Southern author of short stories, novels
Doris Betts, 79, a novelist and writing teacher best known for short stories and novels that evoke the geography and mores of the South, died of lung cancer Saturday at her home in Pittsboro, N.C., her son Erskine said.
Betts was best known for her novel "Souls Raised From the Dead," which won the Southern Book Award in 1995. It concerns a dysfunctional family grappling with fate, faith and the limits of love. "Betts skillfully crosses generations with impressive knowledge of idioms, vocabulary and cultural tastes," Los Angeles Times reviewer Valerie Miner wrote.