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Midnight in the garden of good and evil : a Savannah story / John Berendt.


"Shots rang out in Savannah's grandest mansion in the misty, early morning hours of May 2, 1981. Was it murder or self-defense? For nearly a decade, the shooting and its aftermath reverberated throughout this hauntingly beautiful city of moss-hung oaks and shaded squares. John Berendt's sharply observed, suspenseful, and witty narrative reads like a thoroughly engrossing novel, and yet it is a work of nonfiction. Berendt skillfully interweaves a hugely entertaining first-person account of life in this isolated remnant of the Old South with the unpredictable twists and turns of a landmark murder case." "It is a spellbinding story peopled by a gallery of remarkable characters: the well-bred society ladies of the Married Woman's Card Club; the turbulent young redneck gigolo; the hapless recluse who owns a bottle of poison so powerful it could kill every man, woman, and child in Savannah; the aging and profane Southern belle who is the "soul of pampered self-absorption"; the uproariously funny black drag queen; the acerbic and arrogant antiques dealer; the sweet-talking, piano-playing con artist; young blacks dancing the minuet at the black debutante ball; and Minerva, the voodoo priestess who works her magic in the graveyard at midnight. These and other Savannahians act as a Greek chorus, with Berendt revealing the alliances, hostilities, and intrigues that thrive in a town where everyone knows everyone else." "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story is a sublime and seductive reading experience. Brilliantly conceived and masterfully written, this enormously engaging portrait of a most beguiling southern city is certain to become a modern classic."--BOOK JACKET.

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  • ISBN: 0679429220
  • ISBN: 9780679429227
  • ISBN: 0679643419
  • ISBN: 9780679643418
  • Physical Description: 388 pages ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Random House, 1994.

Content descriptions

General Note:
Publisher, publishing date and paging may vary.
Formatted Contents Note:
An Evening in Mercer House -- Destination Unknown -- Sentimental Gentleman -- Settling In -- Inventor -- Lady of Six Thousand Songs -- Grand Empress of Savannah -- Sweet Georgia Brown's -- A Walking Streak of Sex -- It Ain't Braggin' If Y'Really Done It -- News Flash -- Gunplay -- Checks and Balances -- Party of the Year -- Civic Duty -- Trial -- A Hole in the Floor -- Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil -- Lafayette Square, We Are Here -- Sonny -- Notes on a Rerun -- Pod -- Lunch -- Black Minuet -- Talk of the Town -- Another Story -- Lucky Number -- Glory -- And the Angels Sing.
Study Program Information Note:
Accelerated Reader UG 6.2 21.0 19791.
Accelerated Reader AR UG 6.2 21 19791.
Awards Note:
Lambda Literary Award, 1994
Subject: Williams, Jim, 1931-1990.
Trials (Murder) > Georgia > Savannah.
Savannah (Ga.) > Social life and customs.
Savannah (Ga.) > History.

Available copies

  • 75 of 80 copies available at Missouri Evergreen. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Festus Public. (Show)
  • 0 of 1 copy available at Festus Public Library.


  • 0 current holds with 80 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Festus Public Library 975.8 Berendt (Text) 32017000030956 Adult Non-Fiction Checked out 02/26/2024

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