Book Reviews of Crazy Ladies

Crazy Ladies
Crazy Ladies
Author: Michael Lee West
ISBN-13: 9780060977740
ISBN-10: 0060977744
Publication Date: 7/5/2005
Pages: 416
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 144 ratings
Publisher: Perennial Currents
Book Type: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 5
This book is about 3 generations of southern women in a dysfunctional, yet somewhat typical family of their respective time periods. They did what they had to do to survive. Very rich, strong characters....a mixture of both happiness and despair. However, I did not find this book to be fun, humorous, or a light read.
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Helpful Score: 4
This is a great story!! There is an unexpectedly brutal introduction which segues into a rich multi-generational saga. I highly recommend it.
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Helpful Score: 4
A multi-generational story of 6 Tennessee ladies, from Miss Gussie, her 2 daughters Dorothy and Clancy Jane, and their daugthers, Violet and Bitsy. The family is rounded out by Queenie, who keeps them all semi-sane. Great characters!
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Helpful Score: 3
Very good book,sad and funny at the same,revolves around the lives of several southern women spanning 30 years
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Helpful Score: 3
this is not your typical run of the mill southern women's novel...but on the other hand it is like one. the quirky charachters,the laughs the tears...the general confusion. the chapters are titled by who is talking and what year it is. it is 3 generations of women and what is going on around them from the early thirties thru Viet Nam to the early 70's.
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Helpful Score: 3
This was a very good story about 3 generations of ladies from Tennessee. I read it in 2 days as it was hard to put down.
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Rebecca Wells's Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood is rivaled by a fictional sibling: Michael Lee West's Crazy Ladies. West's tale of wild women down South is faster and snappier than Wells's thick bayou prose gumbo, but it has some of the same virtues--a cast of wacky characters, lively regional dialogue, and a satisfying multigenerational time frame. The scene shifts from 1932 to 1972, and from Crystal Falls, Tennessee, to New Orleans to hippie Frisco and L.A., though it's mostly rooted in Tennessee, where sunflower gardens contain deep secrets and kids can light up whole summers with lightning bugs in a jar.
The crazy lady who starts the story is Gussie, vexed by her ornery first daughter, Dorothy. When Dorothy's kid sister, Clancy Jane, comes of age, the real ruckus begins, thanks partly to Gussie's helpless preference for sweet Clancy Jane over dour Dorothy, who calls Gussie "Mother Dear" from age 6 on. Sweet Clancy Jane turns out to be headstrong, too--she runs off in a poodle skirt with Hart, who works on oil rigs, Esso stands, and the odd Cajun girl on the side. And then the '60s hit, bringing on Gussie's grandkids, Bitsy and Violet, plus some jolting social changes reminiscent of Lisa Alther's Kinflicks. Though it's spiced with horror (rape, crib death, one character buried alive), the dominant tone is breezy humor. At one point, the sister with "thighs that could break a man's neck" catches her husband and her shapelier sister "wrapped around each other like stripes on a candy cane." Not a magisterial novel, but a really good read."
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Helpful Score: 2
Funny. A heart-grabber. You'll like this book!
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I really loved this book as I do most novels of the southern women genre. It is well-written and laugh-out-loud hysterical in many parts. I am looking forward to reading the rest of West's novels. This almost up there with the Ya Yas......!
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This was not what I expected with the title. It was a lot deeper and heartbreaking than I expected but definately worth reading.
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Compelling.... could not put it down. A tale of a dysfunctional family. Three generations of women. The most amazing thing about it was that I found myself hating a character, then understanding that character; loving a character then despising a character; As in life, there really is no black or white - heroes can be villains sometimes; bad people can have good in them; people are flawed but not inherently evil..... I know this is a confusing review, the book was NOT confusing. It was downright mesmerizing. Loved it!
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Askillfully interwovern mix of calamity and comedy narrated by three generations of Tennessee women - a novel of love and laughter, pain and redemtion.
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Loved this book. Great story of three generations of women.
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This book tells the story of the lives of three generations of women from Tennessee. It's been awhile since I read it, but I remember enjoying it thoroughly. I always like books about women society considers "crazy"--maybe because I can relate to them!
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From Tennessee to New Orleans, from hippie Haight-Ashbury to a remote desert ranch, here is a novel full of love and laughter, pain and redemption, told in the women's voices of one special family, that are as rich and recognizable as our own. Living large and hanging tough, they teach us the lessons we knew we were missing....

Excellent book! Vivid, rich characters.
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A good study in three generations of women and what they do to survive, I'm not sure they were crazy, but did what they had to do.
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The adventures of Miss Gussie and her 2 daughters who are as different as night and day!
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I enjoyed this book. It reminded me of a Fannie Flagg or Sue Kidd Monk book.
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Book #1 followed by Mad Girls in Love.Good read about Southern "not so" Belles.
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A fun book to read!
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This is an amazing book. I absolutely loved it, and was hooked by the end of page one. Spanning well across mid century history and two wars, this story of mainly woman characters in the south has both old fashioned charm, sweetness and the irrepairable disasterous results of bad life decisions. It is the kind of book that will make you cringe as you can tell hardship is coming, and laugh out loud at it's blunt true to life wierdness.

Dealing with everything from rape and murder, poverty, sucicide attempts, infidelity, childbirth, (lots of childbirth) and the horror of war, it flows from one woman's story to the other in the most believable gripping fashion an excellent novel offers.
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Very good book with interesting characters. I really liked it.
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Awesome book about generations of strong ladies and their lives...definite southern flair ...humour and humanity.
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Soutern gals at their best, worst, and funniest.
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Pretty good book, though not what I expected it to be. (I was expecting Auntie Mame and got something completely different!)

A young 1930s housewife in rural Tennessee defends herself against an intruder, and the echoes of her act ring through the rest of her life and those of her daughters and, ultimately, their daughters'. West takes on the notion of favored-children here, and while one occasionally loses patience with the child who feels herself less loved, it's still a powerful piece in many ways.
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very entertaining.
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A novel of the lives of three generations of Tennessee. You can find a little of most women you know in one of these characters.
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I loved this book! A good old southern story.
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Love everything by this author and this book was no exception.
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A tale of 3 generations of women - everyone's a little "off center."
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I really liked the characters in this book. I'm going to see if there's a sequel!
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A very good read!
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It was a fun read
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Interesting, but really more depressing than funny.
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Great read!!!
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Not as engaging as I'd hoped.
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A story of 3 generations of Tennessee women, with a little mystery thrown in. Enjoyable.
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Following 3 generations of Southern women.
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My book has a different cover.