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Taking Lottie Home

Taking Lottie Home

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by Terry Kay

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When Foster Lanier and Ben Phelps are released from a professional baseball team in 1904, it is the only experience they have in common, until they meet a runaway -- a girl-woman named Lottie Parker -- on the train that takes them from Augusta, Georgia, and away from their dreams of greatness.

Foster will marry her and father her son.

Ben will escort her

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Taking Lottie Home 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
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Some books, as well as characters, can haunt you for days, maybe years, after the reading is done. 'Taking Lottie Home' is such a book. And Lottie Lanier is just such a character: part girl, part woman, and all too giving, with eyes no one ever forgets. So, too, is the character Ben Phelps, the young would-be dream-catcher, who catches the ball but only worships the dream, living it vicariously through the faraway exploits of the intangible, aloof Milo Wade. And there's Foster Lanier, who tastes the dream, only to see it turn bitter before finding his final, brief comfort in the arms of Lottie. Then there is Arthur Ledford, a lonely, tormented, fair but angry man, whose role in Lottie's life turns out to be nearly as surprising as Lottie herself. Even the minor characters are hard to forget: Ben's mother, Margaret Phelps, who clings to Lottie's child, little Ben; Ben's fiancee, Sally, who sees Lottie as the greatest threat to her happiness; Arthur's wife, Alice, a cold, hateful woman who seems to believe all women should be miserable by nature; Coleman Maxey, a pain-in-the-butt redneck troublemaker, and an assortment of other town characters who are either enthralled by Lottie or unnerved by her. There is also the strangest alliance of carnival bad guys ever to appear in a Kay novel: a one-armed giant and a midget. Lottie's story takes place in early 1900's Georgia and Kentucky, when it was still the train that took people to faraway places. It, too, could be considered a character in this story, as could the town of Jerico, which sounds a lot like long ago Royston, Georgia, just as Milo Wade sounds a lot like the baseball great Ty Cobb. Two great contemporary Southern writers are Terry Kay and Pat Conroy. It struck me, while reading this book, that the two men are interesting contrasts, especially regarding the way they write about the South. It reminds me of two men I once heard trying to describe the taste of a persimmon. Both liked the taste, but one said it was bitter, with a little sweet in it; the other said it was more sweet than bitter. For bittersweet stories about the South, it's hard to beat Conroy or Kay. And 'Taking Lottie Home' is a sweet story, with just the right amount of bitter. It's the kind of story that stays with you for a long, long time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have been a long time Terry Kay fan and Taking Lottie Home is right up at the top! A good book for all! Great Christmas Gift for a reader. (Mom don't read this!)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Terry Kay, author of To Dance With the White Dog, Shadow Song, The Runnaway, and others has succeeded in creating a story rich in characters and strongly appealing. Lottie grabs you at the beginning with her simple but complex qualities and never lets go even when the last word is absorbed. You feel what she feels, you travel with her and you worry about how it is going to end. You experience the joys and disappointments of the characters, especially Lottie, and marvel at the complexity and the depth of the story. If you like a love story that evokes emotion, thrives on contrasts and makes you wonder, laugh and cry, then don't miss this one!