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The Handsome Road by Gwen Bristow
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May 07, 2009

really liked it

Handsome Road is the second in Gwen Bristow's Plantation Trilogy, picking up several generations down the line with two very different women in the American Civil War. Ann is the pampered young wife of a Louisiana planter; Corrie May is a dockyard cousin who fights for survival in a society where slaves are used for most of the work and she is looked down on as white trash. The Civil War up-ends most of that, and both girls endure parallel experiences of loss, luxury, poverty, and motherhood. There is no real hero in this book, just two very different women gritting it out. Ann keeps her plantation together through all costs to herself, and Corrie May's snatch at luxury ends her poorer than ever - though her son offers a chance at redemption that Ann will never have. You might pick up this book because you read Gone With The Wind and thought you knew the Old South, but this is a very different Old South.
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