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Civic Beauties: A Novel with Songs

3.18  ·  Rating Details  ·  131 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
From the acclaimed author of the underground cult classic Youth in Revolt: The Journals of Nick Twisp comes this hilarious new "musical" novel of teenage sisters who "light a small cherry bomb" under their minister father's campaign for the Vice Presidency of the United States. While one lovely sister dallies with a picketing environmentalist, her identical twin conspires ...more
Paperback, 246 pages
Published January 1st 1999 by Aivia Press
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Heather
Sep 11, 2009 Heather rated it it was ok
While at times this book was quite funny, I don't think the "musical novel" quite translated. It was a great idea, and there were some very inventive narrative devices, but the constant switching between the character POVs was a bit poorly executed, and the "songs" were just kind of bizarre. Still, Payne's humor and use of language were able to shine at times, and that is when I truly enjoyed the book. Unforunately, I don't think there was enough of that there to make this book really hold my in ...more
Sarah
Jul 28, 2008 Sarah rated it it was ok
While this novel has moments of C.D. Payne humor, overall it was quite a disappointment. I appreciated the 'Nick and Sheeni-esque' attributes of the dialogue, but this 'musical novel' can't come anywhere near to capturing the uniqueness of 'Youth In Revolt'. A clever idea that got more and more bizarre and illogical as the pages turned.
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Jul 06, 2010 Andrew Gruen rated it liked it
Meh. I liked the concept, but it just isn't quite executed right. Amusing but slow.
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Author and showman C.D. Payne was born in Akron, Ohio in 1949 (making him a contemporary of Richard Gere and Meryl Streep). He spent his early years in West Virginia and southern Ohio, moving back to Akron while still a mere tot.

He went to public schools in Akron, and then graduated from Harvard College, where he majored in history and participated in the annual spring riot. In 1971 he moved to Ca
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