In the latest novel from Susan Gregg Gilmore, sometimes you have to return to the place where you began to arrive at the place where you belong.
©2008 Susan Gregg Gilmore (P)2012 Tantor
"An unusually engaging novel by a very fine writer who knows exactly what she's doing." (Lee Smith, author of The Last Girls)
Let me start with the narrator: she has an awful fake Southern accent that grated on my nerves terribly. Eventually I got somewhat used to it, so if the story had been good, I might have been able to overlook the narrator.
Unfortunately, the story was fairly awful, as well. Gilmore is a good writer, but the story is simple, sappy, and, ultimately, boring. We've heard all this before, and the platitudes are so overdone I'm embarrassed that I wasted my credit on this selection.
I know some of the reviews of this book were off putting, but I read it anyway. And I'm glad I did. Having lived all but three of my 61 years in the South, I am always happy to visit it in a book. I loved the characters and can promise that I went to high school with a lot of them. I knew my own Emma Sue and Ruthie Morgan. And my mama knew a Gloria Jean. What wonderful characters! I have eaten a dilly bar (although we called it something else) at the Dairy Queen. And we have all looked for salvation. How wise was Eddie Franklin? Very. I went to school with him too.
I may never know whether this novel has any merit or not. The voice, accent, and phrasing of the narrator is so irritating I just can't listen to it. I gave it a go for nearly an hour and couldn't take it any longer.
Yes It was a little different from most of thi genre
Yes.. Think she painted real clear descriptions
No. Don't go to movies
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