Quite a Year for Plums: A Novel
Anyone who has read the best-selling Mama Makes Up Her Mind or listened to Bailey White's commentaries on NPR knows that she is a storyteller of inimitable wit and charm. Now, in her stunningly accomplished first novel, she introduces us to the peculiar yet lovable people who inhabit a small town in south Georgia. Meet serious, studious Roger, the peanut pathologist and unlikely love object of half the town's women. Meet Roger's ex-mother-in-law, Louise, who teams up with an ardent typographer in an attempt to attract outer-space invaders with specific combinations of letters and numbers. And meet Della, the bird artist who captivates Roger with the sensible but enigmatic notes she leaves on things she throws away at the Dumpster ("This fan works, but it makes a clicking sound and will not oscillate").
Heartbreakingly tender, often hilarious, Quite a Year for Plums is a delectable treat from a writer who has been called a national treasure.
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AGRISEARCH The spring edition of Agrisearch came out with a picture on the
front page of Roger standing in the middle of a field holding a peanut plant in
each hand. In the distance you could see the irrigation rig behind him, and then
"It's Roger, in Agrisearch, Louise, with his spotted wilt work," said Eula in a loud
voice. "Everywhere I go, there I am, me and those two peanut plants," said Roger.
"Fools' names and fools' faces." He and his nematologist friend Lucy were ...
'I shall send upon you the evil arrows of famine,' " Meade quoted grimly, " 'and I
will break your staff of bread.' " "Phytophthora infestens, the Great Plant Destroyer
," said Lucy. "The science of plant pathology had its beginnings 7 Agrisearch.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - peggy.s - LibraryThing
In this novel,we meet several characters that are very well developed by the author. You feel that they could be the men or women living down the road. But - they don't ever really DO anything. The ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - punxsygal - LibraryThing
An odd collection of odd people without any cohesive story line. Taken individually, the people were interesting. There was Della, painter of birds who captures Roger's interest with the notes she ... Read full review