She Flew the Coop: A Novel Concerning Life, Death, Sex and Recipes in Limoges, Louisiana
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She Flew the Coop: A Novel Concerning Life, Death, Sex and Recipes in Limoges, Louisiana

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The two main occupations in Limoges, Louisiana (population: 905), seem to be spreading juicy gossip and consoling the unfortunate with casseroles. And in this early spring of 1952, there is ample opportunity for both with sixteen-year-old and pregnant (by the Baptist minister) Olive Nepper, currently languishing in a coma after drinking pop laced with rose poison. But the

Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 5th 2006 by Harper Perennial (first published 1994)
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Joan Eisenstodt
And the story goes on .. this time, recipes included. A book I did not want to end.. or to which I wanted a sequel.
Haley Mcphail
Highly recommended for anyone with a crazy southern family.
A fun summer read - this book also contains yummy recipes in between the chapters
This is the perfect book for fans of Steel Magnolias and Fried Green Tomatoes and other great triumphs of Southern drama/comedy literature. It's a sprawling novel featuring almost a dozen POV's and a great deal of time is spent in back story and flashback, but it all works thanks to West's engaging style where one can almost hear the Southern narrators spinning their tales (I read this book, but I would bet that this would be an AWESOME audio book or read-aloud book for a road trip). With so man...more
When Michael Lee West writes, she writes in a way that places the reader inside the story. When I started reading, She Flew The Coop, it was like riding in a car and seeing the sign - Welcome to Limoges, LA, and from there I was introduced to the residents, one by one. The cast of characters are engaging, at times inspiring and sometimes, infuriating.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book so much that I've ordered two more of Michael's books and I can't wait to read them. This story concerns a young gir...more
I laughed out loud so much I read this a second time!
Feb 26, 2008 Denise rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Denise by: Bookgroup
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Sophie, I liked the comparison of Sophie's beaten biscuits and her life – I don't think you read too much in it – I think it was right on. And it was accurate with Burr gone she has become something sweet and better. I'm still a little shaky on what happened to their son it touched on it so lightly that I didn't know exactly what happened that led to his death. Sophie was one of my favorite characters. Especially after Burr died and she started living.

Henry - I think it was more than `mid-life c...more
Tasha enderby
My dear good friend pointed out to me just earlier that this type of book is not my reading style and you know when I thought about it she was right. I was very surprised that by the time it was over I was glad to see Henry Nepper get his just desserts and the DeeDee women end up in the same situation as her poor husband who did nothing but love her. There was a lot of sad things that happen in this book and things that will make you blush it's got some real honesty in the words. I enjoyed the s...more
I read the irst 50 pages. It is well written, but I was raised in the South in the 1950's, so it is a little bit TOO REAL for this reader. I like to be entertained - not reminded!! LOL
A novel concerning life, death, sex, and recipes in Limoges,Louisiana. Limoges is a composite of small southern towns. Got more interesting the further I got into it.
This was a fun, intricate, surprisingly mesmerizing novel about a small town in Louisiana, and I looked forward to reading it every night.
Quote from the book:
“If there’d been Baptists in Sodom and Gomorrah, it would’ve burned up a whole lot sooner.”
The best part is the recipe for red beans. I have been using it since I read the book many years ago.
Pretty good book! Lots of sex and lots of recipes, very Southern storyline, good beach read!
as always awesome!
Taking place in a small town in Limoges, Louisiana in the 1950's, this novel revolves around the Nepper family. Daughter Olive has just taken poison in a Nehi soda and is in a coma in desperation regarding her pregnancy by the preacher. Her father, owner of the drug store, is having an affair with his counter assistant, Dee Dee, and her mother is adrift in her life. As friends and neighbors rally around Olive's situation, we meet the friends and neighbors. Sophie is the black maid for many in to...more
Apr 17, 2008 Susan rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: southern literature enthusiasts
The first 363 pages were fantastic. Limoges is presented to you in technicolor detail, right down to the curtains hanging in kitchens. You can see everything in your mind's eye. The characters are fully fleshed out - nothing is missing. The plot meanders here and there, just like Southern book plots tend to do, and again, the pace is perfect.

In the last 20 pages, time hurries up, the plot speeds along into territory that makes no sense, and the ending is messily wrapped in gaudy wrapping paper...more
Blaine DeSantis
A 3.5*** for me. This book dragged in the beginning, but about halfway through it picked up steam.

