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Posted February 14, 2009
From the surprising twist that made me laugh out loud at the end of the first chapter, I knew that "Bound South" was about subverting the South's stereotypes. Here's a book that reveals the realities obscured by the carefully polished surfaces--the family secrets and scandals, the suppressed yearnings and emotions, the confidences trusted only to best friends. And yet this novel's characters feel "bound" by their Southern upbringings, which create a fascinating tension as they strive for greater possibilities in their lives.<BR/><BR/>The story switches back and forth between the first-person voices of three women: Louise Parker's creativity and individuality are hindered by the expectations of her as an affluent Southern matron. Louise quietly envies the greater freedom and opportunities open to her teenage daughter, Caroline, who seems overwhelmed by it all. And Louise's unexpected involvement in the life of Missy, her housekeeper's evangelical daughter, adds an "Upstairs, Downstairs" element to the tale.<BR/><BR/>"Bound South" is funny and charming, a compelling page-turner that's surprisingly moving towards the end. While it subverts the south's old pretenses, it also celebrates what's best in its changing culture.
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Posted May 28, 2009
Great Little Book
I found this to be a great little book written about three entirely different Southern characters. The author was able to weave their lives together in remarkable fashion. This book holds the reader's attention from the first page to the very end with touches of humor and sadness and with realistic descriptions which makes every character come alive. Wonderful gift idea for all your girlfriends and a great book club read--a discussion guide and a conversation with the author at the end of the book makes it perfect your book club!
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Posted July 8, 2013
I loved this book! Susan Rebecca White has become my new top favorite author! Bound South was so compelling and kept me laughing until the wee hours of the morning! Being I am from the south (Carolinas) and spent most all my life living in Atlanta – she was right on about stereotypes, old pretenses and the way they hide their true feelings.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Each of the main three characters --- so real and loved the first person narrative from each perspective. Wow, family secrets, scandals, and lots of humor and plenty of growth from the characters. I really started loving Louise by the end and would love to see a sequel as want to hear more from Missy and her dad and the possible connection to this family. Great writing!!!
I also love the tidbits of Atlanta as lived on Biscayne Drive off Peachtree in a high-rise- (south of Peachtree Battle area) and could walk to Houston’s on Peachtree where she mentions as their place for celebration at the end of the book to praise her mother-in-law’s life. Love Ansley Park and makes me want to move back (since I now reside in South Florida). Sure miss the Silver Comet Bike Trail!
I would encourage readers to read all her books – I loved her latest – “A Place at the Table” (excellent). It has been sometime since I read “A Soft Place to Land’ so may need to re-read. Looking forward to much more from this author!
Posted November 27, 2009
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Posted March 2, 2009
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