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3.24  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Spencer's refined, sensuous writing and laser insights inform this novel, as extraordinary as her other works. -- Publishers Weekly
At a certain point approaching the Mississippi coast, the air fills with the salt smell of the Gulf of Mexico. For all of the characters in Elizabeth Spencer's gracefully written novel, the salt line divides past and present, memory and longing
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 1st 1995 by LSU Press (first published January 1st 1984)
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Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel is both more and less than what I thought it would be. Set in the Mississippi Gulf Coast post-Hurricane Camille, it is both more and less than a hurricane-aftermath novel -- those elements that would make it such are there, but are seamlessly interwoven in a story of well-drawn characters dealing with changes that do arise from the hurricane and its aftermath, but also come from other major life changes. The writing is fine; the metaphors are unique, at times surprising, at times even ...more
Mary Cassidy
Oct 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Truth be told, I didn't like it, but have too much respect for it to give it lower. Am left with the feeling I just spent way too much time with people I do not like.
Estelle Ford-Williamson
Dec 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
Before there was Katrina there was Hurricane Camille which killed 259 people and levelled the Mississippi coast and caused flooding as far north as Virginia. The 24-foot surge swept away everything in its path. Ms. Spencer's story is a wonderful weaving of the lives of victims, and a loving gift to the summertime playground of her growing up years.
Caralyn Rubli
Apr 14, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I don't even know what to say about this book. I just didn't get it. It was boring and the characters uninteresting, well you never really read about the interesting people. It took way too long to read this book.
Oct 10, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those who remember the Gulf Coast in mid 20th century
Good, not one of her best, my pal David really didn't like it, so it's clearly not for everyone.
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Elizabeth Spencer was an American writer. Spencer's first novel, Fire in the Morning, was published in 1948. She has written a total of nine novels, seven collections of short stories, a memoir (Landscapes of the Heart, 1998), and a play (For Lease or Sale, 1989). Her novella The Light in the Piazza (1960) was adapted for the screen in 1962 and transformed into a Broadway musical of the same name ...more

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