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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

Funny, Honest & Southern

Funny and honest about small town southern life, without glorification or condescension. A real gem of a novel, about when a Southern liberal marries a small town, born again, somewhat racist without realizing it Southern woman. Some laugh out loud moments and this smar...
Funny and honest about small town southern life, without glorification or condescension. A real gem of a novel, about when a Southern liberal marries a small town, born again, somewhat racist without realizing it Southern woman. Some laugh out loud moments and this smart writer doesn't disrespect the intelligence of the reader, letting us fill in the blanks. I loved reading this book a lot. http://timothyherrick.blogspot.com/

posted by Timhrk on November 14, 2009

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1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

If you want to give someone a bad present, give them this book

Raney, is the story of a young, southern, laid-back woman, who marries a more sophisticated, modern man. The tale is very humorous at times; however, sometimes the author, Clyde Edgerton, seems to be trying to hard to make his reader laugh. From the very beginning of th...
Raney, is the story of a young, southern, laid-back woman, who marries a more sophisticated, modern man. The tale is very humorous at times; however, sometimes the author, Clyde Edgerton, seems to be trying to hard to make his reader laugh. From the very beginning of the book, Raney is perceived as a very innocent and naïve woman, who knows close to nothing about what happens in the real world. Her family is the same way also. They don't know how to interact outside of their small home town in North Carolina, let alone how things work. The family is behind about twenty years in their thinking of their culture and of the entire world. Edgerton does a great job with the way he has the characters interacting with each other. The way they speak and his portrayal of their actions are very realistic. Charles' family is described as a wealthier, more understanding family. From the very first time they are introduced, Charles' mother, Millie is portrayed as a more high maintenance woman than anyone Raney has ever known. Charles and Raney go through a lot of obstacles in their marriage. In my personal opinion, Raney and Charles should have never gotten married in the first place. There is almost nothing about them that is similar, creating almost a perfect mismatch of two people's personalities. Raney hates the thought of alcohol, because that is the way she was raised. Her uncle is a raging alcoholic and sometimes she is believed to think that everyone who drinks alcohol is an alcoholic. Raney and her husband have so many indifferences; they end up going to marriage counseling. I feel the author portrays most of the characters as stereotypical southerners. Actually, the author goes through almost every stereotype possible in this story. He includes racists and uneducated people along with drunks. This is one of my main problems with this book. I feel like in the author's character development, he is trying way too hard to make his readers laugh. At one point I wanted to stop reading the book because I noticed he was trying way too hard. Overall, this book can be somewhat of an enjoyable read. There are times where it would be easy to put it down and read something else, but if you keep reading, you could be very content that you continued. One of the blurbs on the back cover of the book states, "A real jewel." While I wouldn't compare this book to a jewel of any kind, your opinion of this book depend on your personality and what you find enjoyable. Then again, so does everything.

posted by Bireslovesmesomuch on November 4, 2011

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  • Posted November 14, 2009

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    Funny, Honest & Southern

    Funny and honest about small town southern life, without glorification or condescension. A real gem of a novel, about when a Southern liberal marries a small town, born again, somewhat racist without realizing it Southern woman. Some laugh out loud moments and this smart writer doesn't disrespect the intelligence of the reader, letting us fill in the blanks. I loved reading this book a lot. http://timothyherrick.blogspot.com/

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 4, 2008

    So Southern, So Funny!!!

    I love this book! It is so funny and reminds me of my own southern roots. I couldn't put it down!! As a true southerner, I could identify with much of it. Edgerton deserves a place right up there with Welty and Faulkner, for his ability to capture the zeitgiest of many small southern communities.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2005

    FANTASTIC CLASSIC SOUTHERN CHARMING

    This book is one I can read over and over again! It is one of my favorites and wish I could find more like it! Easy quick read that will make you laugh out loud.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2003

    Edgerton's Raney is a Treasure!

    I a woman born and raised in North Carolina and I absolutely love this book. If I didn't know better, I might think that Mr. Edgerton modeled many of the characters after some of my own family members!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2001

    A Southern-Fried Hoot!

    Like iced tea, 'Raney' is a sometimes sweet, sometimes tart examination of a modern marriage in the 'new' Ol' South. Specifically what happens when Charles, a librarian from an upper-middle class family of Episcopalians in Atlanta, marries a girl whose kinfolk are lucky to have high-school educations and whose spiritual wanderings have brought them no further than the local Free Will Baptist Church. There is a little bit of 'roommate' humor (who put the cabbage head in the toilet?), but mostly Edgerton gets laughs by exploiting the humor inherent in the conflicts of class, culture and race between Raney's clan and Charles's. (Raney is shocked to hear that Charles's best friend is 'a minority'). This book was written a few years ago but believe you me, these issues are not dead yet! For Southerners of any persuasion or Yankees who venture off the Interstate, 'Raney' is must reading, especially if you like to laugh.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2000

    Sitting on a porch swing in the spring.

    I picked this book up at a small town georgia library during the mid-stages of my pregnancy. Being 600 miles from my hometown and pretty much deserted by the baby's father I had few acquaintences and plenty of time. I loved this book immensely. I had a little girl and named her appropriately....Raney.

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