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Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil: A Savannah Story
Contributor(s): Berendt, John (Author)

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ISBN: 0679751521     ISBN-13: 9780679751526
Publisher: Vintage
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Binding Type: Paperback - See All Available Formats & Editions
Published: June 1999

Annotation: 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 is a sublime and seductive reading experience. Brilliantly conceived and masterfully written, this enormously engaging portrait of a most beguiling Southern city has become a modern classic.
Additional Information
BISAC Categories:
- True Crime | Murder - General
Dewey: 975.8
LCCN: 93003955
Physical Information: 0.87" H x 5.12" W x 8.12" (0.66 lbs) 400 pages
- Chronological Period - 1980's
- Cultural Region - Deep South
- Geographic Orientation - Georgia
Features: Price on Product, Table of Contents
Awards: Lambda Literary Awards, Winner, Men's Mystery, 1994
Review Citations: Ingram Advance 07/01/1999 pg. 10
Accelerated Reader Info
Quiz #: 19791
Reading Level: 6.2   Interest Level: Upper Grades   Point Value: 21.0
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