Sweet if thin, Williams's first novel centers on fish-out-of-water Annie MacRae, furious because her parents have moved the family from Connecticut to her father's hometown of Beaufort, Ala., just before her senior year. Even worse, her grandmother insists she make her social debut at the Magnolia Ball-or forget about having her college tuition paid. With the conflict set, the story devolves into one stereotype after another: the South is a land of two first names, tractor pulls, football and okra; the North is full of cynics who lack manners and respect for others. Occasionally the culture clash is funny: when Annie asks what a Moon Pie is, her new friend Mary Katherine squeals, "Only the sweetest little bit of prepackaged heaven you'll ever put in your mouth!" But however much Annie complains about debutante rituals, Williams's enthusiasm for them is obvious; she goes heavy on the parties, charity work and rewards of etiquette, and skates across the elitist and discriminatory practices. (Annie's Jewish mother's discomfort is mentioned but quickly dropped.) Readers won't come to this book looking for realism, though, and they'll leave with what they came for-a very happy ending. Ages 12-up. (May)Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
The Debutanteby Kathyrn Williams
Annie McRae has her whole senior year planned out. Early acceptance to Brown University, a field hockey scholarship to pay the bills, and days spent with her best friend Jamie and her boyfriend Jake. It is going to be perfect. Then her parents ruin it all by movingto Alabama. Now, Annie finds herself in an unfamiliar world where she isn't even sure she speaks
Annie McRae has her whole senior year planned out. Early acceptance to Brown University, a field hockey scholarship to pay the bills, and days spent with her best friend Jamie and her boyfriend Jake. It is going to be perfect. Then her parents ruin it all by movingto Alabama. Now, Annie finds herself in an unfamiliar world where she isn't even sure she speaks the same language. To top it off, she discovers that if she ever wants to escape back to her comfortable Yankee life, she will have to become a debutante. As in white-dress-wearing, perfect-manners-practicing, curtsying girly-girl. Fighting every step of the way, Annie spends the year learning to be a lady. Along the way, she discovers that friends can come from the most unlikely of places and that change is not always a bad thing...
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Meet the Author
Kathryn Williams is a freelance writer and editor. Born below the Mason-Dixon line, she spent the last few years in New York City. Recently, she returned to her Southern roots and now lives in Nashville, TN.
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