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Subject: Girls in Trucks
Date Posted: 6/7/2008 8:08 PM ET
Member Since: 6/24/2006
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I just finished Katie Crouch's first novel, Girls in Trucks and now think you should all go find your own copy and read it.

I don't know who mentioned this in the forums - I did a search and can't find  a thread with it mentioned - but thank you!

It was a very good read and whoever sent it to me sent the hard copy.

I started the book this a.m. out of desperation after it got too hot to work outside. the teens had taken over the inside of the house for my son's 14th birthday party with an overnight-most of the next day event and I had no where to go but the swing in the screened porch. What a great way to spend the afternoon.

It's a book about a young girl who goes to Cotillion school as a child and is raised outside Charleston. The characters are well drawn and this book moves fast and ends with her in mid-life after a string of relationships.

Wish I could find more like this and like Swan, another southern contemporary book I just finished. that one is by Frances Mayer, the woman who wrote Under the Tuscan Sun.

Anyone have any ideas? I tried the literature-map.com site to find something similar but neither Crouch nor Mayer was listed there, so I'll have to go back and enter them.

Date Posted: 6/8/2008 1:19 PM ET
Member Since: 4/11/2006
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It's on my WL, and I'm 16 out of 110.  If I remember correctly, this is the author's first novel.  I think I read about it on one of the book review sites I frequent.

Alas, I haven't read it so I can't recommend anything similar.  There is a southern fiction thread on here somewhere.  Maybe look at those recommendations (I'll edit with the info if I can find it).

Date Posted: 6/8/2008 1:22 PM ET
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Lenore, the thread on southern fiction is about 16 below this one on Hidden Gems.  SAME PAGE AS THIS  It may change higher or lower if someone posts.  Les even attached a link to a previous southern fiction thread.  Good luck with your search.

Subject: Southern Fiction
Date Posted: 6/9/2008 12:47 PM ET
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Saw that thread but I think this book's good enough to deserve it's own.