The Florabama Ladies' Auxiliary & Sewing Circle
Welcome to Florabama, Alabama-a place where you can stop to sip a co'cola or iced tea and think about money and love. If you had 'em, you were free to think about other things. If you didn't, you couldn't think about anything else.
"We've been screwed blue and tattooed," quips Hilly Pruitt, upon hearing the news of the closing of Cherished Lady, the local lingerie factory...more
I was 3/4 of the way through the novel when I finally understood the title, and I think that should have been evident earlier. It took a long time for her to set the scene. I understand that she wanted to create empathy for the characters, and that takes time, but it seemed like lots of ...more
You don't know what happens in the end. Where does the main character go? What happens to Roxy...does she come back and give the money back? Does Hilly get married? Wh ...more
How do Battle's characters and their stories reflect current issues and trends in the South, and in America in general?
Well, the book was written about 12 years ago. I was in college at the time so my world was very removed from hers. I am a native Alabamian, but I've always lived in a bigger city whereas Florabama is a small town. I can say that in my own family, we've experienced a situation where one of my relatives had to shut down his own factory because people were able ...more
Florabama etc., is about women who have been thrown out of work thanks to their factory going out of business, and their new college counselor who is starting over after her husband squanders their savings and then abandons her.
Also the story is dripping with racism, at times so distracting from the plot line, I just wondered, what in the world?
"She'd missed the name, but the compulsive and insistent bonhomie with which the dean was stressing their lifelong friendship led he ...more
Maaaaaaaan. Such a disappointment.
None of the characters were all that interesting. They were basically two types of characters: the Bonnies and the Casses. There was the "conservative" polite character (AKA Bonnie) and the bff rough and tough character (AKA ...more
From children to old women, Ms. Battle gives each of these people indi ...more
It took my a long time to finish the last 70 pages of The Florabama Ladies' Auxiliary and Sewing Circle because I just got bored with the story. Lois Battle has a wonderful writing style, and the characters were well-defined; but style is only one element to a great book. The plot seemed like even it got bored with itself, and all it wanted to do was to find some sort of closure.
It also seemed like Battle couldn't decid ...more
It tells the story of a group of women who find themselves at a turning point in their lives due to a clothing factory relocating "off shore"(an all to common occurance in today's world); how they handle the situation and the choices they make for the future. The main character has also had a personal crisis and life changing event in her life; she comes from a totally different world cul ...more