Start by marking A Southern Exposure as Want to Read: Error rating book. They hope to leave behind a slightly unsatisfactory life. Their marriage was entering a luke warm phase, their associations back home did quite not offer a society wherein they shone, and that $300+ Lord & Taylor bill was bound to create embarassment. The gist of the story line is a couple moving from Connecticut, drawn for various reasons to live in a smaller southern town. by Ballantine Books. Yes, I finished it up last night--just so I could put it in the Friends of the Library box and get rid of it. Alice Adams was one of the great storytellers of the late 20th century, best known for her short stories, but Ive always loved her novels. The characters kept the book interesting enough, the plot reminded me of a Housewives of New Jersey sort of thing, but in the south, before the war. I kept waiting for it get better but never did - this one of those times that Im sorry I made myself finish it - a big waste of my time. Both husband and wife are escaping to a more affordable, what they assume colorful place. Many of the characters were just the same when the story ended (after several years) as when it started. I just couldn't get into this book, and have stopped reading. Entertaining novel with a satirical tone.

A lovely novel. holly oakland golden patriot ilex OK--here's a conundrumwhy can I not finish A TALE of TWO CITIES, which I know is a classic and a good story, yet, I actually finished this particular novel--which sounded much better on the back than it turned out. My choice by this author. Welcome back. Opening day is approaching for one of Tennessees newest outdoor venues, The Caverns Amphitheater. This was a good book,full of characters in a setting of the "new" south, ie: pre WW2,in a very socially active small University Town.

There was just so many "little" stories going on at once and it was all over the place. Lyrics convey dream of BrightStone singers. This had humor, lust, redemption, family dysfunction and pig shit. Yes, I finished it up last night--just so I could put it in the Friends of the Library box and get rid of it. She does not examine this much at all, but through the eyes of the "Yankee" woman, a discomfort becomes apparent, slowly for the mother, not for the daughter. Harry had a job he hated. OK--here's a conundrumwhy can I not finish A TALE of TWO CITIES, which I know is a classic and a good story, yet, I actually finished this particular novel--which sounded much better on the back than it turned out. Set in rural southern US in the years leading up to WWII. Great, but not required reading like her short story collections. I generally like books that are very character driven but I didn't particularly like any of the characters in this book, nor did I find them compelling. Subsequent characters and sub-plots were introduced with no additional depth, rendering this book just plain silly. Too many other books to read! A revelation as to how Southerners behave or don't behave, think or don't think. I bought this book years ago at a steep discount because I liked the cover (not the one shown on this site, BTW). Read on Theme: 48 Books with Seasonal Titles. She carefully and artfully avoids rhetoric, and at the same time describes the plight of women, and, merely touches on the racism.Which would ring true, of course, the absence of african american characters was a very real thing in those times at that place. This was a real bummer of a book for me. Refresh and try again. In many ways this is a sad book. It is a gossipy book, the protagonist constantly remarking on "Southern" attitudes, social mores, and of course, the segregation. Alice Adams was one of the great storytellers of the late 20th century, best known for her short stories, but Ive always loved her novels. What was the point? The wife escaping a bill she cannot pay from Lord and Taylors in NYC, the man helping to settle in a less rat race town where he may have a higher social standing without the pocket book necessary in New York. They hope to leave behind a slightly unsatisfactory life. Yes, I know there were women admitted to the bar back then, but really, it was so rare, it's almost cliched that she goes back to school, gets her degree, and gets into law school.

}}(document,'script','twitter-wjs'); Savored the delicious writing and enjoyed the characters but wanted it to go somewhere more interesting. Summer is taking on a new meaning for me this year. It also means the end of high school for my daughter Maggie, who graduated Brentwood High and is heading to the University of South Carolina this fall. I devoured this on vacation.

