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Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias meet Dracula in this Southern flavored supernatural thriller set in the s about a women s book club that must protect its suburban community from a mysterious and handsome stranger who turns out to be a blood sucking fiendPatricia Campbell had always planned for a big life, but after giving up her career as a nurse to marry an ambitious doctor and become a mother, Patricia s life has never felt smaller The days are long, her kids are ungrateful, her husband is distant, and her to do list is never really done The one thing she has to look forward to is her book club, a group of Charleston mothers united only by their love for true crime and suspenseful fiction In these meetings, they re likely to discuss the FBI s recent siege of Waco as much as the ups and downs of marriage and motherhoodBut when an artistic and sensitive stranger moves into the neighborhood, the book club s meetings turn into speculation about the newcomer Patricia is initially attracted to him, but when some local children go missing, she starts to suspect the newcomer is involved She begins her own investigation, assuming that he s a Jeffrey Dahmer or Ted Bundy What she uncovers is far terrifying, and soon she and her book club are the only people standing between the monster they ve invited into their homes and their unsuspecting community DNF 63%Go ahead, call me a quitter I can take it In fact, I own it.Touted as Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias meet Dracula unfounded comparisons in my opinion this novel at times felt like too much, yet somehow not enough Much like the bored housewives within these pages who find themselves bogged down with daily chores, family obligations, child rearing, and their sexist and controlling husbands, I yearned forThe author loosely connects these women with a book club that take DNF 63%Go ahead, call me a quitter I can take it In fact, I own it.Touted as Fried Green Tomatoes and Steel Magnolias meet Dracula unfounded comparisons in my opinion this novel at times felt like too much, yet somehow not enough Much like the bored housewives within these pages who find themselves bogged down with daily chores, family obligations, child rearing, and their sexist and controlling husbands, I yearned forThe author loosely connects these women with a book club that takes on a few iterations as the story progresses, but doesn t necessarily feed into the entirety of the story In my mind, I envisioned tough broads with some semblance of sisterhood and instead was faced with wishy washy support at best This is a novel about women, written by a man, and from someone who frequents the women s fiction space, it shows There are some gory which I didn t mind and cheeky moments that give life to the storyline, but I found the impact was lessened by the various topics introduced The author hits pause on the vampire aspect of the storyline to touch on sexism, misogyny, suicide, social inequality, racism, child abuse, domestic abuse, and controlling behavior I so badly wanted the author to pick a lane Was he trying to relay the story of women slaying vampires or making some misguided attempt to give every issue page time At 63% no slaying had taken place Don t even get me started on the insectoid appendage It very well may be that this novel comes together for a spectacular conclusion, but the wonky execution thus far leads me to believe not And honestly, I don t care enough to stick it outThank you to Quirk Books for providing a review copy in exchange for sharing my honest thoughts. People s refusal to see sexism and harmful representation when it looks them straight in the face is what led this book to have such great reviews Some even applaud the male author for being so good at writing female characters and I sit here flabbergasted, trying make my brain comprehend how they came to that conclusion.Let s get the obvious out of the way I m a white man so clearly my perspective is limited I m stating how I perceived the book and as someone who is super keen to read book People s refusal to see sexism and harmful representation when it looks them straight in the face is what led this book to have such great reviews Some even applaud the male author for being so good at writing female characters and I sit here flabbergasted, trying make my brain comprehend how they came to that conclusion.Let s get the obvious out of the way I m a white man so clearly my perspective is limited I m stating how I perceived the book and as someone who is super keen to read books by authors preferably OwnVoices that care about good representation, this one fell awfully flat Did a big ugly noise when it landed, too Most people that left reviews on here seem to be white as well, which might explain the missing criticism of the representation of women, but especially POCs in this book.I was so excited to read it The title tells you everything you need to know about the book and the cover is gorgeous It s a quick read and I finished it in less than a day mostly because I wanted to get it over with and didn t want to have to pick it up again the next day But honestly, the first 200 pages or so were decent I enjoyed myself I noticed that the Black characters in the book were only ever unnamed waiters or caregivers without speaking roles and it felt iffy, but I was ready to give the author the benefit of the doubt He still had a lot of pages to turn things around.I guess what s helpful to know is that the book is set in America s Deep South in the 80 s and 90 s But the author took that as an excuse to push Black characters to the sidelines Mrs Greene, a Black woman hired to take care of the main character s mother, eventually becomes part of the vampire slaying book club, but the white saviour narrative displayed in the book is still tasteless To add insult to injury, it seems like the evil vampire is also a racist one because he only ever murders Black people And this leads us to another role that Black characters had in the novel to be killed Either through lynchings or through the hands of the vampire And of course all Black people in the book lived in a poor settlement where the female white main characters had to be scared to walk the streets Now you can cry BUT historical accuracy but honestly, there s a vampire in this book, so your argument is invalid If a vampire isrealistic than a Black person with a degree or a nice suburban