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The Garden Angel by Mindy Friddle
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Aug 22, 08

Recommended to Lori by: public library readers' fave list
Read in August, 2008

Cutter, a can-do southern orphan in her 20's, works two jobs (flipping pancakes and writing obits) in her slowly dying southern small town to try to earn the money to save her grandma's run-down old mansion before her greedy selfish troubled siblings sell it out from under her. Cutter inadvertently makes friends with the wife of the professor with whom her sister is having an affair. The wife is brilliant but fragile, trapped at home by extreme phobias and fears ala Emily Dickinson. Wife and Cutter manage to help each other out and bring the novel to a nice-n-tidy happy ending.

Cutter is a funny, silly, classic escapist chick-lit-heroine. Picaresque southern setting and supporting characters, right down to the waitress friend with the beehive hairdo, lacquered nails, perpetual cigarette and boozy husband. Easy summer read, but nothin' new or thought provoking.
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