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I love Susan Reinhardt's humor and hilarious characters --Sara Gruen, New York Times bestselling author of Water for Elephants and Ape House

You don t have to be from the South to fall in love with Susan Reinhardt s novel, Chimes from a Cracked Southern Belle. Reinhardt shows her fiction chops in this hilarious, offbeat and painfully accurate portrayal of one woman s journey back to sanity in the South. In the southern fried voice we ve come to love from her memoirs, humor columnist Susan Reinhardt goes for the jugular with hilarity and a touch of key lime pie sweetness in her first novel, Chimes from a Cracked Southern Belle. The South will rise again when fans of humor columnist Susan Reinhardt read this novel, assuming they can pick their jaws up off the floor and stop laughing long enough... --Tracy Beckerman, syndicated humor columnist and author, Lost in Suburbia: A Momoir. How I Got Pregnant, Lost Myself, and Got My Cool Back in the New Jersey Suburbs

Reinhardt creates such colorful, loveable and familiar characters, that we will look for them in our Crayola boxes. Then, when we discover the BRIGHTNESS, depth and breadth of the hues are not there, we understand that they were her discovery alone. She draws you into the narrative by scribbling the funniest lines outside of the box, in a tapestry of a story that can only be woven with her passion for telling it, a deft wit and a true understanding of the outrageous co-existences of family relationships. Relayed in her southern up-bringing conversational dialogue, even a Yankee will relate to the hysterical should-be-a-movie scenes, running rampant throughout the book. Reinhardt has spun a new color of gold with this one. --D.C. Stanfa, author of the award-winning The Art of Table Dancing, and Fifty Shades of Funny: Hook-ups, Break-ups and Crack-ups.

I have had the very great pleasure of reading excerpts from Susan Reinhardt's new novel, Chimes from a Cracked Southern Belle. It is just a marvel of wit in that grand southern tradition in which we laugh in order not to cry. This is summer reading. --Elaine Neil Orr, bestselling author of A Different Sun: A Novel of Africa

Chimes from a Cracked Southern Belle is a top summer reading pick by the University of Georgia. --University of Georgia

I have had the very great pleasure of reading excerpts from Susan Reinhardt's new novel, Chimes from a Cracked Southern Belle. It is just a marvel of wit in that grand southern tradition in which we laugh in order not to cry. This is summer reading. --Elaine Neil Orr, bestselling author of A Different Sun: A Novel of Africa

Chimes from a Cracked Southern Belle is a top summer reading pick by the University of Georgia. --University of Georgia

About the Author

Susan Reinhardt is a syndicated columnist in Asheville, North Carolina, and is a graduate of the University of Georgia. A mother of two, Reinhardt has written three humorous bestsellers, including Not Tonight, Honey Wait 'til I'm a Size 6. She has also collaborated on numerous anthologies and is a popular speaker and Sarah Palin impersonator.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Grateful Steps Foundation; First edition (June 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935130625
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935130628
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #320,431 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Susan Reinhardt, a well-known, award-winning columnist is author of six books along with many anthologies. Her first novel, "Chimes from a Cracked Southern Belle" is now available and getting great reviews.
Her bestselling book of humor, "Not Tonight Honey, Wait 'Til I'm a Size 6," is now in its 7th printing. This was followed by "Don't Sleep with a Bubba," A Book of the Year winner, and "Dishing with the Kitchen Virgin," a best-selling collection of hilarious culinary disasters with a dash of PG-13 humor and a smidgeon of sex. All were published by Kensington in New York City.
Her recent books include participating in the Malaprop's Book Store bestseller, "Naked Came the Leaf Peeper," in which a dozen of Western North Carolina's most well-known authors went wild with a serial novel, each taking a turn with his or her own chapter. The book was highly praised by Charles Frazier, author of "Cold Mountain," along with "Eat Pray Love's" Elizabeth Gilbert.
In November, 2012, she and co-author and editor DC Stanfa released "Fifty Shades of Funny: Hook-ups, Break-ups, and Crack-ups," featuring some of the most famous authors and bloggers around, including their own tales of romantic misadventure and blunders.
Soon, she will release her biggest project to date: Her first novel, 10 years in the making titled, "Chimes from a Cracked Southern Belle."
In addition to writing, she's a stand-up comedian, public speaker, public servant, taxi driver to her teen daughter, debit card to her 20-year-old son, and a borderline candidate to appear on "The Hoarders" Buried Alive!" if you saw her bedroom/office and the amount of books and stacked papers.
She is mother of two: daughter Lindsey, 15, and son Niles, 20. They are her true loves and the very reason she BEGS her husband (second hubby) for Botox at least once a year.
Reinhardt is involved in many charities, including child and animal welfare groups and is a community volunteer.
To book her for speaking, comedy or book club events, call 1-828-338-0030.

