Southern discomfort

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Harper & Row, 1982 - Fiction - 249 pages
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In 1918, in Montgomery, Alabama, Hortensia Reedmuller Banastre, the bored wife of an upper-class Southern gentleman, falls for Hercules Jinks, a fifteen-year-old Black who dreams of becoming a boxer

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User Review  - sussabmax - LibraryThing

I really enjoyed this book. I like how the characters learn to get along and have real relationships while pretending to preserve the social order. I liked that the characters were not perfect, but they tried to live lives that meant something to themselves. Read full review

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Another of Rita Mae's best. A wonderfully surprising ending. Read full review


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Rita Mae Brown is a novelist, poet, and educator. She was born in Hanover, Pennsylvania, on November 28, 1944, and grew up in Florida. She received an associate's degree from Broward Junior College in 1965, a B.A. in English and classics from New York University in 1968, a Cinematography Degree from the School of the Visual Arts in 1968, and a Ph.D. in English and political science from the Institute for Policy Studies in 1976. She was the writer-in-residence at the Women's Writing Center of Cazenovi College and a visiting instructor teaching fiction writing at the University of Virginia. After publishing two books of poetry, Brown published her first novel, Rubyfruit Jungle, in 1973. Her works include The Hand that Cradles the Rock, Sudden Death, Venus Envy, Loose Lips, and Rita Will: Memoir of a Literary Rabble-Rouser. She writes the Mrs. Murphy Mystery series and Foxhunting Mysteries series. She also writes screenplays and teleplays including Sweet Surrender, Room to Move, Table Dancing, and The Long Hot Summer. Her work on TV earned several Emmy nominations and she received the Writers Guild of America Award for Best Variety Show in 1982 for I Love Liberty. Her reviews have appeared in the Washington Post, Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Sun-Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Los Angeles Times Book Review.

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