate story of abandonment and loyalty, love and betrayal, complete with mafia bosses, magic bushes, evil princes and a wonderfully helpful pig.