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3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  1,777 ratings  ·  207 reviews
By turns hilarious and poignant, the lives of three vibrant and unique Southern women -- a proper Atlanta matron, her rebellious teenage daughter, and their housekeeper's young daughter -- intersect in unexpected and extraordinary ways in this richly compelling debut novel of family, friendship, and folly.
Paperback, 345 pages
Published February 10th 2009 by Touchstone
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Michele
Louise has her hands full. Her teenaged daughter has run amok, her son is retreating into teenaged angst, her maid's problems are her problems and her best friend is getting divorced. But these are Southern women, smack in the heart of Atlanta, and they deal with problems using two failproof weapons: humor and alcohol.

This debut novel by Susan Rebecca White is a pleasant addition to the growing Southern Lit genre. Told from multiple (female) viewpoints, White is at the top of her game in the sna
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Corey
While I cannot say that this is a very thought-provoking book, it does provide some interesting commentary on Southern (and American in general) values. I was entertained throughout the book and did eagerly read each chapter to find out what would happen next. The story-line follows a family in Atlanta across several generations and confronts a series of important issues: teenage pregnancy, homosexuality, racism, divorce, religion.

All in all, this was just some light mind-less reading, good for
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Vivian
I absolutely love Southern fiction. This book has gotten endless positive reviews from both critics and readers, but I didn't care for it and I'm not sure why. I generally read about 50 pages of a book before before I decide whether or not it's worth my time. Because of the glowing reviews, I read another 50 and finally stopped. Although Ms. White writes well, I didn't care about the characters or the storyline. Nothing grabbed me and made me want to keep reading. However, I'd be curious to see ...more
Kay
I would actually give this book about 3.5 stars but there are no half stars available. I picked it up out of the reading basket at the pool where I was vacationing. It really is a great vacation reading book. Each chapter is titled with the date and character/narrator. I found this to be an effective way to develop this particular story. I was also pleased that it was not a romance novel nor did it portray these southern states' residents and women in a simpering or grossly overdone manner that ...more
Macie
Just finished this book, can't wait to read her next book...waiting til paperback though. Great story about a family living in Atlanta and how her children evolve around her. I really like how other characters in the book narrate certain chapters!
Lisa
There are two things I love. Reading new authors and southern fiction. . I stumbled across this book online a couple months ago and was intrigued by its premise.

Louise is the mother of two children, living a cushy life in Atlanta with her lawyer husband and two children. Caroline is Louise's teenage daughter with a mind of her own. Missy is the young daughter of Louise's housekeeper who has her own ideas of how one should live their life. It's interesting to follow the lives of these three sout
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Rhonda
I was looking forward to Bound South, mostly because I thought it would be light and funny, an amusing alternative to the seriousness of life. One of the reviews in the book states, "From chapter one, you are in the unsentimental, annoying and enormously funny new South." I read almost eight chapters and I was still asking the same question: when does the "funny" start?

On the outside, this book was about a clash between new and old Southern manners and attitudes. However, I found it hard to hav
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Darla
Very quick and enjoyable read focusing on the lives of three women in present-day Atlanta, and how their lives intersect one another's. I ran across a review for this book in one of the magazines I subscribe to, and because the author of the review recommended it for people who enjoyed "The Help" (see previous review I wrote a few months ago), I decided to pick it up at the library. Like "The Help", the story in "Bound South" is told from three Southern women's viewpoints. I don't feel that "Bou ...more
JG (The Introverted Reader)
May 03, 2009 JG (The Introverted Reader) rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to JG (The Introverted Reader) by: Southern Lit Lovers group read
I would say that Bound South is a group of connected short stories. There's not really one plot that connects the chapters. Instead, I would say that the author uses these stories, told from the points of view of three different Southern ladies, to explore issues they each face and how hard it can be to move past them, even when they try.

I thought the author did a fantastic job giving each character her own voice. With each story being written in first person, it was very important that she get
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Susan
I read BOUND SOUTH while on four flights this past weekend, and it definitely took my mind off the hours in the air! The story is told from three different viewpoints and sometimes jumps ahead. I enjoyed Louise's chapters the most. She's the mother of Charles and Caroline, daughter-in-law of Nanny Rose. I enjoyed her perspective on being a Southern woman, and I admired how she changed and handled her children as the book went on. Caroline, the rebel child, also shares her POV, and I really liked ...more
Whitney Long
I think I read a different book than others have that loved this one. I kept waiting on the funny moments. My mother recommended this to me saying 'This one isn't as good as 'The Help' but it's funny-you'll like it.' I didn't like it. I hate not finishing a book so I read it through but was disappointed. I felt myself becoming annoyed by the characters. As a young Southern woman I didn't identify with the characters or their situations; instead I became increasingly aggravated at the sacreligiou ...more
Teri
If you know me at all you know I HATE to put a book in the DNF pile but this one is going in there faster than you can blink! I gave it a good honest try and read almost a third of it but after looking at reviews (which I tend to not do prior to starting a book because everybody is different) and seeing that they are pretty much saying the same thing as I was feeling I decided enough time wasted! Giving it 2 stars since I liked ONE character (the mother Louise) and chapter 1. The first chapter w ...more
Jan
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Loni Cranney
This book was pretty good. I like that it was told from 3 different points of view. It was almost like a series of short stories, but I liked how the author tied them all together in the end. My only complaint is that Missy is the most interesting character, and she has the fewest/shortest chapters. I would have liked to learn a little more about her.
MaryJo
Could have been great chick lit but fell short. By the end of the book I felt like I was reading a diatribe by the author on her world views --- women without careers can't feel satisfied (and child rearing is burdensome), a person of faith is either a red neck or a nut, and abortion is the only common sense answer --- very whiney!
Theresadaum
Did not enjoy this at all. I'm not sure at all writer was trying to accomplish here. I have so many complaints about the character development. The mother, for one, the chief protagonist, a mother of two over indulged children that tries to reinvent herself to them by agreeing to have her vagina photographed and throwing a coming out party for her son. The author wants us to see that she is a unique character because she had another boyfriend, a lover, for a short period before she married. Alth ...more
Carol
This book starts out hilariously funny and I was looking forward to a fun read. However, as it progresses it is simply life from the perspective of three women whose lives intersect (one woman and two older adolescents as the book begins). I wish I had read the book club notes at the end as they helped clarify the author's intent. Even so, I don't think the topics the author hoped to address were addressed as strongly as she would have hoped. That being said, I do believe the author to have repr ...more
Stephanie
Wonderful southern story.
Paul Pessolano
This is a story of a staid family living in Ansley Park, yes Ansley Park in Atlanta, Georgia. The story is told from the viewpoint of three women, Louise, Caroline, and Missy. The are all connected with each other through Nanny Rose. Nanny Rose is Louise's mother, Caroline is the daughter of Louise, and Missy is the daughter of the woman who cleans house for Nanny Rose. Sounds complicated, but its not.

