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Going Down South

Tuesday, December 30, 2008


Going Down South
Bonnie Glover
July 2008
272 pages

I seem to have run out of reviewing steam lately. So…publisher’s comments:

When fifteen-year-old Olivia Jean finds herself in the “family way,” her mother, Daisy, who has never been very maternal, springs into action. Daisy decides that Olivia Jean can’t stay in New York and whisks her away to her grandmother’s farm in Alabama to have the baby–even though Daisy and her mother, Birdie, have been estranged for years. When they arrive, Birdie lays down the law: Sure, her granddaughter can stay, but Daisy will have to stay as well. Though Daisy is furious, she has no choice.

Now, under one little roof in the 1960s Deep South, three generations of spirited, proud women are forced to live together. One by one, they begin to lose their inhibitions and share their secrets. And as long-guarded truths emerge, a baby is born–a child with the power to turn these virtual strangers into a real, honest-to-goodness family.

Hmmm, the publisher seems to have forgotten about Olivia Jean’s father, Turk, who plays a significant role in the first part of the book. Olivia Jean adores her father, but he refuses to acknowledge her as soon as he finds out she’s pregnant. However, Turk isn't alone in acting like an ass. All of the characters are pretty unlovable in the beginning. Even Olivia Jean struck me as a bit whiny. However, once they make it down to Alabama things get better.

Dar very kindly sent me this book, and I am glad she did. It was a good read. Much better than this lame little write-up.

5 comment(s):

bermudaonion said...

I love books set in the South, so I think this one looks good.

Dawn - She is Too Fond of Books said...

This was a great book! The mother-daughter-granddaughter relationships were intense.

I agree with your character assessment; the women grew on me over time (and since each chapter was told with a different focus we got different slices/views as the book progressed)

bkclubcare said...

I liked this little lame review. I like when you give short, your-own-opinion without giving too much away and yet sharing yes/no. Good job.

Joanne said...

Glad to hear you liked this one, I'll be reading it this week - Now that the xmas hullabaloo is over maybe I'll be able to read more than three pages in a row!

Dar said...

Glad you liked it Jill. I never liked Turk at all but I really liked all the other woman especially once they went to Alabama.

In a real sense, people who have read good literature have lived more than people who cannot or will not read. It is not true that we have only one life to live; if we can read, we can live as many more lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish. ~S.I. Hayakawa

The World is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page.
~St. Augustine

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness.
~Mark Twain

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