The story is good. Tragic but hopeful. But this book is extremely wordy! It is filled with sentences that strech on for a paragraph filled with 15 to 20 adjectives. Big on name/place dropping. After a while you learn to skim or skip them. This would have been a much better book had it been edited down to 400 pages instead of 800. The story some times got lost in all the needless words. I would only recommend this book to someone from the south (story is based in suburb of Atlanta) or someone who loves this author.
I just moved to Atlanta when I bought this book, and I loved the detail on Atlanta's history. Reminded me of Gone With the Wind in a way, only in more modern times. Highly recommended, especially if you live in Atlanta.
One of my favorite books of all time. Siddons captures certain aspects of the South so well that you feel like you are right there. The most intriguing thing for me is that the book is written from a male character's point of view, which is rarely done by female authors. Give it a try, you may just fall in love with it, too!
"The author of such works as Homeplace and heartbreak Hotel establishes herself in the front ranks of Southern writers...While there are hints of Truman Capote & Tennessee Williams (two of my favorite writers); Siddons is her own woman in this asorbing tale." according to Los Angeles Times Book Review. While the Ricmond Times-Dispatch states, "Colored in rich, dark tones... A briliant novel with richly Southern themes of change and lost losve. It pulsates with it's vital portrayal of a Southern city in transition and the universal sadness of love left behind." "Peachtree Road is Siddons' love letter to Atlants," says the Chicago Tribune.
Lucy Bondurant Chastain Venable is a beautiful burning flame of a woman, a woman of great passion and terrible need. Sheppard Gibbs Bondurant III, Lucy's cousin and lifelong confidant is a man turned recluse because of his own fatal feelings.
Their mesmerizing story begins on the childhood day when Lucy comes to live with Shep's family in the great house on Peachtree Road. Set in one of the souths most elite societies, here is a novel that chronicles the turbulent changes of a great city-and gives us the unforgettable story of astonishing love and hate between one woman and one man.
Beautifully written. A mesmerizing story that begins when a young girl comes to live with a young boys family in the 'great' house on Peachtree Road. The novel chronicles the turbulent changes of a great city and gives us the unforgettable story of the astonishing love and hate relationship between one man and one woman.