Buster Midnight's Cafe

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May Anna Kovacks was discovered on the dustry streets of Butte, Montana and went on to become a Hollywood star. War, fame, marriage, love, and heartbreak came and went. What never changed was the bond she shared with her two best friends, Effa Commander and Whippy Bird. When scandal, murder, and betrayal made a legend of May Anna, only Effa and Whippy Bird could set the record straight.

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Overview

May Anna Kovacks was discovered on the dustry streets of Butte, Montana and went on to become a Hollywood star. War, fame, marriage, love, and heartbreak came and went. What never changed was the bond she shared with her two best friends, Effa Commander and Whippy Bird. When scandal, murder, and betrayal made a legend of May Anna, only Effa and Whippy Bird could set the record straight.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Country music between covers...Style, tone, and lesson in one succinct package." —The Los Angeles Times Book Review

"Sometimes, sad, sometimes funny, but always right on the mark, this is a book about heritage, about friendships you will envy, about people doing their best, as well as their worst. Sandra Dallas has worked magic." —Cathie Pelletier

"Entertaining...memorable characters bring Prohibition-era Montana to life...Ms. Dallas has a good feeling for story, character, and dialogue." —The New York Times Book Review

"Undoubtedly one of the zippiest and most pleasant reads to come out this year... I read it the second time with equal pleasure just to make sure the magic was there. It is. It surely is."

The Denver Post

"Compelling...charming..." —Vogue

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Narrator Effa Commander's rollicking reminiscences about movie star Marion Street and her devoted lover, champion boxer Buster Midnight, are recounted in a sharp and snappy voice that captures the reader's interest on the very first page of this amusing novel. Effa Commander and lifelong friend Whippy Bird shared childhood, adolescence, Prohibition and many other experiences with Marion and Buster in their hometown of Butte, Mont. They also know much more about the Hollywood scandal called the ``Love Triangle Murder'' than ever got into the papers, and Effa Commander has decided to vindicate her friends' misrepresented lives. Dallas's first novel depicts a remarkable cluster of enduring friendships that may strike the modern urban reader as implausible, but accurately reflect the flavor of a small town and its inbred relationships. If the denouement seems predictable, Dallas, whose work calls to mind Fannie Flagg's Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle-Stop Cafe , is nonetheless a stylist to be reckoned with. Apr.
School Library Journal
YA-- A story of three tough, courageous women who stuck together. Effa Commander is now in her 70s but she vividly remembers her youth, growing up in Butte, Montana with her best friends Whippy Bird and May Anna. May Anna eventually goes to Hollywood and becomes a famous movie star and is involved in a notorious murder trial after her boyfriend, the heavyweight boxer Buster Midnight, kills a British actor, ending both the actor's career and his own. May Anna never forgets her friends, however, and sends flowers when Effa Commander's babies die and she loses her husband in the war. Whippy Bird's husband dies in that same war. Effa Commander paints a colorful, humorous, almost innocent picture of Montana, prohibition, and early Hollywood. A book that is truly offbeat but appealing. --Diana C. Hirsh, Prince George's County Memorial Library System, MD
Tim Sandlin
An entertaining first novel. -- Tim Sandlin, New York Times Book Review
Glenn Giffin
"Undoubtedly one of the zippiest and most pleasant read to come out this year....I read it the second time with equal pleasure just to make sure the magic really was there. It is. It surely is." -- The Denver Post
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312180621
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 4/15/1998
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 414,968
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Dallas

Award-winning author Sandra Dallas was dubbed “a quintessential American voice” by Jane Smiley, in Vogue Magazine. She is the author of The Bride’s House, Whiter Than Snow, Prayers for Sale and Tallgrass, among others. She is the recipient of the Women Writing the West Willa Award and the two-time winner of the Western Writers of America Spur Award. For 25 years, Dallas worked as a reporter covering the Rocky Mountain region for Business Week, and started writing fiction in 1990. She lives with her husband in Denver, Colorado.

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May Anna Kovacks was discovered on the dustry streets of Butte, Montana and went on to become a Hollywood star. War, fame, marriage, love, and heartbreak came and went. What never changed was the bond she shared with her two best friends, Effa Commander and Whippy Bird. When scandal, murder, and betrayal made a legend of May Anna, only Effa and Whippy Bird could set the record straight.

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  • Posted November 1, 2009

    TOTALLY SUPER!!!!

    This is my favorite Dallas book to date after readng 5 others. I really think anyone who enjoys meaty fiction and fun will love this book! Give us books more quickly Sandra D !!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Buster Midnight's Cafe

    Sandra Dallas always write differently than anyone else I have read. Her books are thoughtful and always end completely dofferently than what you think you have figured out. I enjoy her books and have read several and will read more.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2013

    Don't waste your time.

    Sorry, I read all the time and include a wide variety of styles and types. I am sorry I wasted the time and money, My choices are not that eclectic yet I found very little to keep me reading. Basically no plot, ridiculous, unbelievable characters, an effort to read. Maybe it had an amazing ending. I don't know....couldn't make it that far.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2013

    Nokk version is a mess!

    The story line itself wasn't bad. Its the first of this authors work I have read, I'll likely read others. I enjoyed the.friendship, but on occasion wondered why the ladies needed to seem so 'dumb', for lack of a better word. Just being from Butte made them dumb?
    The Nook version was a mess? Typos throughout, entire pages stuck where they didnt belong, and not even sure if I read the actual ending, as what I read made little sense. Nook needs to get on the ball!

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  • Posted September 22, 2012

    An okay read.

    I purchased this book because I wanted to read "Persian Pickle Club", but realized it was a sequel to this one. It was an "okay" read. I'm hopimg the second wil be better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2012

    Love this book!

    Great author!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 19, 2012

    Waste of time.

    Loved this authors other books but not this one. Save your money.

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  • Posted September 11, 2009

    Good Reading

    Not as good a plot as some of Sandra Dallas's other books, but fun to read.

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