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Divining Women by Kaye Gibbons
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Jul 17, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: from-the-south
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Recommended for: fans of Kaye Gibbons, Southern writers

** spoiler alert ** Someone please explain to me what this title has to do with the story, which I found to be more like a novella or long short-story than a novel. Where was the divining? Did I miss a chapter? I enjoyed reading this book, however--a tale about good women plagued by bad men and vice versa. Yes, another Southern feminist work by Gibbons (and why not?), in this case written in some of her most eloquent prose. The character Troop Ross, a spoiled child grown into a reprehensible man who browbeats and constantly belittles his beautiful, kindhearted wife, is a villain surpassed in wickedness only by another of her characters, Samuel Tate from ON THE OCCASION OF MY LAST AFTERNOON. But I think Gibbons will have to challenge herself more if she intends to carry forward the banner Eudora Welty left behind.

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