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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam; Later Printing edition (July 6, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0553380370
  • ISBN-13: 978-0553380378
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #143,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“It’s like listening to Virginia Woolf and her pals gossiping and philosophizing.”—Glamour

“Brown has some of the same effervescent yet secure trust in her local characters that Eudora Welty feels for hers...when history nicks them, they slap right back.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A lively and very lovely book.”—Publishers Weekly

No matter how quirky or devilish, Brown’s people cavort in an atmosphere of tenderness....It is refreshing to encounter this celebration of human energy.” —Chicago Sun-Times

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Whether careening through town propelling cars like long-range missiles, or laying waste to a costumed July Fourth parade, Wheezie and Juts Hunsenmeir are Runnymede's most irrepressible, mule-headed sister scat. together these unrivaled Southern siblings cheerfully raise hell-and a hell of a family-among some of the most colorful townsfolk you're ever likely to meet. Chief among them is elegant Celeste Chalfonte. As exquisite as she is fearless, Celeste kills a man and marries a woman, sloe-eyed Ramelle Bowman. And when Ramelle has Curtis Chalfronte's child, no one bats an eye-even though Ramelle has no intention of leaving her beloved Celeste. Then there's Fannie Jump Creighton who runs a speakeasy in her mansion. And activist Fairy Thatcher, who disappears into Hitler's Germany. Through it all run Wheezie and Juts, heading pell-mell into the future with their hands firmly gripped around each other's throats. spanning more than fifty years of the tumultuous twentieth century, six of One is a joyous celebration of the human sprit-and the ties binding even the unlikeliest families.

"Joyous, passionate and funny."--The Washington Post . --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


More About the Author

Rita Mae Brown is the bestselling author of the Sister Jane novels-Outfoxed, Hotspur, Full Cry, The Hunt Ball, The Hounds and the Fury, The Tell-Tale Horse, and Hounded to Death-as well as the Sneaky Pie Brown mysteries and Rubyfruit Jungle, In Her Day, Six of One, and The Sand Castle, among many others. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, Brown lives in Afton, Virginia.

Customer Reviews

Wonderful, nearly epic, and very very funny.
Peggy Vincent
This book makes me laugh, cry and at times it makes me angry at the injustice of it all.
zulma turner
I have read every book Rita Mae Brown has written, but this is still my favorite.
LezGus

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By S. Stinson VINE VOICE on April 9, 2002
Format: Paperback
"Six of One" is a rousing tale of two sisters told by Rita Mae Brown in her unapologetic, eccentric Southern style. She introduces us to Julia and Louise Hunsenmeir, fondly known as Juts and Wheezie, an indomitable pair of quarreling sisters born around the turn-of-the-century in Runnymede, Maryland. Spanning almost a century, we watch the madcap life of Juts and Wheezie take them from small tots following their mother around in the local rich lesbian's Georgian mansion to the birth of their own children and the mayhem that follows, to Juts and Wheezie as old cronies, still tangling in their 80's.
The ensemble cast features Cora, their strong and caring single mother, housekeeper of Celeste; the formidable Celeste Chalfonte, a charming lesbian without apology, and her lover, the elegantly beautiful Ramelle Bowman; Fairy Thatcher and Fannie Jump Creighton, ever-scheming schoolchums of Celeste; and in later chapters, Chessie and Pearlie, long-suffering husbands of Juts and Wheezie. These eccentric characters embody all the character flaws and quirks one would expect from a Rita Mae Brown novel depicting Southern characters, and is done as only she can.
Simply put, "Six of One" is a hoot! You'll laugh, cry, and laugh again at the shenanigans of this Runnymede bunch! Don't miss it
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 26, 2001
Format: Paperback
IMHO this is the best book that Rita Mae Brown has written. As other reviewers have noted there are hilarious scenes in the book. If the events occurring during the fourth of July parade don't have you falling off your chair, then you're not breathing. Although the book is quite funny, that's not what I enjoy most about it. What makes 6 of 1 so special to me is the way it describes relationships between people. These relationships strike home and appear real rather than fictional. When I looked at 6 of 1 on amazon many of the 'listmania' lists categorized this as literature for lesbians. I disagree, this is literature for everyone.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Vincent on October 15, 2003
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As the town of Runneymede is divided by the Mason Dixon Line, so is the family that Rita Mae Brown chronicles through several generations in this, one of her best loved and most popular books. Nobody writes internal family bitchy dialogue better than RMB, and she's off and running at top speed in Six of One. Love and war are nothing when it comes to sibling rivalry in a small town. Cora is the mother of this contentious clan of spirited, cranky, opinionated women. Spanning years from the early 1900s to the 1980s, the book alternates between past tense for the old years and present tense (told in the POV of Nickel, the bisexual daughter of Juts, one of the feuding sisters) for the more modern years.
Wonderful, nearly epic, and very very funny.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Liz Sayre on April 28, 2004
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I read this when I was very young, not long after reading the gripping but totally depressing Well of Loneliness. Six of One was the first lesbian title I read that made me laugh and feel hopeful. What a Joy!!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 31, 1999
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Six of One deserves to be ranked among the best works of modern authors in America. Rita Mae Brown's wit, wisdom, and winning prose capture the true flavor of much of the 20th century, with realistic characterizations which universally represent much of what is familiar to us all. This is not a book about a single subject, it is a book about life, and about love. But most of all it is a book about perspective and the genuine values in life. In this book, laughter resides at the top of the list. God help us all if Rita Mae Brown ever writes a comedy...I nearly died of laughter from this work of real life drama!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By J. Koscher on January 17, 2001
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What a feast of laughter... a celebration of sisterhood both biological and not... Brown does a wonderful job of treating the reader to a rich exploration of relationships. The siblings in the book celebrate the old double standard of "I can make fun of my sister but don't you do it!", the lesbian couple depict a strong and sturdy love that spans over 40 years... the best friends of both generations give the reader something to espire to reach with her own female friends. I was captivated by the tragic moments as well... they sneak up on you and are so unexpectedly powerful... Six of One floats through the years with many treasured memories and delightful tales... all the while swirling with an undercurrent of something deeper.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Angela Belt on March 29, 2000
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I've read this out loud to family and friends whenever I loaned out this book, and every time I laughed my head off. So did my mother, my gay neighbor, and my eight-year-old brother. This is funny stuff and it holds up over time, a hallmark of good writing.
Clearly, her outrageous characters and improbable situations won't appeal to everyone, but Rita Mae Brown is one hilarious writer. Her tone can be a mite self congratulatory, with an "Aren't I the smart one" undercurrent, but she is an outstanding storyteller.
Even if she never wrote another word, "Six of One" is a gift for every reader who picks it up.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 1997
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This is the first Rita Mae Brown book I have read. I purchased it at a used book sale when the stall was about to close; a friend pointed it out to me. You have to read it -- you'll love it! she enthused. I paid for it before the books were packed away and sent to the Peace Corps as donations. I was so glad she'd seen it, for this book made me laugh and smile and get choked up, too. My daughter kept interrupting me to give her brief rundowns of the chapter I was reading: she saw how involved I was. She goes to a French/Arabic school and does not yet read English fast enough to enjoy this book but she was tremendously interested in the characters and I am certain that she will read it in the next few years when her English improves. I cannot say enough good about this wonderful book. She made the great women of Runnymeade come alive for me and the only thing I did not like was the fact that it ended too soon for me! Not only will I recommend it to my friends here in Africa but I also plan on reading more of her books in the future. Thanks, Rita Mae, for giving us such a memorable book.
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