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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140296107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140296105
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #641,168 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lucille Odom, the 17-year-old precociously perceptive protagonist, narrates the story of her family's unravelling and its reconstitution in a different form," PW observed of this "luminous" novel by the author of Dreams of Sleep , who "again exhibits masterful control of language and narrative drive."
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YA Forging a gentle goodbye note when her mother abruptly deserts the family comes naturally to 17-year-old Lucille Odom of Mount Pleasant , South Carolina . She views her father as an innocent with a heart that could be easily broken. She worries about him, and about her older sister Rae who comes home pregnant and hastily married. This compassionate and wonderfully cerebral character comes alive on the first page. She has unforgettable views on patriotism, the ozone layer, men, the fallibility of human memory, and the many other concerns that she routinely ruminates about. During the summer of her family's upheaval and reconfiguration, her understanding of love in all its forms grows vastly as she leaves her childhood behind. A novel of outstanding quality. Keddy Outlaw, Harris County Public Library, Houston
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I read this book abou 3 years ago, when I was about to graduate school, and I still think about it a lot.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Estus on August 27, 2006
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Josephine Humphreys is one of my favorite authors (right up there with Atwood, Kingsolver, Morrison), and this book just became yet another reason. I'd avoided buying it for some years out of some ill-considered notion that I'd already experienced the story because I'd seen and enjoyed the film.

As soon as I bought "Rich in Love" and started in, I remembered why I love reading. The film followed the book rather faithfully, but Humphreys' flawless prose and palpable love for her characters elevated the experience. It is rare to enjoy superb craft *and* compassionate insight. Josephine Humphreys reaffirms my faith in humanity.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrea on May 25, 2001
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I read this book abou 3 years ago, when I was about to graduate school, and I still think about it a lot. It was very intetesting to read about adolescense in such an unusual way. I was delighted with some of Lucille's views of the world and at the same ti me found my own opinions more normal when I often saw them expressed by Josephine Humphreys, through Lucille. She is a girl who follows her impulses, acts according to her feelings and makes many mistakes. But those mistakes let her become a real human being and tell the reader that people are making mistakes all the time, and this is not a tragedy, but can teach you much about life. I loved the book and recommend it to everyone!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Barbara on January 28, 2001
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What a wonderful story! There are little tidbits of Charleston history and I could almost smell the pluff-mud while Lucille was in the backyard at her house while she was mentally going over things in her vacinity. This book covers the complexity of life from Run-away wives to headstrong teens to retirement stress to falling in love with the wrong person to a denied pregnancy to senior-aged romance. And all of this portrayed through the eyes of a seventeen year old daughter. Terrific book......I'm SO GLAD it was a recommendation from Amazon.com. Great story, I couldn't put it down til I finished it, and there again, the author doesn't leave you hanging and wondering about the characters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 16, 1999
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The novel Rich in Love by Josephine Humphreys is a great book filled with many answers to the mysterious feelings of growing adolescents. The character Lucille encompasses the essence of being an adolescent when dealing with the crises of her life. With mood swings, unexplained forceful reactions, and raging hormones, it's almost as if teenagers are reading a book about their own life. Most notable in the book is Lucille's view on love and how it should be handled. She has love for everything, but her true, secret love is Billy McQueen. Although she has had no physical pleasure with Billy, Lucille loves everything about him with every inch of her body. She appreciates all that he does, and notices several qualities which remain hidden to others. The reader watches as Lucille's love grows, and the reader is informed of all the feelings that she has. Lucille's love soon reaches the breaking point and evenually Billy seems to fall victim to its grasp. The result is adultery. This catches the reader off guard with just the thought of the age differential between the two. However, this incident brings Lucille into a new reality or a coming of age, where she realizes that she will never be with Billy. She knows that she has experienced love to its fullest and is secure enough and mature enough now, to handle the real world.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 15, 2002
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Everyone in my family and all of my friends have read this book and they love it. She writes with unique sensitivity and wit that distinguishes this book from all others. I strongly recommend it.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 16, 1999
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Overall, Rich in Love is a very unique story that displays how tramatic broken families are, and how children cope with the results of the parents' seperation. Lucille (the narrator) is faced with the problem of her mother running out on the family for unexplained reasons. This leaves her alone to protect her father while also growing up and encountering the typical teenage delimmas. This portion of the story is actually very interesting and worth while. Unfortunately, the ending is much less interesting. It follows the typical happy ending outline, and leaves you wondering what purpose the story actually has. You aren't left to contemplate the outcome of each character. Instead, you are forced to put up with a clean-cut, romanticized closure. If it were up to me, the final chapter or two would be completely removed. Most family problems end much differently, but this ending makes you think that all seperations are simply games that don't really affect people very deeply.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 15, 1999
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In 'toto', Rich in Love describes adolescent growth with feeling and truth. Seventeen-year-old Lucille Odom starts off the story with the betrayal of her mother. Her mother has just deserted the family after 27 long years of marriage; Lucille is at a lost because she cannot fathom why her mother would do this to her. Her mother's abandonment of the family leads Lucille to look inward, and discover that she has the strength to support her family. She learns to accept and deal with her families problems, such as her father going out with Vera or Rae coming home pregnant. Lucille is the one to keep a hold on things, and try to pull her family back together. The book comes full circle as the Odom family pulls together once again after Phoebe is born. They combine their individual strengths to help each other in times of need, but they also take separate paths to achieve their own goals. The outcome of Lucille's experience with a broken family is encouraging. Even though she had to deal with separated parents, she did her best to try to get her parents back together again. While doing this, she also learns more about herself and her strengths. Her maturity deepens as she solves problems, and learns to love her family no matter what happens.
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