Heartbreak Hotel Author:Anne Rivers Siddons Anne Rivers Siddons "cannot be surpassed in evoking a kind of life peculiar to the South," says Publishers Weekly. Her classic novel Heartbreak Hotel, praised as "anything but nostalgic" by The New York Times, excels with an insightful, troubling tale of the coming of age of a privileged young Southern woman during the turbu... more »lent Civil Rights era.In Montgomery, Alabama, Martin Luther King has organized a bus boycott. In Tuscaloosa, outrage surrounds the entrance of the state university's first black student. But at little Randolph University, sweltering in the summer heat, life remains dreamily the same. At Kappa House, the sorority sisters talk of who has pinned whom, and whether they can sneak past their housemother so they can party at an out-of-town bar. Even among this privileged group, pretty, popular Kappa sister Maggie Deloach is unquestionably one of the elite...until she commits a single act of defiance and courage that forever alters the way others think of her, and how Maggie thinks of herself.« less
I actually enjoyed this book. It had a slight mix of history to it. And was a good insight into life in the 50's. I have not read any of Siddons books before but this has inspired me to p/u more of them.
I am an Anne Rivers Siddons fan, but I almost gave up on this book and set it aside. Then it caught fire, and I realized what was prologue. I went to school below the Mason Dixon line in the early sixties, and could relate to so much of the truth in it. Hate having it called a Romance Novel. It is a true Intelligent Comfort Novel. Loved the references to Persian Melon lipstick, back-belted bermudas, and so much more.
This book was very well written and a fine tribute to individuals who dared to be different at a time when they could be ostracized for taking a stand. Although my guess is that many readers were wondering when the heroine was going to wake up to just how shallow the life she was living was, it took courage to make that change. In a world where one is expected to act a certain way and marry into the "right" family, it is not surprising that some might go through the emotional trauma that this one did. The book also made me happy not to have been as much of a part of the fraternity world as many college acquaintances were. While some fraternities are decent, many were very similar to the ones described in this novel a couple of generations later.