Mermaids in the Basement
Reeling from the loss of her mother, plagued with a bad case of writer's block (and don't even talk about those extra twenty pounds), Renata DeChavannes feels as though everything is just plain wrong. And that was before the tabloids caught her sweetheart, filmmaker Ferg Lauderdale, sharing an intimate squeeze with Hollywood's hottest young tamale.
But the granddaughter of...more
But other than that, it was a great story and an easy read.
Now I am no literary expert, but don’t tons of people read and proof read this book before it actually goes into print? There are quite a few (what I think are) mistakes with this book. For instance, when Renata and her dad are arguing there is a paragraph that goes like this:
Daddy’s jaw twitched. He pushed away from the desk and started toward the...more
Ripe with Southern charm and sultry atmosphere, West's diverting and funny latest unravels the tangled gossamer web of an eccentric extended Southern family. At the heart of the novel is Renata DeChavannes, who has a pretty full plate: a tabloid ran a story about her longtime film director boyfriend's possible on-set fling with an actress; her mot...more
I don't have a lot to say except that I can't help but feel like this has been done before. Younger generation, digging in the past, looking for parents' secrets. Sound familiar? I'm thinking of Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood , and this book is nowhere near as good as that one.
I liked most of the present-day characters. Renata was pretty funny, but...more