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Crazy Ladies by Michael Lee West
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Apr 09, 12

Read from March 27 to 31, 2012

This book covers three generations of Southern women from the 1930's to the early 1970's. When Miss Gussie is forced into a terrible situation, she finds that she must bury the evidence in the backyard or have terrible consequences befall her young family. From that point on, though, the family seems to suffer under a curse. Daughter Dorothy is difficult and is possibly paranoid, and has great grief for her mother's apparent preference for her younger sister Clancy Jane. Clancy Jane has her own issues, when she falls in love with the wrong man and ends up pregnant and without support. Dorothy tries to up her place in the world by marrying the owner of the local five and dime, and has two children of her own, with her daughter Bitsy being obsessed with speaking French. Clancy Jane's daughter Violet seems to be a sweet, but slightly damaged child. Circumstances bring the family back together and then pull them apart. Each chapter is told from the perspective of a different one of the women, including the housekeeper, Queenie. While not always likeable, the women feel real, and you become involved in their roller-coaster lives. (Rating 3.5 stars).
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