It is Peter Taylor's Pulitzer prize winning A Summons to Memphis, which I am finding insanely enjoyable. It's such a great Southern novel... with all its idiosyncrasies, and old-money, and plain people, and being only allowed to "deb" in one city and that's it, and people saying the most offensive things and still sounding like they are paying you a great compliment:
"Nashville," the old woman had said, "is a city of schools and churches, wheras Memphis is-- well, Memphis is something else again. Memphis is a place of steamboats and cotton gins, of card playing and hotel society. Anyway," the woman went on to say to Mother, "you, my dear Minta, will love Memphis."
I find it VERY funny that the search committee, or whoever was in charge of putting together the goodie-bag, thought about which books to include and picked Taylor's story. It is a novel about an Old South family moving to Memphis and subsequently falling apart. Not exactly the type of story you want to share with someone you are trying to CONVINCE to move there, is it?!