Customer Reviews

Great story line and very believable characters!
Sue Stewart
This book not only brought the usual laughs, but says a lot about choices we make, how we can remake our lives, age gracefully and with life...and have fun doing it.
Sue R. Fernandez
Great humor, family love and sweetness, with a little naughty thrown in.
Linda Patrick

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Elaine D. Little on June 29, 2013
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Chimes from a Cracked Southern Bell is totally amazing. It's starts with Susan Reinhardt's usual humor that makes me feel like she REALLY knew my mama, grew up in my community, and had some illegal way of seeing inside my head about so many little things I've never actually shared with anyone.

But this is what I've come to expect from Reinhardt, so it was nothing out of the ordinary. So many hilarious anecdotes more than once made my family come down and see what I was laughing so loudly about---for example:

(a) "...the other mothers wore clothes from the Lands End catalog and flat leather shoes and spawned children they dressed in linen and oversized bows and who never got terribly dirty or mucousy...How would I ever fit into this world?"

(b) "...She meant well. Only I wasn't well enough for what she meant."

(c) "Rev. Bryce Jeter, Satan's Soulmate, had led 26 men and women to salvation during funerals. I always thought it strange that a preacher would issue a call for live souls while trying to send dead ones off with a reverent bang."

(d) "...I preferred the Methodist's less dramatic forms of a saving..."

It was all the sorts of things I loved from your humor/memoir books, but then again, so much more. The premise of Prudy's near-murder is so twisted that you can't help but laugh a little. We're allowed to do so for so long that it's almost silly, and then----BOOM!---- it gets worse---much, much worse. The real pain in so very intense it's like we've stepped off the edge into a totally different book. Susan Reinhardt NAILS it---the sheer, gut-wrenching pain here is as real as anything else is funny. How can she go to such opposite extremes in 372 pages? And do it SO WELL?
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sherry Howe on July 10, 2013
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This is a laugh-out-loud, tears-down-your-cheeks, heartwarming, heart-wrenching story! I read it in ONE day! And I loved every minute of it!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sue R. Fernandez on July 4, 2013
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To say that Susan Reinhardt makes me laugh out loud while reading her is an understatement. I'd recommend any of her other books...but this is different...her venture into fiction.
Around page 45 ish is a scene that will have tears coming to your eyes from laughing. I'll only say it has to do with a monkey being, well...a monkey.
I put this book ahead of some others, because I'd had a rough week. This book not only brought the usual laughs, but says a lot about choices we make, how we can remake our lives, age gracefully and with life...and have fun doing it.
It's hilarious, but touching, and it's well worth every penny.
That is causes me to bring out my Southern accent while reading is simply a plus!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Susan Levi on July 3, 2013
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Great book! I had a hard time putting it down. Prudy's story is the story of a lot of women and Susan tells it with humor, sadness and even throws in a dash of forgiveness. The book tells of love and heartache in the deep South. You will laugh hysterically and cry, but you will not forget the well-honed characters in this novel. Mama and aunt Weepie are fine examples of the strong matriarchal women of the South. Well done, Susan, I look forward to your next one!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Murphysmom on July 12, 2013
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I am not a fan of fiction but I had to get this because I am a big fan of the author. I am so glad I picked it up and now I can't put it down.

The characters in this are hilarious and full of heart. I was trying to describe it to a friend and said, "It's like a really great DESIGNING WOMEN."
And to be clear I am talking early '80's DESIGNING WOMEN not the crap that came along towards the end.
I feel like I actually know these crazy women and I can practically taste the funeral casseroles. My only complaint is they aren't real because I sure would love to hang out with them. But not at the zoo.

I would love to have an audio book of this read by the writer.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kenneth Green on July 11, 2013
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I can't believe that this is a first novel! The character's are lovable, funny and real. Susan has pegged southern women in this hilarious page turner about triumph over death and depression. You won't be able to put it down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Maxine G. on August 20, 2013
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Just the title of Susan's book says it all- If you aren't or don't know a CRACKED SOUTHERN BELLE- it makes you want to immediately delve into this book. Now for me being of the 'belle cloth' it was natural to see myself, my Grandma, and in so many ways, my life. It's just that I never knew there were others like 'my family.' Never have I laughed so hard and so much. Susan is a TRIP- a trip I'll gladly take any time it's offered! You just might find out you're a CRACKED SOUTHEREN BELE too!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lesley A. Mullen on September 6, 2013
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Susan is a classical portrait of a southern writer. Comedy is the rarest talent...she made me laugh on page one. Outrageously grim but infused with a melancholic gritty complexity.
Lesley Anna Mullen
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