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The Education of Dixie Dupree

3.90  ·  Rating details ·  4,374 ratings  ·  593 reviews
In 1969, Dixie Dupree is eleven years old and already an expert liar. Sometimes the lies are for her mama, Evie’s sake—to explain away a bruise brought on by her quick-as-lightning temper. And sometimes the lies are to spite Evie, who longs to leave her unhappy marriage in Perry County, Alabama, and return to her beloved New Hampshire. But for Dixie and her brother, Alabam ...more
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Published October 25th 2016 by Kensington
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
DANG IT! GR ATE MY REVIEW!!! (Probably because it only had ten typos instead of the normal twenty)

Let's try this again.

Set in the late 1960's south, Dixie lives in Alabama with her mom, dad and older brother AJ. Her mom has one of those tempers that can get away from her and Dixie tries her best to not trigger her 'other mom' coming out.
Her response was to snatch my arm and her sudden move scared me so bad, the pee I'd been holding let go. It drizzled down my legs, a hot stream of fear, but the

“Childhood is what you spend the rest of your life trying to overcome.” Birdee Pruitt, (Hope Floats)

In 1969, Dixie Dupree is an 11 year-old girl living in a small town in Alabama with her parents and AJ, her brother. Lately things aren’t quite like they used to be. Dixie’s father is drinking more, and her mother’s growing unhappiness with her life in Alabama is ever-present, missing her family and the life she had growing up in New Hampshire. The in-laws have never accepted her, nev
Oct 22, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3+ stars. The Education of Dixie Dupree is well done and I liked Dixie, but it's the kind of book I usually avoid. Dixie is 11 years old, living in Alabama with her parents and brother -- and lots of nasty secrets. There is a pervasive tenseness to the story as Dixie tries to figure out what's going on in the adult world around her, and as that world seeps brutally into her reality.

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4+ Stars! GREAT debut! Coming October 25th!

THE EDUCATION OF DIXIE DUPREE is a page-turning coming-of-age story with a nasty monster, a variety of secrets, subject matters that are pretty tough to take, often difficult to read and still the book is unputdownable.

It's 1969 Alabama when we first meet eleven year old Dixie with her annoyingly inquisitive mind and propensity for telling little white lies. When her actions finally catch up with her, when she desperately needs help and guidance, she ca

Apr 02, 2022 rated it really liked it
Trigger alert: Sexual abuse, physical abuse, death, incest

This was a fast paced read. It was pretty graphic of the abuse 11yo Dixie Dupree went through. You can feel her pain as the family learned to survive on their own in the 60s.
Oct 23, 2016 rated it liked it

This was a very emotional book and I just felt so bad for 11 yr old Dixie throughout the entire novel. This situation made me so angry. I won't say any more regarding the situation for those who plan on reading this book.
Thanks to Netgalley and Kensington Books for the ARC
Amy T. - Book lover!
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
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4.0 stars Dixie Dupree's world completely collapses in the year that she becomes eleven years old.With an unstable mother and drinking father reactively exploding or withdrawing from each other or at their children Dixie and her older brother, AJ, and a remote support system in her Dad's Alabama relatives, the household barely copes with its stress.

Dixie learns to lie to cover for her mother's physical fury - and the consequences put her in severe jeopardy when she needs people to believe that s
Nov 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
“The education of Dixie Dupree” is a fearless novel. The protagonist is a plucky eight-year-old girl who narrates the story. Wise beyond her years, she navigates her precarious childhood by being perceptive and brave.