An interesting novel about a small town in Louisiana and all the events that occurred in the summer of 1952. From pregnant teens, to shadowy ministers, to philandering fathers, oblivious mothers, abused women, kind hearted friends, gossipy neighbors and the local floosy this book has something for everyone. Torn as to whether I liked this book more than her other effort "Crazy Ladies" at one point I...more
I bought this book a long time ago and apparently it ended up in the bookcase before I read it. I found it looking for something else and decided not to put it of any .longer. It is southern fiction in its best form. I enjoyed the pov of the many different characters and while I can't say the ending was to my liking, I enjoyed the read up until then. I just would have rather it ended a little differently, but the author did pull together all the storylines and tie it up neatly. If you like south...more
i thought that each female character had a very hard life.
no matter if they were rich or poor, they had a hard life being a female.
the maid that kept being beat up by her crazy husband was a bit much
for me. it turned me off for the author being so descriptive about
the beatings. i guess it happens that pastors or ministers take advantage
of such young girls. nothing to keep them busy and no one to look up to.
sad, but true in small towns. it was sick to find out that the soldier took
the place of t...more
Recommended by K.C. and Adele on their visit in March.
This book involved the gossip-filled lives of some major characters in a small Louisiana town. Interspersed throughout the book are very southern recipes. Each chapter is from a different character's point of view, yet they all follow a chronological progression. The intertwined plots focus on two families in the town - one more affluent and one from the "wrong side of the tracks." It was wonderful to escape to the south and read about the antics and passions of these characters.
I ended up discarding this book because it was way too dark for me, despite its misleadingly lighthearted title. I thought it would be Fannie Flagg-ish, but it was distinctly lacking in charm and the characters ranged from horribly nasty to pathetic, often both. I like flawed characters, but they still need to be likeable, or at least a little sympathetic.
Feb 10, 2009 Angela rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Anyone who likes quirky southern humor!
Recommended to Angela by: I'm a fan of the author's.
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I thought this book was a great read! It was well written & has some great character's that you can easily picture in your mind. You can also easily picture the small southern town the story takes place in, as the author gives great detail. As a bonus the book also includes yummy sounding recipes that go along w/ the story & characters in the book.
This book is awful! I read it because of the good rating it has, but I can't figure out how all these people enjoyed it. I'm not hard to please, I read a lot of books and this is the first one I have ever given such a poor rating. I kept with it, hoping something interesting was about to happen, but it never did.
Darnell Arnoult
This novel is so good. The storytelling is excellent. I love the play with point of view. Even the town itself works as a character. This is my favorite MLW novel thus far. I highly recommend this book to aspiring fiction writers because it is such a study in emperimentation in POV. It's also just plain good reading.
while i enjoyed this book quite a bit, i was disapointed in the recipes it promised. the rest of the book was full of people doing naughty things but i was very happy that they got their just reward in the end. not a light hearted book but somehow still written in a light hearted manner.
I read this book a long time ago, but it has never left my mind. I love all of West's books. She is so funny, but poignant. She writes specifically about women in the south (Louisiana this time), but her insight into the human frailties and faults and joys is very universal.
I just adored this book completely. Probably because it was about several women, living in a small Louisiana town, going through very big issues that were written about in a thoughtful, charming way. I'm going to miss this book. I really fell in love with it.
This is a really interesting novel set in 'Limoges Louisianna'... It begins with the suidice of a 16 year old girl who is pregnant by her Baptist minister. The story unfolds as she lingers near death and involves much of the small town. I really liked it !
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Michael Lee West grew up on the Gulf Coast with a wild tribe of Southern cooks. She lives on a farm near Nashville with her family. Michael is the author of Crazy Ladies, Mad Girls in Love, She Flew the Coop, American Pie, Mad Girls in Love, Mermaids in the Basement, Consuming Passions, and Gone With a Handsomer Man. Her new novel, A Teeny Bit of Trouble, is the second installment in the Teeny Tem...more
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“Gardens come and go, but I find myself getting attached to certain perennials. My tulips are bridesmaids, with fat faces and good posture. Hollyhocks are long necked sisters. Daffodils are young girls running out of a white church, sun shining on their heads. Peonies are pink-haired ladies, so full and stooped you have to tie them up with string. And roses are nothing but (I hate to say it) bitches--pretty show-offs who'll draw blood if you don't handle them just right.
-Vangie Galliard Nepper, From her
"Garden Diary," March 1952”
“Now that Olive was grown, I didn't know what to do with myself. You could build your life around one single thing, like a view or a child, but that was risky. You had so much to lose.” 1 likes
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