Louise would be considered a proper Atlanta matron, with all the old southern charm and traditi
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Noe Crockett
I REALLY enjoyed this book. I was at the bookstore one day and the cover caught my eye. The description sounded interesting to me so I quickly reserved a copy at the library. Unfortunately it took a few weeks before I had a chance to read it, but once I started it, I finished it in about two days.

That being said, I have to disclose that I love the South and I think that had a lot to do with why I enjoyed this novel so much. It's about three women/girls in present-day Atlanta and how their lives
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Briana Summers
Was this a quick read? YES Did I enjoy reading it? YES Did I pass it along for others to read? YES However....

There are a few things keeping this book from getting 5 stars from me. 1) While the book is written from the point of view of 3 people, it is obvious that the main character is Louise. And well....I don't really like Louise. Despite living smack-dab between Ansley Park and Buckhead, I can't really sympathize with the priveledged women living within the walls of those decadent homes. 2) I
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Leah
Bound South takes place in Atlanta, GA. It has three different narrators: Louise (the mom- a rule follower, rich housewife, wonders what her life would have been like if she hadn't got married), Caroline (Louise's daughter - a rebel, an actress, wildchild, compulsive) and Missy (the housekeeper's daughter - very spiritual/Christian, abandoned by her father, poor). We learn about each of their lives from their childhood through adulthood. This book explores many taboo topics like religion, race, ...more
Judy Collins
I loved this book! Susan Rebecca White has become my new top favorite author! Bound South was so compelling and kept me laughing until the wee hours of the morning! Being I am from the south (Carolinas) and spent most all my life living in Atlanta – she was right on about stereotypes, old pretenses and the way they hide their true feelings.
Each of the main three characters --- so real and loved the first person narrative from each perspective. Wow, family secrets, scandals, and lots of humor an
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Anne-Marie
This author was at the Decatur Book Fest last year - I didn't go but my mom did and she said that she felt so sorry for this lady because what's-her-face that wrote The Help was there too and she was the only one on the panel getting asked questions. I hate book covers with shoes on them. Do publishers think that the only way a woman will pick up a book is if there are a pair of shoes on the fucking front? This was a pretty good book though. One of the better known authors who had their review o ...more
Jen
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Kim
There's one really bad thing about this book.

It ends.

I had so much fun reading it that I was not ready for it to be over. I wanted to know more about Tiny and Louise, and what happened to Nanny Rose between the beginning and end of the book, and what about Charles? And Caroline? Oh Susan White, you are going to need to write some companion novels to this book.

Two things I especially liked about Bound South:

1- Unexpected plot twists that were totally in keeping with the Old South/New South feel
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Stacy
I really enjoyed this book. It's not written in a "traditional novel fashion." Instead, it is a series of vignettes that give you glimpses into the lives of three southern women. The book is chronological, yet not linear. So, you see bits and pieces of these women's lives. They intertwine to make a great story. There are certainly holes, as it is not a linear novel, and there are stories that are told that make you wonder "Where is this going and why was it included?" However, the book is never ...more
Marshakinney
I rated this book objectively although it deserves a higher rating for my personal enjoyment. This Southern author obviously lives or lived in my old stomping grounds and it was fun to go home. Even the high school referenced frequently was my alma mater, Grady and the characters mostly lived in Ansley Park where I grew up. That aside, it was light and fun and entertaining.
Denise
This is interesting read, especially if you are familiar with the subtleties of southern culture and the family dynamics of southern families. The author captures the little actions and words very well and gives voice to the ambiguities. I really enjoyed the voices of the three women but would have liked a more complete ending. Things still seem unfinished in the wrap up and the stories are still very open.
As a side note: I found it a bit strange that although there is significant political und
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Bobbie  Crawford
Mar 11, 2009 Bobbie Crawford rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everyone.
Bound South
Written By: Susan Rebecca White
Published By: Touchstone, a Division of Simon & Schuster Inc., 2009, First Edition, 368 pages, paperback
ISBN 978-1416558675

Bound South starts off slowly, easing you into the lives of the dysfunctional Parker family. This smoothly flowing story is very entertaining and gives you a real taste of the South. The plot is unique and creatively deals with a few fairly serious topics, but it does not get bogged down. The characters and the emotional situatio
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Susan Rebecca White is the author of the critically acclaimed novels Bound South and A Soft Place to Land. Her third novel, A Place at the Table, will be published by Touchstone / Simon & Schuster in June of 2013. A graduate of Brown University and the MFA program at Hollins, Susan currently teaches creative writing at Emory University. She lives in her hometown of Atlanta, GA with her husband ...more
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