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Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail Hardcover – March, 1983

4.2 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews

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Shivers is writer-in-residence at Augusta State University. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Inc (T); 1st edition (March 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0394523881
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394523880
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,212,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
Years ago at a writers' conference in South Georgia, I met Ms. Shivers. She read an excerpt from her tiny novel and I was hooked. Now I read it often, especially when I've had to be around people who butcher the english language. Shiver's beautiful prose is like a soothing salve. Ex: "There were trees along the main street, real tall elms as old and lofty as the Confederate monument on top of the mound in Elmwood Cemetery. In the summers any little stir from the branches fanned the cured tobacco smell from the warehouses and sealed it over the center of town like a jar lid." Now, who in their right mind, after reading those words, wouldn't want to catch the next bus to North Carolina just to find such a place? Shivers writes like she's sitting in a porch swing, talking. Don't have time for a long book? Pick up a copy of this little jewel. Its rich, southern voice will lure you in and you won't want it to end!
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By A Customer on January 9, 2000
Format: Paperback
This obscure novel is one of the best books I've ever read (and I've read many, all genres). In a deceptively simple story of an illicit love in tobacco country, the author deals with the deepest mysteries of life, death, and redemption. I wish Louise Shivers were more prolific, and so will you after you read this slender but astonishing book.
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By A Customer on May 21, 1998
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you read only one book this year, make sure it's Louise Shiver's lovely little book. Yes, it's out of print, but worth the effort to hunt for. There is a treasure awaiting whoever goes to the trouble. I heard Ms. Shivers read an excerpt from this book when it first came out, and the memory still brings up a sense of incredulity at the beauty of the language she used. I consider it among the top 3 favorite books I've ever read. Get it! Read it! Then read it again. . . . and again. . .!
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Format: Paperback
The writer had a well rounded understanding of the way life use to be in tobacco towns. Most of the community worked together to make sure the tobacco crop was harvested at the right time and cured properly. I learned a lot that I didn't know about this. Roxy, the narrator of the story, allowed her loneliness and passion to overrule her reasoning when the opportunity presented itself. Her hunger was so great, that she and the new guy in town acted like rabbits. Her lover eventually killed her husband, who was naive and trusting, and took her to another state under false pretenses (she didn't know her husband had been killed). A very interesting book. Her husband had treated her lover like a brother. How could he betray his kindness?
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
It was OK. Kind of slow moving, but I did have a good picture in my head of the place descriptions. You really did feel how the main character felt life just happening to her, she really seemed unable to make any decisions for herself.
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Format: Kindle Edition
This is a small novel that is perfectly pitched. Not one sentence could be subtracted or added.

It is the story of the conflict between marital fidelity and red-hot passion told from the limited perpective of a narrator caught in the the circumstances that become clear as she struggles to say what happened.

Limited to a Southern tobacco town in the Depression era, its limit is the novella's genius.
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Format: Paperback
It was an interesting plot but even more interesting set in the Great Depression where tobacco enabled families to survive. Simply put, there is much truth in this novel. If I taught American history I would include it on my reading list to stimulate students bored with history.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Being from the real "Tar County" and of that era I could see in my mind's eye and feel in my bones the time and place the writer described. The story was almost secondary the book's surreal aura.
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