And most people are aware by now that another war is coming, though few will say so and most dont want to think about it. Golf Tournament, The Restaurant: Puckett's Grocery & Restaurant, Get A Boost Against COVID: What You Need To Know About Boosters, In the Loop: Williamson Medical Center Groundbreaking Ceremony. In some ways, it reminded me of Updikes's writing of a certain class of people, educated but done with learning,only to fall victim to base yearnings and entanglements. And she could set them in their milieu and tell you all the important things to know about them in just a few sentences. This had the potential to be a good book - however I feel it was very poorly written. It would have been much better had the author picked one or two of stories and developed them more along the characters. Their marriage was entering a luke warm phase, their associations back home did quite not offer a society wherein they shone, and that $300+ Lord & Taylor bill was bound to create embarassment. What more could you ask of Southern literature?

This had the potential to be a good book - however I feel it was very poorly written. Cynthia and Harry Baird and their 12-year-old daughter, Abigail, have fled Connecticut (each for their own reasons) for a place where they hope they can regain their self-respect and their financial equilibrium. I like most of the people or at least was interested in what happened to them. All of these people exist in four or five dimensions and their individual stories -- which Adams lets the reader in on a little at a time, like real life -- will keep you reading steadily until you finish the book. The point of view switches between the two women and Russ Byrd himself (Harry mostly just provides background for his wife and daughter) as they sort out the complications in their lives which, as you knew they would, begin to intertwine about each other. {var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; A fast read. This was a real bummer of a book for me. I kept waiting for it get better but never did - this one of those times that Im sorry I made myself finish it - a. js.id=id; In the end, I felt no one had grown or done anything about their problems. if(!d.getElementById(id)) Winds light and variable. Harry an. fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js,fjs); The gist of the story line is a couple moving from Connecticut, drawn for various reasons to live in a smaller southern town. I was pleasantly surprised. What surprised me the most, was the constant extra marital activity that spun through the social settings, me, being a child of the late 50's and 60's, had no idea that sort of thing went on. I made it through halfway before I decided there was no redemption to be found between the covers of this tome. Both husband and wife are escaping to a more affordable, what they assume colorful place. Our area is filled with interesting h, All-American Theme Suits Williamson County Fair Perfectly. And the main female character gets admitted to law school and it's like 1943.

Sunny. How things are made right by just not talking about them. Their 11 year old daughter hates it at first, and is the first to detest the segregation, and what she feels is stupidity. Actually, couldn't get started. !function(d,s,id) With the warmer weather and increased gas prices, a lot of folks this summer are thinking about staycations. However, you dont need a staycation to take advantage of visiting the many historical sites that dot Williamson County and Middle Tennessee. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. It signifies the end of the school year. Let us know whats wrong with this preview of, Published The book made absolutely no sense at all. It would have been much better had the author picked one or two of stories and developed them more along the characters. When the Baird family--Harry, Cynthia, and 10-year old daughter Abigail--late of Connecticut relocate to sleepy Pinehill, South Carolina in 1939, they are seeking a fresh start at the tail end of the Depression and the eve of World War II. The wife escaping a bill she cannot pay from Lord and Taylors in NYC, the man helping to settle in a less rat race town where he may have a higher soc. And then theres young Deirdre Yates, astonishingly beautiful and with her own secrets and pressures, and theres Jimmy Hightower, who deliberately built his big new house just down the road from Russ Byrds, hoping some of his idols writing talent would rub off. It was hard to get started. The problem was that not much happened. Blah blahglad it's done--now let me find something else that will pique my interest. There was no character development therefore I really didn't care what happened to anyone. Unfortunately, not one single element of the writing lived up to what could have been an interesting read. Wed love your help. And you will wish there was more. The characters seem to live such misdirected lives.

That being said, I did get caught up in those lives and the dialogue. And she could set them in their milieu and tell you all the important things to know about them in just a few sentences. The setting this time is the small college town of Pinehill (North Carolina. {js=d.createElement(s);

I just couldn't find the interest to read it.

