The Education of Dixie Dupree
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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 ...more
“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 ...more
(view spoiler)[ I always try to avoid spoilers but for this review I can't avoid them if I want to write honestly ...more
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...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
But then Uncle Ray appeared. How can you feel anything but skeezy being forced into a voyeuristic narrative of abuse? This was ce ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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! ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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. ...more
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 ...more