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Georgia Bottoms : a novel
Mark Childress
Adult Fiction CHILDRE

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Sassy Southern belle Georgia has a lot of secrets: a rotation of gentleman callers with unique sexual needs, a mother with a tenuous hold on reality, and a lucrative (if dodgy) business of selling at a huge mark-up the folk art quilts she buys and passes off as her own creations. But then 9/11 comes along, Georgia's world of naughty innocence is changed forever, and all the plates she once spun so effortlessly in midair come crashing down: her illegitimate black son shows up on her doorstep; her best friend and town mayor, Krystal, loses her job; her demented mom and drunken brother become increasingly errant; and one of her boyfriends-a spiteful preacher-has an unfortunate attack of conscience and intends to publicly confess his affair and simultaneously condemn poor Georgia to hell. Childress (One Mississippi) is sassy magnolia lit's Truman Capote-sharply observant, unrelentingly honest, and downright hilarious-and his Georgia peach is the freshest bad girl to rise from the South since Scarlett O'Hara. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

Georgia Bottoms is a real piece of work. An Alabama beauty in her thirties who goes to church for appearance's sake, she is juggling a lot of balls (pun intended): she is caring for her mother, Little Mama, who is slipping further into dementia; trying to keep her charming but worthless brother out of jail; and struggling to maintain their crumbling Southern home by sleeping with six town fathers, each assigned one night a week, who leave her "a little something" after their rendezvous. Oh, yes, then there's the matter of her son from a forbidden high school romance with an African American classmate, whose appearance is part of the unraveling of Georgia's carefully constructed house of cards. VERDICT Childress (Crazy in Alabama) is a master of regional detail-his portrayal of shallow, narcissistic Georgia (she's annoyed that 9/11 derails her annual ladies' lunch) is an amusing tale of small-town naughtiness that should please most readers. Just be sure to be up on notable U.S. events, or the last page may sail right on by you. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 9/15/10.]-Beth E. Andersen, Ann Arbor Dist. Lib., MI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Georgia Bottoms
Female
Age: 30's
Baptist
Lives with her mother; has sexual relations with many prominant men in town.



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