Book Reviews of Eating the Cheshire Cat

Eating the Cheshire Cat
Eating the Cheshire Cat
Author: Helen Ellis
The Market's bargain prices are even better for Paperbackswap club members!
Retail Price: $16.00
Buy New (Paperback): $12.79 (save 20%) or
Become a PBS member and pay $8.89+1 PBS book credit (save 44%)
ISBN-13: 9780684864419
ISBN-10: 068486441X
Publication Date: 2001
Pages: 288
Rating:
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.
 25

3.4 stars, based on 25 ratings
Publisher: Scribner
Book Type: Paperback
Reviews: Amazon | Write a Review

5 Book Reviews submitted by our Members...sorted by voted most helpful

reviewed Eating the Cheshire Cat on + 6 more book reviews
Deliciously twisted.
reviewed Eating the Cheshire Cat on + 18 more book reviews
My fiancee and I loved this book! We both finished it in one day.
reviewed Eating the Cheshire Cat on + 25 more book reviews
I picked this book up awhile ago because I was intrigued by the title. This was one brutal book. The story of three girls growing up in the South, complete with sex, self-mutilation, cheerleading, summer camp, freak shows, and sorority rush, I was amazed by how much viciousness could be packed into an extremely entertaining read. This one left me shaking my head, but it was good.
reviewed Eating the Cheshire Cat on + 300 more book reviews
Straaange book concerning old-fashioned backstabbing in the New South. Take two southern girls, add their competitive mothers, throw in a nice girl from the wrong side of the tracks, and you've got the beginnings of a lot of goings on!
reviewed Eating the Cheshire Cat on + 36 more book reviews
AMAZON.COM REVIEW:
In Eating the Cheshire Cat, three little girls are born into the rigorous tradition of Southern womanhood, with all its standards of grace, beauty, and cutthroat competitiveness. Sarina, mean from birth and pretty as love, has the best chance of achieving Southern queenhood. Bitty Jack and Nicole are the two girls she leaves in her perfumed wake in this novel of friendship gone sour. Sweet-natured Bitty Jack attends summer camp with Sarina, who accuses Bitty Jack's father, the camp handyman, of being a pervert and ruins his life. Bitty Jack quietly nurtures a grudge. Nicole, meanwhile, suffers a frenzied obsession with Sarina throughout their adolescence and college years, an obsession that results in uniquely macabre expressions of love.
Helen Ellis's first novel tries to walk with its two feet simultaneously in three different territories, and if that sounds a little uncomfortable, well, it is. Eating the Cheshire Cat plays at the Southern Gothic surreal: Bitty Jack's first love affair is with a circus freak and the novel ends in an unsurprising sororal bloodbath. But it also toys with the comic: Sarina hatches elaborate plans to cover her reputation-building lies. And, at its best, it casts a cold, even a sociological, eye on the doings of Southern American princesses: Ellis describes the pledging of the Tri Delt sorority in loving detail. If, for instance, a girl doesn't make the Tuscaloosa chapter, she could "rush Auburn two weeks later. Maybe the girl would make Tri Delt there. But everyone knew that wasn't as good. It was an agricultural college, for crying out loud. At the Alabama-Auburn football games, those girls were known as Delta Dogs." It's a relief when Ellis lets her cattiness run wild--and doesn't goop it up with fake gore