A "gently" raised Southern Gal, loses her husband (his fault), loses her idenity (her fault) and struggles to become a real woman in todays' "New South". How she accomplishes not only this, but helps a large group of other woman who have been "displaced by progress" is a wonderful story. There was no sense of self-pity here, just a wonderful sense of a new life on the brink....I recommend this book to (and for) woman everywhere.
I don't often review books. It's even less often that I give them five stars. To say I adored this book would be an understatement. I loved, loved, loved it and will be looking for more books by this author. It's loaded with great witticisms and pieces of advice from the Florabama ladies and I loved them all. Even though I have an education, having been laid off more than two years ago, I can truly sympathize with them and their plight. I don't hang on to many books, but this one has earned a permanent place on my bookshelf; I will not be passing it on. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Excellent book about a woman with grown children, going through the trials of starting over after a divorce and what path her life will take...heartwarming story of her finding inner strength she didn't know she had and learning how to cope with the curveballs that life throws at you. Very enjoyable read!
This is such a good book. A number of ladies "of a certain age" find themselves in crisis when the mill they work for closes, and they are forced to make new beginnings.l
The way they do this will warm your heart.
The story of a woman who finds herself divorced after 20 some years of marriage. She has never had a real job. A friend assists her in finding a job at a small community college. In helping others resolve their problems, she finds herself. Along the way she encounters a puppy named Ganesha and an eclectic group of women displaced when their bra-making company moves to Mexico.
I truly loved this book.Alot of good old southern Flavor here.Fried Green Tomato type reading.You will probably identify with somebody here & find someone that you know or want to know.I think this was her best.
When the lingerie factory in a small southern town shuts down, it throws many of its employees into financial crisis, and propels one recently-dirvocred socialite into a reluctant mentor position as they attempt to put their lives back together. Well written.
So, if you're into "chick-lit" I think this is probably a great choice. I had an expectation about it being more about labor organizing and the deep connections between working class women (these topics are briefly looked at) and as such I was a little confused by the central themes of divorce and an middle aged woman's return to sexuality (which was actually pretty sweet). In other words, if you're looking for Southern Literature with edge a la Dorothy Allison, this might not do it for you. On the other hand, if you want a sweet story about a woman rediscovering herself in the South, it's a pleasant read.
Debbie M. reviewed The Florabama Ladies' Auxiliary and Sewing Circle on
When bad things happen to good people growth occurs. It was a little tough for me to read as more and more bad just kept coming. But the book finally turns around and has a positive ending as new jobs are started, new friendships formed and confidence is found.
I picked this book because it had sewing circle in the title, and I belong to a sewing circle (quilting). However, it really was more about the main character who had a life changing divorce and found out how to stand on her own two feet. It was a quick read and a cute story.
From back cover:
Welcome to Florabama, AL, a place where you can sip a co'cola or iced tea and think about money and love. if you had em, you were free to think about other things. If you didn't, you couldn't think about anything else.
Lois Battle creates a rich tapestry of female friendships in this funny, heartfelt and poignant story about the surprising power of a group of small-town women.