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A Place Called Wiregrass

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  309 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Erma Lee is on the run . . . Running from an abusive husband . . . running from a mother who doesn't care -- never cared. Running from a soul-numbing factory job that has held her down her entire life ...

Erma Lee and her granddaughter, Cher, flee to the town of Wiregrass, Alabama, to escape the past and start over -- or so Erma Lee thinks. Erma Lee forms an unlikely friend
Paperback, 368 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by HarperOne (first published April 1st 2002)
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Maelynn Hatfield
If you are from the south, you will love this book! I actually had the opportunity to meet this author and he is awesome!
Apr 12, 2009 Lori marked it as to-read
So far this is a great book. I have had it laying around in different places in the house since I received it in the mail from I was taking it to our over-flowing bookshelf when I decided that I would give it a whirl while I was "trying" to read The Story of O ("O" was difficult to read given that it is translated from a text written decades ago). I am glad I have picked it up, but it is slow going for just a bit on my end (not the book because it is great). I hope to finish i ...more
This was an excellent first novel. I found Erma Lee’s actions and thoughts very believable, considering what her life has been like. I did get a little frustrated with some of her behavior, and the book gets a little god preachy in the middle, but the rest of the book makes up for it. A sad but hopeful ending.
Victoria Bylin
I finished reading this book just in time for Monday's Book Club meeting. It'll be interesting to hear what 10 or so different women have to say, which of the characters we relate to, and how the book does (or doesn't) reflect our individual experiences.
K.T. Archer
I was fearful Mr. Morris wouldn't be able to pull off a book whose main characters are women but delighted he did.
The subject of this book is not one I would normally pick but once I started reading I could not put the book down. Michael Morris is an excellent writter. The characters seemed as real to me as the people next door. I plan on ready all of his books.
Carol Smith

A very touching book about new beginnings and mended pasts. Michael Morris does a great job of making the characters come to life.
Apr 14, 2015 Wendy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2007
Ermalee, Miss Claudia, wife abuse, drugs, cancer
Could not finish it. Started to get very "preachy"
I would have given it 4 stars but I wasn't big on the biblical references.
I liked this book in spite of its religious message.
Great read! Since I grew up in the Wiregrass area I loved this book. Well written with a wonderful message.
This is one of those books I didn't want to end. I had come to know the characters and they felt like old friends. I could hear their voices as I read. The author's descriptive, poignant writing style made me feel as though I was there. Even after the book was placed back on the shelf, my heart was still in Wiregrass, AL.
I waffled between 3 and 4 stars of this, but it was probably more my mood than the book that swayed it to 3, so I went with a 4.
The characters were great, the plot was good, but the domestic violence scenes kind of took a certain mood. They were heart-wrenching at best.
A good story although the plot becomes somewhat depressing at times. Erma Lee is a fighter, but she has so much of her past to overcome. Miss Claudia is also a fighter and together they help heal one another.
Good book about 2 women from different social and economic styles but have 1 thing in common so become best friends.
A very moving story about 2 strong female characters that meet and find out how much they need each other.
This book would make an excellent TV movie. Very touching. Very well written.
Stacia Fagan
I liked this book. Did not love the characters. But enjoyed the read.
It was not as good as the review said it would be in my opinion.
Characters seemed so genuine. A little preachy but a good read.
Liked this book- sweet characters, friendship, depth.... Good read
A pretty decent read although in a few places it got a little slow.
Really liked the characters in this one.
Andie Lipcon
this was a wonderful surprise of a book.
Jul 03, 2008 Pam marked it as to-read
Shelves: alabama, fiction
06/29/08 purchase from library book sale room
Nice southern fiction.
Jun 24, 2013 Stacy marked it as to-read
sandy liked it.
Fun read. Quick! LOVED the characters :).
Michelle marked it as to-read
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A fifth-generation native of Perry, Florida, Michael Morris knows Southern culture and characters. They are the foundation and inspiration for the stories he writes.

His latest novel, Man in the Blue Moon, is based on a true story about a man on the run for murder who was shipped in a crate to his grandfather's family in the Florida Panhandle. The novel was named one of the Best Books of 2012 by P
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