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Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind by Ann B. Ross
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Mar 08, 12

Read in March, 2012

What a fun book! Miss Julia is a 70-something woman, recently (suddenly) widowed. She has been the traditional good wife, uninvolved in finances, respectable, conforming to her husband's wishes. Now she discovers the joys of living alone, the delight of making her own decisions, the pleasures of a hefty bank-account (which she'd not known about). She is just enjoying the exhilaration of her new life when she is blasted with the news that her husband had been having an affair, that he had a young child..... and soon she is caring for the boy, involved in high-speed car chases, kidnapping, robbery, all sorts of unforeseen things.

While the book is laugh-out-loud funny, with typical southern humor and quirky characters, it is also surprisingly deep. Miss Julia has accepted her cliched role as good housewife and respectable churchgoer, and then finds that many of her assumptions about the world (and especially about her husband) are mistaken. At the beginning of the book, her main concern is how she looks to others, how her actions will be seen -- but by the end she is making her own decisions and couldn't care less what "everyone" thinks.

As you can guess, some of the situations and characters are outlandish, and the story is in the end not very believable. But it doesn't matter -- the main character is delightful and so is the story!
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