Literary Precedents for At Home in Mitford

Jan Karon
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Although Eudora Welty's Delta Wedding (1946) does not have a minister as the protagonist, her gentle satire of rural and small town life in Mississippi is similar to Karon's portrayal of Mitford with its shopkeepers, eccentric characters, secrets, and love stories.

Olive Ann Burns's Cold Sassy Tree (1984; see separate entry) has similarities to Karon's At Home in Mitford. Modern-day Mitford and early 1900s Cold Sassy are both small southern towns.

Burns's developing love story of lonely widower Rucker Blakeslee and his youthful, attractive employee Love Simpson is somewhat parallel to Father Tim's and Cynthia's love story. Will Tweedy, Rucker's grandson is much like Dooley.

Several British novels have similarities to Karon's Mitford series. The Church of England is an important institution in these novels, just as the American Episcopal Church is prominent in Karon's books. For example, George Eliot's Middlemarch (1872) has a mid-1800s village setting, like...

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