- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: HARPERCOLLINS @ PUBLISHERS (2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0641697333
- ISBN-13: 978-0641697333
- Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,702,118 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The story centers around a group of 5 friends. Wood McIlmore, the town doctor, and his socially perfect wife Milan. Mavis...the owner of the local bake shop, Brundidge...who runs the liquor store and is always impeccably dressed...and Jeter, their quadriplegic (due to a football accident in high school) friend who resides at the nursing home.
As Ms. Thomason takes us deeper and deeper into the lives of these 5 people, you actually begin to feel like you've know them all your life. The problems this group faces singularly, and as a whole grabs your attention and won't let go till you've finished the book. A lot of ground is covered in this story, infidelity, suicide, murder, interracial couples, homosexuality, the slow death of small town America, and the importance of friends in our lives.
I definitely recommend this book. If you're looking for a satisfying read, you'll most certainly find it here. I can't wait for Ms. Thomason to come out with another novel. I loved Designing Women, I loved this book, and I have high hopes for the next tale she graces us with.
Woodrow McIlmore the Third, "Wood" to his friends, is the epitome of success in his hometown of Paris, Arkansas. Married to the perfect wife, Milan, father of Charlie and Elizabeth, beloved town doctor Wood enters middle age with a generous lot of blessings. He reflects on his past and those souls whose influence has been the greatest in his life, at the funeral service for his father, Dr. Woodrow McIlmore, Jr.
Five compatriots from childhood join with Wood in his grief. Earl Brundidge, Jr., Mavis Pinkerton and Carl Jeter, along with Milan, share memories that none will forget. The unmentioned sixth member of the friends' group has moved from Paris. Her name is rarely mentioned. Wood's mother Slim is a woman's libber before her time and encourages them in unconventional behavior (for the era).
A complication in the form of one Sidney Garfinkel is apparent at the funeral. He offers consolation to Slim, and Wood resents him for interfering with his mother's grief. To intensify matters further, Elizabeth announces that she has fallen in love with and plans to marry the following summer Luke Childs, son of the maligned sixth member of Wood's friendship circle.Read more ›
I only have one complaint about the book - Bloodworth Thomason does not seem to know Paris, Arkansas, as well as she should, given her story is set there. Less than 10 miles away from the small town of Paris is the town of Subiaco, Arkansas, which is comprised mainly of a large, Catholic, all-boys boarding school. Subiaco and Paris are "sister" cities, yet Subi was not mentioned once. Also, residents in Paris often travel to the nearest "big city" - Fort Smith, Arkansas - yet, it also wasn't mentioned. Bloodworth Thomason should have learned a little more about this area.
However, still worth a read!
I am getting copies for my friends, since it is so refreshing and enjoyable.
The story is not original, but the author's voice certainly is. I laughed (hooted, actually) out loud, I sobbed, and in the end, I was enlightened. In the words of a beloved high school lit teacher, "Liberating Paris" manages to be "teachy without being preachy". High praise, indeed.
This is southern fiction at its very best, with a cast of characters that anyone who's ever lived in a small town will immediately recognize. Even though I stayed up until 1 a.m. to finish it, that didn't keep me from wanting it to go on forever. I eagerly await Ms. Thomason's next novel.
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I thought, after reading a couple of chapters, that Liberating Paris was going to be a very entertaining story with lots of laughs and very well developed characters doing their... Read morePublished 19 days ago by Lee Gaffrey
Some parts were excellent, others were like watching a soap opera, and I despise soap operas!Published 22 months ago by Valerie Hendley
EXCELLENT STORY - GREAT SMALL SOUTHERN TOWN SETTING, WONDERFUL AND DELIGHTFUL CHARACTER. A GREAT READ FOR ANYONE WHO GREW UP IN A SMALL SOUTHRN TOWNPublished 22 months ago by Christopher K. Johnson
Such a delightful book. A must read for all Southern female babyboomersPublished on July 7, 2014 by Anne Caver
Product arrived quickly and in excellent condition. I will recommend Liberating Paris to friends. I wish Linda Bloodworth Thomason would write more books.Published on August 27, 2013 by valm
It took a while to get into this book. Some of the characters were quirky, while others were of the good ol' boy stereotype. Read morePublished on March 20, 2013 by PattiAR
Well, I loved the concept and was dying to read this book. I got around page 88 and was bored to tears. Read morePublished on June 7, 2012 by August Reader
I felt this dying small town come alive, populated by a host of flawed characters shaped by a past filled with pride and prejudice. Read morePublished on August 6, 2011 by Carolyn J. Rose
I know I am behind the times, having just read "Liberating Paris." But, I thoroughly enjoyed this book! Read morePublished on June 20, 2011 by 27Dresses