Can't Quit You, Baby
"It is rare when a book this fine enters the world of contemporary American literature." - The Boston Globe
Two women share a Mississippi household for fifteen years, rolling out piecrusts and making conversation. Cornelia is rich, white, and pampered, the mistress of the house, who oversees a seemingly perfect world of smooth surfaces and stubborn silence. Tweet, her housekeeper, is a poor, black, world-weary woman with a ghost-ridden past. As the years go by, Cornelia and Tweet each endure moments of uncertainty and despair; each, in her time of need, is rescued by the other.
In the footsteps of Southern writers like Peter Taylor, Eudora Welty, and Flannery O'Connor, Ellen Douglas celebrates the resiliency of the human spirit in this story of two women bound by transgression and guilt, memory and illusion, gratitude and love.
"Ellen Douglas is not just one of our best Southern novelists. She is one of our best American novelists." - The New York Times Book Review
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - cherilove - LibraryThing
The storytelling in the first half of the book was compelling, but it turned into a different book at the midpoint. Many literary books are about people who cannot find satisfaction in life, and I've ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - marient - LibraryThing
The story of two women: Cornelia,rich, white, secure in her love for her husband and their well-ordered home, who conceals her deafness with the skill of an actress: and Tweet (Julia) , her black ... Read full review