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Product Details

  • Paperback: 242 pages
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (March 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984125892
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984125890
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (131 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,728,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By K. Kitchens on April 30, 2010
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This story follows the traditions of the best southern writers. The characters are offbeat, fascinating and all have skeletons in their closet and yet they are immensely entertaining. This is a fast paced story that you just don't want to put down. When the novel was finished I immediately hoped that Jean Brashear would continue the story line in subsequent novels about these characters. This book is full of strong women determined to make their way in the world and find the only thing that really ever matters - family. Any person who identifies with strong women or loves the south will love this book.
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THE GODDESS OF FRIED OKRA is the kind of book you always hope to find and rejoice wildly when you do.

Full of humanity, humor, fearless creativity, and deep,genuine emotion, this is the story of Eudora "Pea" O'Brien. She is eccentric, vulnerable, and absolutely heroic in ways she herself can not begin to suspect at the beginning of her startling journey.

The book introduces you to a host of vivid characters who will make you care and care deeply, especially "Pea," a woman who truly deserves the title of "heroine." She takes chances, she makes mistakes, she learns,she dares; she is unstoppable--and unforgettable.

Jean Brashear has created a story that works on many levels. It is wonderfully new and original and filled with the local color of Texas. Yet it is also rich in timeless themes and with matters that transcend region or place.

(And, hey, how often do you find a story that seamlessly blends the heroic importance of fried okra as well as a woman's mastery of sword play? A story that is hysterically funny and yet will make you blink very hard to keep from crying?)

This is a keeper. Grab it and cherish it.
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The story was ok, but I couldn't find myself liking the main character. There wasn't much depth to any of the supporting characters and most of them were cliched. It read more like a screenplay than a book, and it just wasn't believable. The story had a sweet premise - if it had been longer with more character development it would have been easier to like. However, it's much better than a lot of free books, and not too bad for the price.
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This book got some good reviews so I was excited to read it. It is very disappointing. Although the story has some good points, the main character, Eudora, is ridiculous. A thirty year old acting this way is just plain stupid. Getting on the road with so poor a plan, so few resources and making such stupid decisions along the way is crazy. Reading a cheap romance novel and embedding the fiction with so much power is silly. She acted like a 10 year old throughout the whole story except for the sex part. Would have been a good story if Eudora wasn't so exaggerated.
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Imagine yourself in the greeting card section in your local drugstore. Your assignment is to read every card on the shelf. Now string together all the cliches and romantic notions you found there, throw in an enormous dose of editorializing, add some English usage problems and you have "Goddess of Fried Okra." It's a shame the book is so cliche because it has the rudimentaries of a good book in southern tradition. But it never really becomes anything more than a joke on the reader. If you are looking for good fiction, this isn't it. If you just want a silly read at a 10th grade level, this may be the book for you.

I wish someone had warned me before I spent good money on it.
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The Goddess of Fried Okra is the story of Eudora "Pea" O'Brien who strikes out across modern-day central Texas in search of her dead sister's soul, gambling on the chance that reincarnation will reunite her with the last vestige of family. With Texas road markers as her milestones, Pea's fascinating journey becomes one of self-discovery and empowerment as she looks, on a deeper level, for forgiveness, for a place to belong, for strength, for folks to love -- for Home.

From the opening sentence, "Nothing else could have put me on the road again, not after eighteen years of being dragged all over creation," you know you're in for a memorable ride with the "professional" convenience store clerk at the wheel. Because she is desperate--and poignantly brave--Pea drives on in blind faith that the road will eventually be her salvation. As Pea searches every face for "Sister's spooky eyes," she encounters and adopts an assortment of unique-yet-believable souls.

Like Larry McMurtry's writing, the quirky Texas details and hilarious/touching inner dialogue give Goddess its original, appetizing flavor. The presence of Conan the Barbarian and kick-ass women wielding swords in the Texas Hill Country are prime examples. The unforgettable characters that befriend Pea on her mesquite-pocked odyssey are beautifully and frankly etched. As Pea, novelist Jean Brashear writes with an authentic Southern woman's voice, subtly examining themes common to stories of unforgettable women: abandonment, regret, redemption, sisterhood, strength and acceptance.
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I downloaded the book to support fellow Bell Bridge author Jean Brashear (hadn't read any of her books before) - and it was on the Amazon Summer Sunshine Deals, and, I had/have a new Kindle--so, I thought "why not?"

I figured I'd like the book, but, I didn't know I'd love it and the narrator so much! All of the characters were likeable, even when they were behaving unlikeable or unreasonable (because that's what real people do)--and that makes for interesting people to watch and follow. If you engage me in the character(s), I will follow them anywhere, and that's just what I did - followed Pea and the people she met along the way towards her journey to "find her sister."

I loved Pea's vulnerability mixed with strength, the way she doubted herself but then rose up and kicked arse when she needed to. I loved that she felt gawky at times, but also knew her power as a woman. She'd be someone I'd want on my side, as a friend. I loved the little Texas town, and I loved that the characters sometimes surprised me even when they were doing predictable things that shouldn't surprise me!

I so much enjoyed this book - and had a lot of fun reading it. At the end, I wanted more pages, just to see what Pea would do next, but the ending satisfied me enough to where I could "close the book" and heave up a sigh of happy.

If I had one teeny thing I wanted at the end, just one itty-bit of a thing - I wanted to know what happened to Isis-- I assume she's just fine and snoozing in some corner, but I'd have liked to have had one last something said about her at the end -- a small thing, after all (and I may have missed something -wouldn't be the first time! I think I'll go read the ending again and see if she's there after all!).

Oh, and I sure do want some cinnamon toast and fried okra something fierce now! :-D

All in all, a fun, delightful, engaging read with characters I grew to love and care for.
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