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Ein gutes Jahr für Pflaumen.

3.28  ·  Rating details ·  1,451 Ratings  ·  256 Reviews
Anyone who has read the best-selling Mama Makes Up Her Mind or listened to Bailey White's commentaries on NPR knows that she is a storyteller of inimitable wit and charm. Now, in her stunningly accomplished first novel, she introduces us to the peculiar yet lovable people who inhabit a small town in south Georgia. Meet serious, studious Roger, the peanut pathologist and un ...more
Published August 1st 2001 by Dtv (first published June 16th 1998)
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Apr 02, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Southerners - not sure Yankees could/would appreciate it!
I really enjoyed this book; Bailey White often has me in tears because she has such a natural ear that she is able to carry over into her writing. A brilliant book? No. Outstanding theme and/or plot? No. Quirky characters? YES!! Exceptionally well drawn snipets of southern life among slightly off-center, good-hearted people? YES!! Bailey White writes exceptional characters that are not stereotypical and yet . . . we [who have lived in small, rural towns] KNOW these folks. It's a great, short sum ...more
Nov 02, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading Mama Makes Up Her Mind so much I was eager to read another Bailey White book. I was disappointed with Quite a Year for Plums . The characters just didn't "stick" with me. Their personalities were not distinct and no matter how many times I referred to the list of characters in the front of the book, the names meant very little. I gave up about three quarters through the book.
Aug 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is my favorite Bailey White book. (I think all my relatives are in this book under assumed names.)
"There is no beginning to love," Roger said. "It just creeps over you."
"Oh," said Hilma, "like brown rot on a plum tree in the dark winter months, and by the time you become aware of it, the leaves are out and it's too late to spray."
"Yes," said Roger, "just like that. Now let me help you hang your flycatchers back on the wall."

Bailey White has given us a close look into the lives of everyday people in a small town in Georgia. Hilma and Meade are retired schoolteachers. Hilma has a kind heart,
Jan 22, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: z-2013
In this novel,we meet several characters that are very well developed by the author. You feel that they could be the men or women living down the road. But - they don't ever really DO anything. The whole book seems to be developing the characters - there is no plot. I spent a week reading their conversations with each other, waiting for something to happen - and it never did!
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book. I know it's not for everyone. But this "slice of life" book made me want to crawl inside and live with these people for awhile. I wanted more more more of them! I loved the humor, the quirkiness, the various aspects of each personality she revealed.
Paul Baker
This fascinating character study is called a "novel," but, speaking as a novelist, I just can't call it that. There are some characteristics it has in common with novels: It is fiction, it has characters, some themes are examined, and things happen. What is missing is structure. It's like spending a day fishing and not catching anything.

In a small south Georgia town, a group of strange people live their lives. The major characters are three older women, Eula, Meade, and Hilma. Eula is the glue t
Dec 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literature, memoir
This is such a lovely book. You can just feel the humidity in the air. You will never look at a fan or a hen the same way again. It made me strive to live a calmer more thoughtful life - and I think I do since I read this. I can't wait to read more of Whites words. I would love to hear her on NPR again too.
Feb 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An expert example of southern literature, chock full of colorful characters living their daily lives while becoming part of our families while you read. Tales of an eccentric mama sleeping on the porch, chickens who inspire, and events that will stay with long after the book is finished, Bailey White might have recaptured the essence of Faulkner.
May 03, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was disappointed with Bailey White's first attempt at fiction. I love her memoirs, so I had high hopes for this book. Eccentric Southern characters abound, but the story meanders and there just never seems to be any point to it all.
so far this is very confusing - I usually don't have trouble keeping characters straight but I am having a terrible time with this one.
Jane Hoppe
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, the wit and wisdom of Hilma, Eula, and Meade in Quite a Year for Plums! Though called a novel, Quite a Year for Plums is more a series of vignettes from the lives of the aforementioned ladies. Author Bailey White has created a thoroughly enjoyable cast of characters from the southern Georgia town where Hilma, Eula, and Meade observe, support, snipe, reminisce, and engage with their families, neighbors, and agrarian culture.

The book contains a little romance, mostly failed or unfulfilled, po
Dec 16, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know how this book got in my house. I don't know who left it here, but I was short library books, so I picked this off the bookshelf. I liked it. I liked the characters; I liked that I learned a little more about peanut viruses, chickens, and camellias than I knew before. I liked the human connections. It reminded me of Steinbeck's Salinas books and that odd cast of characters, but was easy on the reading. Left a little glow behind.
Jul 15, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 02, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, fluff, reviewed
Whimsical and witty…

Two words I would definitely not hesitate to use in description of this enjoyable little novel by Bailey White.