The novel takes place in Alabama, and there is the homespun charm of Southern novels woven in the story that helps offset the horrifying subject matters. Author Donna Everhart holds no punches. She tackles serious issues affecting powerless children. Dixie is a strong character. Eve
Sherry Hoffcastel
Jan 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
I'll start by saying that I think the writing itself is brilliant. The fact that Ms. Everhart kept me glued to this story well into the 1am hour is a testament to her talent. That said, like so many others here I was disillusioned by her choice of a cover. Not one to judge based on appearances I'll let that one slide. What bothers me more than anything is the pretty, well written bow she tacked on as her ending. As a survivor of childhood abuse I was almost insulted at how easily she swept every ...more
Dixie Dupree’s observations about her life and the people in it create a vivid world that is sometimes funny, sometimes agonizing, that always feels very real. She finds that life can be ugly, even brutal, and she faces it all with incredible strength and resilience.

There’s no gentle way to tell such a story such as this and still have it ring true. In this magnificent debut novel, Everhart writes with gritty realism and shines a harsh light on the ugliness of abuse. This isn’t an easy read some
Barbara White
Mar 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was fortunate enough to read an advance copy of this powerful, important debut that mixes southern charm with the darkest side of family life. The best part is the amazing voice of 11-year-old Dixie Dupree, who is wise beyond her years, but still sees everything as a feisty like girl. She's one tough cookie--despite everything that happens to her. I love Dixie, especially when she's trying to figure out the definition of white trash. This novel tackles difficult subject matter but is ultimatel ...more
Kathryn in FL
Donna Everhart is definitely a cut above the most writers being published today. This is my third book that I have read and I was rewarded with an interesting and timely story with dynamic characters facing realistic but nonetheless daunting situations. I found Dixie Dupree, the story's young narrator, engaging and I connected to her experiences and concerns. Her trauma's cause her to grow stronger emotionally and see that her pain impacts others. Her compassion grows as she learns that much of ...more
Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
This is one of those rare instances where I wish the book summary gave more plot information than it did. Had I known what Dixie's education was about, I would never have picked up this book. The story was engaging at the start, with strong similarities to Scout in To Kill A Mockingbird. I was enchanted with Dixie's voice and the rich depiction of the southern setting.

But then Uncle Ray appeared. How can you feel anything but skeezy being forced into a voyeuristic narrative of abuse? This was ce
A southern coming of age story as told by 11 year old Dixie. She has a habit of telling lies, and so she is afraid to tell a secret that no one will believe. It was difficult to read as it involves sexual abuse. Dixie does find love and compassion towards the end of this book. All in all, I thought the ending was good, and it was a book worth reading.
Lolly K Dandeneau
Aug 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
“I liked her soft voice in my ear, but I had a grasp of this whole situation better than her. I envisioned me and Mama like a glass dropped on the floor, broken into millions of fragments, impossible to put back into any semblance of what we’d been, albeit not perfect to start with.”

Childhood is something some of us survive through a miracle but with war wounds. For Dixie Dupree, she is going to get an education no child should ever be exposed to, be so many are. Running a bit wild in Alabama wi
Apr 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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For the first half of this book, thoughts about how some parents shouldn’t have children, crossed my mind. Take Dixie’s mother, Evie, for instance, she’s so wrapped up in her own unhappiness and secrets, she doesn’t see how this affects her children, especially her 11 year old daughter. First off, Dixie, who’s a very imaginative girl, takes up lying as a hobby to battle her own insecurities with what’s happening at home: her mother’s moods and her father’s increasing drinking. Then something tra ...more
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: e-books-i-own
When I review a book, I don't feel like it is necessary for me to tell you what the book is about. That is what the synopsis is for, and the publisher does a far better job than I do, believe it. What I feel my purpose is when I write a review is to tell you why you SHOULD read the book, or sometimes, why you SHOULDN'T.

When I write a review, I am giving you my honest impression. I try to convey how the book made me feel, if I enjoyed reading it, and if I would recommend it to anyone else. With
Deanne Patterson
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library-copy
Debut author Donna Everhart does an excellent job with this book.
Coming of age story of Dixie Dupree.
At 11, Dixie is an accomplished liar, taught by her mother.
She survives the unthinkable by a monster.
Shows the resilience of the human spirit she will survive.
I could not put this down and Dixie's story will not soon be forgotten!
Feb 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
This book was not what I expected from Amazon’s Best Books’ review or from the blurbs on the bookjacket. I was mightily disappointed.

