Quite a Year for Plums: A Novel

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, Dec 10, 2008 - Fiction - 240 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 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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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

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The women in town are worried about Roger, the peanut virologist. Hilma and Meade discuss him at their weekly readings. Eula frets over his welfare--not to mention his appetite. And everyone else just ... Read full review

Contents

LIST OF CHARACTERS ix
3
TOTAL CARE
9
UNMARRIED WOMEN
17
A NICE DAY
26
TOSSING FLOWERS INTO THE SWAMP
35
GENERAL ELECTRIC FAN WITH COLLAR OSCILLATOR
47
BIRDING
57
FOUR CHICKENS
64
IN THE BLEAK MIDWINTEFI
121
BETTY SHEFFIELD SUPREME
128
VECTDFIED BY THRIPS
135
THE DYING HOUSE
144
NEW SUBDIVISION
153
LOOKING FOR PEFIDTE
166
2D IMPASSIDNED TYPDGRAPHER II
176
ONION SANDWICH
186

LIBRARY PICNIC
72
IO EARLY MUSIC
83
ASHES
87
IMPASSIONED TYPOGRAPHEFI
96
THE AMERICAN LIVESTOCK BFIEEDS CONSERVANCY
109
THE SILVER THFIEAD
194
THE ANVIL OF EXPERIENCE
207
DUITE A YEAR FDFI PLUMS
215
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Bailey White lives in south Georgia.  She is the author of the national bestsellers Mama Makes Up Her Mind and Sleeping at the Starlight Motel.  She is also a regular commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered.


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