Quite a Year for Plums: A Novel

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Knopf, 1998 - Fiction - 220 pages
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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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I enjoyed reading this after her memoir, "Mama Makes Up Her Mind" but I didn't like it as much. It was fun to imagine how the characters might have been imagined from people in her real life. Good but I kept thinking how Helen T would have enjoyed it more than me. Read full review

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This is my favorite Bailey White book. (I think all my relatives are in this book under assumed names.) Read full review



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Bailey White lives in south Georgia. She is the author of the national best-sellers Mama Makes Up Her Mind and Sleeping at the Starlite Motel. She is also a regular commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered.

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