Quite A Year For Plums dwells on the slightly off-center antics of small town citizens in south Georgia, and boasts an array of characters who breathe life into every-day occurrences. There’s Roger, a quiet peanut pathologist who is a bit of an unlikely hometown celebrity. There’s Meade and Eula, two elderly spinsters who believe it is their sole purpose in life to
Edward Creter
I like nice stories of quiet life in the South, not surprising as I live in St. Pete, Fla., home to hurricanes, fresh strawberries, orange juice and bad blood (racism, prejudice, etc. I put up with this all the time, AND I'm from New York. Do the math on THAT.) This book from one of NPR's brightest stars is her first novel and, tho' I can't quite recommend the simple plot which has holes to spare, I think it's a break from the violence and graphic sex of our modern world. It's set in the Florida ...more
I absolutely love the gardens in this book. Growing things are everywhere, and the characters cherish them. These characters range from gently befuddled through dangerously insane, but are lovable throughout. The joy is in the details---the difficulty one faces trying to paint chicken's feet (so difficult many artists contrive to leave them out of the scene)for example. As exasperating as they all are, these characters feel like family. Meanwhile, the story is laced with a deep sadness for the p ...more
Terry Getz
Oct 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read this book 3-4 times already and just re-read it. From reading the reviews here and on other sites, it appears readers either love it or hate it. It is true that there is no major plot line; rather there are marvelous vignettes, or character drawings, involving several characters at different events or in various circumstances. Some of the characters are quirky and eccentric, but not all by any means; the humor is subtle in a way I find hilarious. This book tells the story of a group of ...more
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I can't do better than quote from the San Francisco Chronicle review: "White will transport readers to that place where the language is languid, the bees hum... and everybody- in a nice kind of way - is a little off-kilter." If you need a strong plot this is not the book for you, but if you are in a quiet mood what you get here are wonderful characters developed through a series of vignettes and conversations. It can enjoyed at a superficial level, or it can prompt the reader to ponder a deeper ...more
Feb 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book covered the lives of about a dozen characters in a one-year time span in Georgia. If you like a strong plot, you won't find it here, as there is no ascertainable plot at all. But what you will find are beautiful, quirky personalities that compliment each other with just the right combination of seriousness and humor. The story features dialogue between the characters, which makes you feel as if you're sitting right there with them, hearing every comment. This is a book to reread and sa ...more
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was rather disappointed in this book. I liked the author's other books but this one didn't make the mark. There were enough characters that I got confused as to who was whom. Some of the characters were interesting, like Louise and Della.
Jan 01, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was like the movie 'True Stories' for me - pointless!
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this little gem of a book, filled with quirky chatacters living in the south, all caught up in their own little obsessions...
Feb 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unusual, homespun, Southern story that I enjoyed very much. Really wanted the story to continue, felt there was more to be said.
Jun 03, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Boring and pointless.
Feb 17, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read this book at least five times and counting. I get something new out of it everytime.
Grady Ormsby
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Humor lovers
Some of you older folks will remember Bailey White. She was a regular storyteller on NPR. She related marvelous tales of life in a small Southern town. Her best and most hilarious stories centered on her eccentric and irrepressible mama. Quite a Year for Plums is her almost-novel. I call it an almost-novel because it doesn’t really have a chronological plot line found in the typical novel. There is no linear action but rather a strand of vignettes and scenarios. But let me leave my nit-picking a ...more
Donna Davis
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Elderly ornithologists in Georgia...maybe
I am a huge fan of White's short stories. Many people come to her via NPR, apparently, but I did not. I just lucked into a short story collection (Mama Makes Up Her Mind) and then searched out another (Sleeping at the Starlite Hotel). I was crushed when I discovered I had left my nice, hardbound copy in a hotel room, and housekeeping knew nothing about it. Didn't find it. I hope they enjoyed my book. I meant to leave them a generous tip, and I did, but I begrudge them a generous tip and my hardc ...more
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good book. Several friends from young to old, all educated although perhaps the very oldest had not obtained degrees. All were single, either divorced, widowed or never married. The reader was given access to the mind of 2 of the characters giving an understanding of how just because a person is doing very well does not mean everything is without worry for them. I will forever wonder how Roger, so kind, manages to deal with Mrs. Johnson and her onion painting. I had a few very good laughs ...more
April Fratzke
This is one of the more pointless books I've ever read. There are plot driven books and character driven books and somehow this is neither. I agree with other readers it's very much a "slice of life" sort of book but because nothing ever happens and everything that is discussed amongst the characters really seems to have no point, I really could not have cared less about any of them. And this is made more disappointing because there were glimmers of some of them where I wanted more development i ...more
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Bailey White was born in 1950 in Thomasville, Ga. She still lives in the same house in which she grew up, on one of the large tracts of virgin longleaf pine woods. Her father, Robb White, was a fiction writer and later a television and movie script writer. Her mother, Rosalie White, was a farmer, and worked for many years as the executive director of the local Red Cross Chapter. She has one brothe ...more
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