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We first meet Sarah and her friends Charlotte, Bitsy and Annie at the Charleston Cotillion Training School, where you're not allowed to dance with your cousin under any circumstances, and students are strictly forbidden from dancing the Shag. Sarah, who lives in the shadow of her brilliant, beautiful sister Eloise, is a reluctant debutante at best, and unsurprisingly heads East for college. She eventually lands in New York City, where she slaves away as an editorial assistant and ruins an impressive number of relationships with nice, and not so nice guys. Woven into Sarah's tales of romantic woe are Bitsy, Charlotte and Annie's struggles with infidelity, addiction and low self esteem, respectively. What saves this novel from becoming a cliched tale of failed romance and Southern excess is Crouch's amazing wit, which magically appears every time her characters' self-loathing threatens the affection we inevitably develop for each woman:
I loved the neighborhood: tiny streets peppered by angry painters with peacock-colored fingertips and sturdy women from Sicily clutching armfuls of warm bread. It took us a while to shed our Southern ways, but after a few months we figured out that one's natural height should not be enhanced by one's bangs.
Crouch's sharp wit and keen insight into the dynamics between mothers and daughters, sisters, friends and lovers make her an exciting newcomer to the Southern fiction genre. --Gisele Toueg --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Unlikable main character, a plodding plot, random flashbacks, no depth or reverberation, and wild fluctuations in narrators for no apparent reason. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Lexi Andreas
starts out great, but the rest of the book drags through her mumblings of wasted days with unmeaning, shallow relationships. Her style of writing is good, however... Read morePublished 29 days ago by nancy ray
The criteria provided by Amazon really didn't work for this book for me. The book started off great and I could imagine how the 'trials' of growing up would influence the prime... Read morePublished 3 months ago by michibilly
Dumb. A page turner to begin with, but completely lacking in substance. No real ending. I'm completely annoyed that I wasted my time finishing itPublished 3 months ago by MomOf2
The main character is so dysfunctional that I ceased sympathizing. The story is written in a way that makes you want to find out what happens next, but after a while you realize... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Mommy V
Great read, third time reason this book and I love it every time.Published 5 months ago by Marquise
Hmmm. I am not entirely sure about this one--I'll start with what I liked, but this was a very complex book. Read morePublished 7 months ago by SciFiMagpie