A best-selling author of books for adults and children, Mark Childress pens his most outrageous work yet with Georgia Bottoms. The titular heroine is the epitome of the church-going Southern belle, except for one teeny-tiny aspect of her life. Georgia’s family inheritance has long since evaporated, and to maintain her genteel lifestyle, Miss Bottoms has taken six affluent lovers—the fly in the ointment being that one is a married preacher who’s about to reveal their infidelity to the whole congregation.
©2011 Mark Childress (P)2011 Recorded Books, LLC
This was a lot of fun, I usually prefer mystery or action novels but this was a good change pace. It was funny and light. I took it with me on a business trip and it made the travel pass by fast. It's a great book to escape the mundane and pass time.
You know there's trouble coming, but I was surprised each time by the way it came -- with unexpected twists and an array of cleanly, sympathetically drawn people, each singular and original. I especially loved the title character.
Loved the title character! I've enjoyed Mark Childress books ever since Crazy in Alabama kept me up all night several summers ago. Highly recommended.
But not good enough to want to finish. I guess the reader is supposed to be so surprised and engaged by the circumstances that the lack of a story wouldn't matter. The set up is a mid-thirties woman (Georgia) who supports her alzheimer/dementia mom and deadbeat brother by sleeping with the small town's leaders and by selling other people's quilts (pretending she made them). In addition, the woman has a best friend who might be a lesbian and a son who has been raised by the father's relatives. After an extremely long set up that covered many chapters, the story is about how Georgia's less-than-ideal life begins to unravel or, in my mind, continues to be less-than-ideal. The narrator does a lovely job with a syrupy-sweet Southern accent, but it wasn't enough to make up for a plodding and dull story. Instead, there are a lot of details -- the minute details about the phone sounding a million miles away as if it were under water drove me crazy -- that seemed to function in lieu of a plot.
Being from Alabama, I was disappointed that the narrator mispronounced Mobile, Biloxi and a few other colloquialisms, but the story was entertaining, if improbable. Childress did a great job writing from a woman's point of view, especially describing Georgia's choice of clothing. It's a fun beach read.
The story itself was hilarious. Debra Monk's performance made Georgia and all the other colorful characters come to life.
There were so many, but the most memorable would have to be when Georgia came clean in church about all her escapades and shenanigans.
First perfomance by Debra Monk
yes, I found myself laughing out loud at every turn
Great Listen - you won't be dissapointed with this one
The narrator didn't seem to fit the character of Georgia Bottoms.
Did not care for her voice.
I listen to a lot of drama like books, legal thrillers and such, but every now and then, I want a change. This book was just pure fun, an easy read/listen. I liked it so much that I've down loaded another by Mark Childress.
I think the scene in the church where Georgia faints to stop the preacher from confessing his sins was soooo funny!
I loved Georgia!
The unexpected turns and the hilarious details.
Georgia takes over the Sunday Morning Service!
Whether you approve or disapprove of her activities, you have to applaud her resourcefulness and cheer for her to come out on top (no pun intended!).
Yes. The performance was excellent.
I felt it ended abruptly.
Her voice, her accent, it all just fit with the story.
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