- 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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The Goddess Of Fried Okra Paperback – March 17, 2010
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
I wish someone had warned me before I spent good money on it.
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I really wanted to like the story but I just did not like the main character. She acts like a child and has the planning and decision-making skills of a child. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Voracious Reader
Strong female role models. Each has their own journey of life to come to grips with. I suspect a good movie could be made based on this book. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Pennybinker
I love Most everything Jean has written. But I have to confess Pea stole my heart as did every character in the book!Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer