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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics) (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140296107
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140296105
  • ASIN: B001QXC4X6
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 7.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,155,408 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Rich in Love is a story that centers around a housewife’s choice to suddenly abandon her family, and the ways her departure causes her loved ones to unravel and ultimately rebuild. Told in the point of view of her seventeen year old daughter, it is a study in the ways we break the ones we love, both by accidently and consciously.

Lucille Odom does not know how to react when she reads her mother’s note that she has left to find herself. Soon, Lucille finds herself her father’s driver as he searches in vain to find his wife. The emptiness of their home is disrupted by the arrival of her sister and surprise brother in law, which brings chaos and questions as they search for a new normal.

This book reminds us that there is nothing certain but change, and that over time in marriage and in raising children a spouse can lose their own identity. What the wife does to her family is cruel, but she was deeply in pain. While her husband was angry and at a loss over her abandonment, he grows and becomes enlightened in her absence, and ultimately a stronger, happier person.

Lucille is a complicated young woman trying to figure out love on her own terms. She makes a lot of mistakes and is deeply flawed, but you wish her the best.

This book takes place in Charleston and Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina and those who love the area and the culture will appreciate this novel.
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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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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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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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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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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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