Dixie is the 11-year-old narrator who suffers a childhood with an unpredictably abusive and argumentative mother, a drinker of a father, and the threat of their divorce. She clings to a few good memories, praying fervently for a permanent return of the good life she believes her family once shared. When the imagined good life disintegrates, a new abuser enters the
Dec 01, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I certainly give kudos to the author for not being afraid to honestly tackle the subject matter of this book, or to shy away from giving the reader some of the horrifying details, most of which I'm sure were as difficult for everyone to read as they were for me. When we first start teaching students in elementary school how to write an interesting story that will engage the reader, one of the major things we teach them is to show, not tell. And show is what this author did, in passages that made ...more
AJ Blythe
May 02, 2016 added it
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I readDonna Everhart's debut "The Education of Dixie Dupree" yesterday. I won an ARC, but Donna didn't ask me to comment - it was just so good I have to share. I couldn't put it down. My family were left to fend for themselves while I read! From page 1 Donna sucked me in. Donna's writing flowed beautifully and 11 year old Dixie was an easy character to like/sympathise with. I don't usually read books on such heavy topics, but through Donna's great storytelling she managed to address a range of i ...more
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Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
“My diary was my best friend until I gave it up as key evidence against Uncle Ray.” So begins the narrative of Dixie Dupree, a tough-as-nails girl coming of age in 1969 rural Alabama.

Dixie’s parents, Charles and Evie, fight constantly. Charles wants nothing more than to make his wife happy, and Evie longs to be back in New Hampshire, where she grew up. A series of tragic circumstances bring Evie’s brother, Uncle Ray, into the family’s life. Although Uncle Ray is generous in his financial assista
Sep 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: southern-fiction
In Donna Everhart's debut novel, we meet 11 year old Dixie Dupree in 1969. Dixie lives in Alabama with her parents and her older brother. Her home life is very unstable - her dad drinks too much and her mom is very unhappy in Alabama and longs to return to her home in New Hampshire. In order to try to make sense of her life, Dixie keeps a diary and it becomes the only place that she can share her deepest thoughts and questions about her life and her family without worrying about her mother's ang ...more
Oct 31, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, 2016
I'm still not sure what to say - am reeling from this book. Thought it was going to be a coming of age tale, but it's much much darker than that. From the outset you know that one of the characters has been up to no good, but once that character arrives there's an impending sense of doom...
The writing felt believable but I felt a growing sense of unease and just wanted that part of the book to be over. I didn't 'enjoy' it at all - not that you would, but I just rushed through. Due to the discom
Renea Greathouse
Dec 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
This book indicates it's for young adults and that fact gives you a false sense of security. Had one of my young adults read it, the momma bear in me would have come out. Graphic descriptions of incest is what ruined this story for me. I read your "interview" about why you added it in the story. My 13 YEAR OLD DOESN'T NEED TO READ THAT FILTH. ...more
Feb 26, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Really disliked book. A disgusting novel of a girl's abuse

Really disliked this book. Couldn't read it all. Do not buy unless you want to read details of a girl's abuse. Nothing on the cover told me of this. Really feel deceived. Poor title as well. Wish I could get my money back. Deleting on kindle now.
Did not know what I was getting myself when I decided to read this book. A really tough book to read. Warning ⚠️ contains a lot of difficult material. This is something different then I normally read but enjoyed the writing style and the story. Really loved reading from a 11 year old point of view and that this story took place in the late 1960's. Will continue to read from this author. ...more
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Donna Everhart is the USA Today bestselling author of Southern fiction with authenticity and grit, including the Southeastern Library Association Award-winning The Road to Bittersweet and The Moonshiner’s Daughter.

Her fifth novel, The Saints of Swallow Hill, is out now.

Born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, she now lives with her husband in a small town in the Sandhills region, and is most l

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