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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS @ PUBLISHERS
  • ASIN: B000UDAT8K
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
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George McGrath
When Wood finally realizes he's a jerk and approaches Milan and asks if can ever hold her again, she tells him, "I love you and I won't waste one minute of that."
Maria R. Varecka
All of the characters were richly developed.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Mercedes J. TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 15, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This was such a wonderful book! I fell in love with almost everyone from the sweet little town of Paris, Arkansas right away. Once I picked this book up I wasn't able to put it down. I became hooked pretty much from the get-go.

The story centers around a group of 5 friends. Wood McIlmore, the town doctor, and his socially perfect wife Milan. Mavis...the owner of the local bake shop, Brundidge...who runs the liquor store and is always impeccably dressed...and Jeter, their quadriplegic (due to a football accident in high school) friend who resides at the nursing home.

As Ms. Thomason takes us deeper and deeper into the lives of these 5 people, you actually begin to feel like you've know them all your life. The problems this group faces singularly, and as a whole grabs your attention and won't let go till you've finished the book. A lot of ground is covered in this story, infidelity, suicide, murder, interracial couples, homosexuality, the slow death of small town America, and the importance of friends in our lives.

I definitely recommend this book. If you're looking for a satisfying read, you'll most certainly find it here. I can't wait for Ms. Thomason to come out with another novel. I loved Designing Women, I loved this book, and I have high hopes for the next tale she graces us with.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on October 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Linda Bloodworth Thomason shows the same creativity she used as a writer for such television programs as "M*A*S*H" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" in LIBERATING PARIS. The book's title leads a reader to anticipate a story about World War II. However, Thomason's first novel is set in Paris, Arkansas. Six childhood friends mature and deal with evolutions in each of their lives that affect the others. In addition, the town's face has changed and the characters must deal with the manifestations of that development.

Woodrow McIlmore the Third, "Wood" to his friends, is the epitome of success in his hometown of Paris, Arkansas. Married to the perfect wife, Milan, father of Charlie and Elizabeth, beloved town doctor Wood enters middle age with a generous lot of blessings. He reflects on his past and those souls whose influence has been the greatest in his life, at the funeral service for his father, Dr. Woodrow McIlmore, Jr.

Five compatriots from childhood join with Wood in his grief. Earl Brundidge, Jr., Mavis Pinkerton and Carl Jeter, along with Milan, share memories that none will forget. The unmentioned sixth member of the friends' group has moved from Paris. Her name is rarely mentioned. Wood's mother Slim is a woman's libber before her time and encourages them in unconventional behavior (for the era).

A complication in the form of one Sidney Garfinkel is apparent at the funeral. He offers consolation to Slim, and Wood resents him for interfering with his mother's grief. To intensify matters further, Elizabeth announces that she has fallen in love with and plans to marry the following summer Luke Childs, son of the maligned sixth member of Wood's friendship circle.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By catholicgrl2 on January 2, 2005
Format: Hardcover
If you liked the movie, "Love Actually," then you'll love "Liberating Paris" by Linda Bloodworth Thomason. Similar to Hugh Grant's hit movie, this book has multiple characters with multiple plots. The first chapter of the book leads the reader to believe the story will focus on one character - Wood McIlmore and his wife, Milan. But it's only a few chapters into the book that you realize you're going to know the intimate details of the lives of many other characters.

I only have one complaint about the book - Bloodworth Thomason does not seem to know Paris, Arkansas, as well as she should, given her story is set there. Less than 10 miles away from the small town of Paris is the town of Subiaco, Arkansas, which is comprised mainly of a large, Catholic, all-boys boarding school. Subiaco and Paris are "sister" cities, yet Subi was not mentioned once. Also, residents in Paris often travel to the nearest "big city" - Fort Smith, Arkansas - yet, it also wasn't mentioned. Bloodworth Thomason should have learned a little more about this area.

However, still worth a read!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By constant reader on September 27, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I loved the book. Some lines were so funny that they made me chuckle, and read them out loud to my husband. The setting is in a small Arkansas town, but the relationships and problems could be in any small town in the world. The author has written so skilfully that the reader can visualize the scenes and the characters vividly. The humor is subtle and sophisticated.

I am getting copies for my friends, since it is so refreshing and enjoyable.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Steve's Girl on December 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
I'm a voracious reader, and normally post my books for sale on Amazon as soon as I finish them. This book, however, has earned the title "A Keeper" in my personal collection...one of those books that I hold on to, and read over and over again.

The story is not original, but the author's voice certainly is. I laughed (hooted, actually) out loud, I sobbed, and in the end, I was enlightened. In the words of a beloved high school lit teacher, "Liberating Paris" manages to be "teachy without being preachy". High praise, indeed.

This is southern fiction at its very best, with a cast of characters that anyone who's ever lived in a small town will immediately recognize. Even though I stayed up until 1 a.m. to finish it, that didn't keep me from wanting it to go on forever. I eagerly await Ms. Thomason's next novel.
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