Crazy Ladies

Crazy Ladies

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From the author of Mad Girls in Love comes this lively multigenerational tale of six charming, unforgettable Southern women -- a novel of love and laughter, pain and redemption.

Though she was born in Tennessee, Miss Gussie is no country fool. A woman who can handle any situation, she has her hands full with two headstrong daughters who happen to be complete opposites -- dour Dorothy and sweet Clancy Jane. Hoping money will heal childhood wounds, Dorothy marries the owner of a five-and-dime, while Clancy Jane gets into a mess of trouble, running off with a randy tomcat who pumps gas at the Esso stand. And then there are Gussie's granddaughters, the smart but plain Violet and fancy-talking Bitsy -- a new generation whose lives will reflect a nation's tumultuous times. From Tennessee to New Orleans, from psychedelic San Francisco to a remote Southwestern desert ranch, this funny, poignant novel spans more than four decades as it vividly recounts the universal loves, sorrows, and joys of women's lives.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 400 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 27.94mm | 317.51g
  • Macmillan USA
  • New Jersey, United States
  • English
  • 0060977744
  • 9780060977740
  • 2,179,630

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..".a rich and robust novel, wonderfully performed."skillfully interwoven mix of calamity and comedy, narrated inturns by a wholly entertaining cast of characters."-- "AudioFile Magazine"A wonderful first novel of the lives of three generations of Tennessee women....I can't think of enough nice things to say about "Crazy Ladies." The voices are sharp, wry, and utterly convincing."-- "Washington Post Book World"Wonderfully inventive.... Her writing is brilliant in detail and dialogue, flavored with just enough spicy Southern wit and wisdom."-- "San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle""Not since Flannery O'Connor's first book has a debut novel by a young Southerner been so filled with wry humor and humanity, so precisely right in its idioms, and so distinctive in its voices."-- "St. Petersburg Times""West's accent is Southern fried and brassy...her spirited performanceis enjoyable."-"Los Angeles Times..".a fine reading by Nashville resident West, who finds just the right voice for each of her creations"-"The Providence Journal
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3,111 ratings
3.83 out of 5 stars
5 28% (858)
4 38% (1,185)
3 26% (810)
2 6% (199)
1 2% (59)
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