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Tuesday, July 8th, 2008
9:57 pm
Summer Reading
Been doing a lot of reading so far this Summer. Not many Southern books but I finally used a B&N gift card and came home with:

Garden Spells - Sarah Addison Allen

Gotta love a book where an apple tree is a main character. Read it in three days flat. It's wonderfully odd and quirky and set in small town North Carolina. That's where I'm from so I could relate. It's about a family with unusual 'powers'. The whole town is wary and envious of them at once. I thought that was strange since everybody in this town seems to have something 'special' about them. It is very well written - lovely descriptive language. The apple tree is a hoot as is Evanelle. She's written another book which I'll report

Current Mood: calm
Monday, April 21st, 2008
9:26 pm
Recent Reads
I have recently read three books set in the South - one bad, one good, one indifferent.

The Devil in the Junior League - Linda Francis Lee

This was sheer fluff but I did enjoy it. If you've lived in the land of country clubs it's hard not to recognize the characters. Set in Texas, our heroine is queen of the Junior League and all she surveys until her hubby cheats on her and takes all her money. In order to fix this AND keep the whole ordeal hush-hush, she has to enlist the services of her new-money neighbor who is a shark of a lawyer. The fee? Get his tres tacky wife into the League. It's pretty funny, actually, and the heroine is somewhat redeemed by the whole experience. It would be a nice poolside diversion this Summer.

Big Stone Gap - Adriana Trigiani

This one was set in the mountains of Virginia, but that's where the Southern thing ends. The heroine is a thirty-something, second generation Italian immigrant who has landed in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. It's all about her coming to terms with her identity and her heritage. She also finds love but I just couldn't come to terms with her choice. She ends up with a coal miner which never made any sense to me because she is such a smart, sophisticated character. I mean, he's nice and all but I just couldn't see it. This book just never caught my imagination.

The Firefly Cloak - Sheri Reynolds

But this one did. I think I read it in a day. The heroine is a young girl looking for the mother who left her in a campground with her little brother when she was a child. All she has to remember her mother by is the 'firefly cloak' she was wrapped in at the time. She grows up with a loving grandmother and the story is told from each woman's point of view. It's all about mothering and daughtering and intention and regret, longing, loss, forgiveness - fabulous stuff. It's set somewhere on the Eastern Shore. I took it to be Virginia, but it could be Maryland. Still, there's enough rich, mystical imagery to fit the Southern genre. I loved it.

Current Mood: tired
Thursday, February 14th, 2008
4:55 pm
Favorite Quotes
Well, still no official members. Thought I'd start off a conversation anyway.

What are your favorite quotes from Southern novels?

Here are some of mine. Can you guess which books?

"Neighbors bring food with death and flowers with sickness and little things in between."

"A heart can be broken, but it will keep beating just the same."

And there's a quote from one of the Ya-ya books that I can't find. Maybe somebody can help. Vivian is talking about how everybody is walking around with little hairline cracks all over them and if others could only see the cracks they'd be more careful what they say. I really identified with that quote but now I can't find it.

Current Mood: geeky
Sunday, February 3rd, 2008
10:20 pm
This community was sort of a spur of the moment effort on my part because I was appalled that there wasn't a Southern fiction community already. So I started one, about 15 minutes ago, which is why it is so fetching and informative. In the future I will dress it up and hopefully soon friends will begin appearing who can help me think of more interests to add (i.e. books and authors). Currently my brain is fried like okra. I should probably go about inviting those friends, but tomorrow is another day.

Current Mood: creative
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