WOW! This book was a completely unexpected surprise! It was phenomenal! I read about 4-5 books a week, so I know a good book when I come across one. I am normally a romance novel reader, and this was fantastic! The characters completely drew me into their world. The scenery of Appalachia Kentucky made me want to be there, and the story was 1000% believable and felt real! I was hooked, read it in one sitting, and am planning on re-reading it again in the future! A definite surprise, it's fantastic! You'll laugh and cry with Virginia and her daughter...it's great! A+ all the way!
I picked up this book on a whim, thought it looked like an okay read... WOW was it good! I read this book in a matter of a few hours. It is about a family living in a podunk town and their lives. The main focus is on the daughter character and her coming of age and how she is affected by events surrounding her family. I definitely recommend this book!
I really liked this book, I was not totally in love with the daughter at the end of the book. But all in all it is well worth reading.
This author's writing is very easy to read. I lived in a small TN town for high school, during the same time period. I guess the nicest thing that I can say is that I feel sorry for the author that she perceived her world as such. If you see men as uncontrollable animals and women as desperate without options, then this is the book for you.
As the mother to six sons, I felt so sorry for the teenage boys in this book and really disliked the daughter as much as the mom, by the end of the book. We lived in a town that would have made this one look like a metropolis, when my oldest was in her teens. I raised her to believe that the world is her oyster. This book is depressing and defeatist, what a downer