Books by Anne Rivers Siddons

Anne Rivers Siddons is a New York Times bestselling author. Her books include Colony, Downtown, Fault Lines, Heartbreak Hotel, Hill Towns, Homeplace, John Chancellor Makes Me Cry, Kings Oak, Low Country, Nora, Nora, Outer Banks, Peachtree Road, The House


THE GIRLS OF AUGUST by Anne Rivers Siddons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 8, 2014

"A slight bagatelle in which even the weightiest topics are sloughed off like suntan lotion in a tropical rainstorm."
Three old friends and one newbie try to revive a vacation tradition, with mixed results. Read full book review >
BURNT MOUNTAIN by Anne Rivers Siddons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 19, 2011

"Siddons is at her usual incisive best at skewering the mores of socially pretentious Southerners, and her prose is limpid and mesmerizing, but the grand gignol denouement beggars belief."
Summer camps play a pivotal role in the life of a young Atlanta heiress. Read full book review >
OFF SEASON by Anne Rivers Siddons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 13, 2008

"The inadequately foreshadowed surprise ending involves an ultimate betrayal that will dismay readers almost as much as it does Lilly."
A widow returns to her family cottage in Maine, her late husband's ashes and ornery cat in tow, and ponders her first experience of love and loss. Read full book review >
ISLANDS by Anne Rivers Siddons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 9, 2004

"The inconsistency in tone at the close is disappointing, though fans will welcome yet one more exploration of American southern life á la Siddons (<\I>Nora, Nora, 2000, etc.)."
Old South sensibilities, sparkling Charleston, and a group of aging socialites—all merge with an unshakable love for the land. Read full book review >
NORA, NORA by Anne Rivers Siddons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 2000

"Quirky family drama mixed with a Forrest Gumpish catchall of early '60s pop culture: sure to entertain, if not enlighten."
Coming-of-age tale from Siddons (Low Country, 1998, etc.) set in the South circa 1961. Read full book review >
LOW COUNTRY by Anne Rivers Siddons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1998

"A treat for Siddons fans. ($250,000 ad/promo; radio, TV & print satellite tour)"
Familiar ground for the prolific Siddons (Up Island, 1997, etc.), though her latest saga of the South replaces gothic melodrama with well-honed emotion. Read full book review >
UP ISLAND by Anne Rivers Siddons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 1, 1997

"Far-fetched but oddly compelling, this beaten-down housewife's journey to self-reliance and happiness has surprising quirks, lively characters, and actual feeling. (First printing of 250,000; Literary Guild selection; $200,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Siddons has her formula down to a science (Fault Lines, 1995, etc.), as this latest once again demonstrates. Read full book review >
FAULT LINES by Anne Rivers Siddons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 25, 1995

"An impressive leap forward for Siddonsall of the requisite thrills, much less gratuitous yanking on the heartstrings. (First serial to Good Housekeeping; Literary Guild main/Doubleday selection)"
Siddons' latest, her 11th (after Downtown, 1994), is surprisingly low on the melodrama scale: only a handful of syrupy passages and unconvincing scenes mar this highly entertaining, unabashedly lightweight southern saga. Read full book review >
DOWNTOWN by Anne Rivers Siddons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1994

"But her treatment of serious subjects like race, abortion, and the sexual revolution is troubled by ambiguity, as if she were playing both sides of these volatile issues. (First serial to Cosmopolitan; Book-of-the-Month Club main selection; $325,000 ad/promo; author tour)"
Fresh from a fictional European jaunt in last year's Hill Towns, Siddons returns to the American South to depict a sheltered young woman's first taste of independence in the late 1960s. Read full book review >
HILL TOWNS by Anne Rivers Siddons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1993

"Henry James did it better—with a whole lot more subtlety—but, still, Siddons's tried-and-true fans will be pleased. (First printing of 200,000; Literary Guild Dual Selection for September)"
Siddons' last big commercial outing (Colony, 1992) was built along a New England-Southern axis. Read full book review >
COLONY by Anne Rivers Siddons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 1992

"Fans will be doing cartwheels, and others will queue up."
If it's gothic, Siddons (Outer Banks, King's Oak, etc.) can do it, or so it would appear in this latest novel destined for commercial success. Read full book review >
OUTER BANKS by Anne Rivers Siddons
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 1, 1991

"But it won't woo readers who want to see the characters they've been following settle their problems without wild effects and plot tricks."
Yet another southern gothic twister from Siddons—though this time the author edges into the emotionally honest territory of, say, a Gail Godwin, right up until the very end, when she slams the melodramatic gas pedal to the floor. Read full book review >