Michael Lee West creates a wonderful small-town atmosphere in Limoges, LA in 1952. Her characters are some that you've known, might even be related to, or grew up with. I could feel the quiet desparation that DeeDee experienced and found my mouth watering over some of the recipes included in the chapters. A great Southern writer.
Excellent novel set in the South dealing with teen pregnancy, dallying clergymen, dallying husbands, domestic abuse and adult romances. I loved it!
Thoroughly enjoyed this book. Had already read her earlier one called Crazy Ladies, but liked this one even more. Don't know which was more exciting: the lives, the deaths, the sex or the recipes!
A character study in small town life in the 50s. Has it's sex, scandal, drama and nut cases. Has more drama than comedy in my opinon but an enjoyable read. Rated at least PG 13 for adult content.
I read this book so along ago that its hard for me to remember details, but I did enjoy it. An easy read....
A hard to put down book about small town life in the deep South in the 50's
I loved this book! very funny.
I love the humor and the southern charm in the book. It was hard to put down.
More complex and challenging than most novels- she certainly remembers her childhood better than I remember mine!
Brilliantly interweaves dark calamity with comedy to depict everyday life in tiny Limoges, Louisiana, in 1952. Told through the voices of its richly eccentric characters, She Flew the Coop is an entrancing picture of small-town life, filled with wry humor and humanity. Washington Post Book World said "West has created a whole world, southern in its gossip and interconnections, and utterly individual in the characters, who are ... teeming with life."
Delicious nostaligia, charming characters, raw human emotion, dispicible actions, brutal honesty of love and hate in the family unit. Loss,revenge, pain and love. This is a great book. If you were born in the 50's you will smile to yourself as you read some of the singers, and songs mentioned, if from the south, you will nod your head at the comfort foods, spreads on groaning farm table, efforts in the garden and twangy verbage. It's the kind of book you become part of, and hate when it's over.
Advertised as "Funny, irreverent." But in all honesty it is not funny in the least. The characters are in very serious life altering situations that I find disturbing to read about. I hate above all else that the book reflects poorly on the south when the occurences in the book could occur anywhere.