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Preview — Hill Towns by Anne Rivers Siddons
A single event in her childhood irrevocably marked Catherine Gaillard -- and made it impossible for her to leave her cloistered mountaintop town in Tennessee for the next thirty years. But her devotion to her husband, Joe, and her desire to forever put the incident behind her propel Cat on a life-changing trip to Italy.
Making their way across the countryside of Tuscany wi...more
As a five year old child Cat Gaillard was traumatized by the ...more
My main problem with it is that I didn't like one single character in the book. The protagonist, Catherine (Cat) Compton Gaillard, lives on a mountain in Tennessee near famed Trinity College. Her father is a teacher there and her mother is from a poor family, and they are killed in a grotesque accident on a bridge down off the mountain. Five-year-old Cat is slee ...more
Anyway, I am becoming quite taken with the south, despite the fact that I abhor its politics and don't ever really want to live there. Books about the south have cropped up several times for me this year.
This book is more about Southerners than the south. I loved the main character, and in a rare turn of events was really rooting ...more
Good story telling by Siddons as usual; I enjoy the setting of her stories as much as the flow of the story, sometimes even more.
About Cat and Joe who are married and live in the hills of TN - due to an unfortunate accident early in her life, Cat will not leavae the safety of her mountain...until they take a trip to Italy for a friend's wedding.
While at Auburn she wrote a column for the student newspaper, The Auburn Plainsman, that favored integration. The university administration attempted to suppress the column, and ultimately fired her, and the column garnered natio ...more