house, there s definitely something wrong.I could probably saybut one of the reasons why I was so attentive when it came to the representation was Mikki Kendall s Hood Feminism Notes from the Women That a Movement Forgot, which was the last book I read before I picked this one up While the two books aren t at all related, Mikki Kendall s essays about structural racism, privilege, white feminism, etc made a stark contrast to this Vampire slaying book So I guess what I m saying is, if you re still debating reading The Southern Book Club s Guide to Vampire Slaying, consider picking up Hood Feminism instead.I do want to talk about the presentation of the female characters though I ve seen a few reviewers call the characters one dimensional and crude, which is accurate I guess theI read, the less willing I was to let things slide and soon both plot and characters completely deteriorated None of these women seemed to be able to pick a husband that isn t a dick, none of them gave a damn about female friendships and they acted irrationally around their children, too I m not advocating for female characters to be respectable so they can be called feminist That s not how it works But when you intend to write good rep and this is all you come up with, then that s not exactly what I would call fully fleshed complex female characters But of course, this male horror author had to go one step further Of course he had to make unnecessary comments about their breasts and pubes, of course horror wouldn t be horror if female characters didn t experience physical violation of their bodies in the form of rape and abuse No, your book is not feminist just because your female characters say That s sexist once I m really tired of horror authors relying on tropes like the violation of women s bodies and Nazi symbolism, just to throw that in too to create discomfort It s like comedians that can only be funny when they ridicule women and marginalised people.Oh one thing I d like to add this, let s call it shortcoming is not just the author s fault We tend to forget that behind a published book there s a team of editors, there s a publisher that decided to give the book a nice cover and release it the way it was It s this whole industry that needs to do better, that needs to check their priorities and their privilege Or else we ll getquestionable books like this.At the end of the day there was no room left for any shred of patience on my part, which is why I m giving this a really bitter rating of one star Then she got in her Volvo and hoped Grace was right and this was all just a product of the overactive imagination of a stupid little housewife with too much free time on her hands If it was, she promised herself, tomorrow she would vacuum her curtains I FREAKIN LOVED THIS I loved every single dark, funny, gory minute of this book I m in no way qualified to talk about best and worst books, but I can say with absolute certainty that this is my favourite book so far this year.For the first Then she got in her Volvo and hoped Grace was right and this was all just a product of the overactive imagination of a stupid little housewife with too much free time on her hands If it was, she promised herself, tomorrow she would vacuum her curtains I FREAKIN LOVED THIS I loved every single dark, funny, gory minute of this book I m in no way qualified to talk about best and worst books, but I can say with absolute certainty that this is my favourite book so far this year.For the first few chapters of The Southern Book Club, I thought I had it pegged as the easiest, breeziest, sweet tea pecan pie of a novel A kind of True Blood, if Sookie Stackhouse was ten years older and ran a book club Which, don t get me wrong, sounds utterly fabulous, but it actually ended up being waythan I expected It goes to some really dark places, so a quick warning to those sensitive to sexual assault and domestic abuse off page.I m not quite sure how best to describe this In some ways, it s a heartwarming and funny story about a you guessed it Southern book club There s so much female friendship and a good few laughs, but despite how the title and cover look, it isn t campy like I feared In fact, as well as being fun, this book made me really frustrated and angry in parts I hate it and can t stop angry reading when women are patronized and gaslighted Reading about gaslighting really makes me anxious, and the way the women in this book are talked down to because they are silly housewives made my blood boil.But that s the whole point In the author s note, Hendrix states that he wanted to pit Dracula against my mom It s a nod to those women who carry out the majority of the childcare and household chores, as well as shouldering the emotional burden And, hell, these housewives might vacuum their curtains and freeze 60 sandwiches at the beginning of the month for school lunches, but they have some serious claws In every book we read, no one ever thought anything bad was happening until it was too late This is where we live, it s where our children live, it s our home Don t you want to do absolutely everything you can to keep it safePatricia has read enough true crime novels to know a threat when she sees it So when a mysterious stranger comes to town and threatens their neighborhood and their children, Patrica, Kitty, Maryellen, Slick, Grace and Mrs Greene are absolutely NOT about to take it lying down God, I love these women They re not the stereotypical badass heroines , which makes them so truly, genuinely badass The book lightly pokes fun at them, but in a warm, good natured wayHow s your ear She swallowed part of it, Patricia said I m so sorry, Slick said Those really were nice earringsNormally I would summarize at the end of my review by saying how fun or intense or moving it was, but I don t know which angle to go for because this book was all those things This book made me laugh and it made me anxious and I just loved it It s too bad that it ended in a perfect place because I would definitely sign up for a Southern Book Club series.Facebook Instagram I really think that Grady Hendrix has written his best book yet, and he did it all while dressed as a penguin Not a lot of people know this, but in the two years it took him to write SOUTHERN BOOK CLUB he wore the exact same penguin costume every day while he wrote By the time this book was finished that costume was a rancid, disgusting mess and he had to have it pulled from his body by hooks and burned because it was a biohazard.