And she was one of the great delineators of character, too, painting deft portraits of urbane but conflicted Northern women and smart but constricted Southerners. Great book to read along with The Help by Stockett. Cynthia had unpaid bills at Lord & Taylors, but she also has a crush (without having ever met him) on James Russell Lowell Byrd, a regionally famous poet living in Pinehill. I was intrigued with the premise of the story: well-off society New Yorker family on the run from messed up past, set in immediate pre-WWll era, settle up in a small southern town for a new start. Winds light and variable.. Clear skies. In the Loop: Oak Cottage for Women Grand Opening. Williamson, Inc. held its annual Golf Classic in May at the Little Course in Franklin. I wanted to like this book, but just could not. Abbys school was full of rich girls she didnt like; her only real friend was the son of the schools black janitor. js.src='https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js'; Tennessee Women Connect Continues to Grow. Low 72F. Your Futures So Bright Youve Gotta Wear Shades, Photos by Cassie and Derby Jones, Coleman Bomar and Paula Lovelace, In the Loop: Franklin's State of the City Address, The Partnership: Williamson Inc. The setting this time is the small college town of Pinehill (North Carolina, probably, though its never specified) and the time is 1938, with the Depression having made a lasting mark especially on communities that were never that well off to begin with. And the main female character gets admi. Unfortunately, not one single element of the writing lived up to what could have been an interesting read. I was initially slightly amused with the flippant style the author used to introduce the ridiculous Baird family, but the lack of substance in this style of writing just got old quickly and struck me as vapid and juvenile.

There was just so many "little" stories going on at once and it was all over the place. Harry and Cynthia wished to cultivate a new circle of friends who would be duly impressed with their east coast sophistication, and they hoped the small town economies would improve their financial picture. It took me forever to read because I had to keep going back and rereading to see what in the world she was talking about and who it was that was doing the talking. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. I was intrigued with the premise of the story: well-off society New Yorker family on the run from messed up past, set in immediate pre-WWll era, settle up in a small southern town for a new start. Zeta Reads for February 2018. [CDATA[ In the Loop: Williamson Herald & Southern Exposure Black Business Mixer held at Williamson Inc. The author was all over the place like she was on some kind of drugs that made her thoughts flit here there and every where. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. There was no character development therefore I really didn't care what happened to anyone. Don't judge!!! I shouldn't say that I didn't like this book. And she was one of the great delineators of character, too, painting deft portraits of urbane but conflicted Northern women and smart but constricted Southerners. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Here at Goodreads World Headquarters, we receive correspondence from all over the planet, and every summer we hear from our friends in the "A work that will be for many readers as memorable as the last decade's Superior Women, and her exquisite novel from the 1970s, Listening to Billie.". Just couldn't finish this book - need a shelf for that. Now that I've moved, I'm getting around to reading books that fell in the nooks and crannies. This is one of her later books, and quite gritty but very satisfying in the end.

Updike, but better. Never really went anywhere; unsatisfying. Cynthia and Abby also have a great deal of adjusting to do (or not) when it comes to Southern susceptibilities regarding race and gender. When the Baird family--Harry, Cynthia, and 10-year old daughter Abigail--late of Connecticut relocate to sleepy Pinehill, South Carolina in 1939, they are seeking a fresh start at the tail end of the Depression and the eve of World War II. Its hard to miss the pavilion on Green Pastures Farm along Franklin Road in Brentwood, and soon, there will be a new piece of art there to honor the familys heritage. I was initially slightly amused with the flippant style the author used to introduce the ridiculous Baird family, but the lack of substance in this style o. Rather stupid characters, some very true-to-form racism of the 1940s, lots of people having affiars with others. Going to return it to the library shortly. Descriptions of the fragrant and rich landscape were breif, but adequate. //]]>, Be the first to ask a question about A Southern Exposure. , And theres Jimmys wife, Esther, an Oklahoma Jew, who lives in terror of what Hitler might do. This was just about the most confusing book I've ever read. Adams is comfortable with both male and female characters, and described them well. She exposes the shallowness of their socail climbing while maintaining a warm humanity.

I have rediscovered Alice Adams and she is a mesmerizing writer. What was the point? High 99F. A depression-era story set in the southern US, told in the third person present tense with an omniscient narrator-- kind of interesting after reading batches of books told in 1st person/present tense. //

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