Revenge of the Kudzu Debutantes: A Novel

Revenge of the Kudzu Debutantes: A Novel

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by Cathy Holton
     
 

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kud • zu \kud-zü\ n: a ubiquitous vine/weed found in Southern climes that, left uncontrolled, will grow over any fixed object in its path, including trees, power lines, and the entire state of Georgia.

deb•u•tante \de-byu-tänt\ n: a young woman making a debut into society, easily spotted in white dress and pearl necklace. Common

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kud • zu \kud-zü\ n: a ubiquitous vine/weed found in Southern climes that, left uncontrolled, will grow over any fixed object in its path, including trees, power lines, and the entire state of Georgia.

deb•u•tante \de-byu-tänt\ n: a young woman making a debut into society, easily spotted in white dress and pearl necklace. Common names include Muffy, Bootsy, and Bunny.

Eadie Boone is no shrinking violet. An artist and former beauty queen who married into one of the first families of Ithaca, Georgia, she tackles everything with gusto and flair. But tailing her wayward husband proves to be, well, an exasperating chore. If only Trevor would just see the light, dump his twenty-two-year-old hussy, and return home, Eadie’s creative energy could be put to better use. Now all she has to do is convince him.

Nita Broadwell, a good Southern girl from a good Southern family, is jolted out of complacency when she discovers condoms in her husband’s shirt pocket (“Maybe he’d found them on the ground and picked them up”). Between clinging to denial and dodging her overbearing mother-in-law, Nita is also trying to break her addiction to steamy bodice-ripper novels. Only now it appears she’s authoring her own real-life romance tale with a hunky handyman thirteen years her junior.

Lavonne Zibolsky–a transplanted Yankee, bless her heart–is saddled with planning the annual Broadwell & Boone law firm party. That and her lackluster marriage have her seeking solace in the contents of her refrigerator. If she could just put down the Rocky Road ice cream and peach pie, she might get around to finding a caterer, dropping sixty pounds, and figuring out how to fall in love with her husband again. Not necessarily in that order.

Bonded by years of friendship, these three women discover what else they have in common: lying, cheating spouses. So they heed their collective betrayals as a wake-up call and band together to exact sweet revenge. The take-charge trio will see to it that the punishment is just, exquisitely humiliating, and downright hilarious.

Cathy Holton’s debut novel is a delicious yarn of friendship and marriage, secrets and retribution, and how nothing stays hidden for long. Against a Southern backdrop of gentility and decorum, Revenge of the Kudzu Debutantes dares to abandon Junior League social graces in ways that would make even Scarlett O’Hara blush.



"It’s great fun reading about these women as they trade their tea for tequila and get smart, get out, and get even, with amusing, and surprising results." --Nancy Thayer, author of The Hot Flash Club

"Sly, smart, and full of great characters -- and then there’s that sweet, sweet revenge. Getting even has never been so creative. Or delicious." --Louise Shaffer, author of The Ladies of Garrison Gardens


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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780345493705
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
05/16/2006
Series:
Kudzu Debutantes Series , #1
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
288
Sales rank:
119,269
File size:
603 KB

Meet the Author

Cathy Holton was born in Lakeland, Florida, and grew up in college towns in the American South and Midwest. She attended Oklahoma State University and Michigan State University and worked for a number of years in Atlanta before settling in the mountains of Tennessee with her husband and their three children.


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Revenge of the Kudzu Debutantes 4.1 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 25 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and not knowing who the author, Cathy Holton was. I read this one of and bought all of the books that Ms. Holton has wrote. Her books make you laugh and see the characters in your mind she now is my favorite author. This is a book about friendship, getting even with those who go beyond your boundaries. The women in this series are true to their compass and will make you cheer for them during their failures and successes.
Guest More than 1 year ago
'Love is blind, but marriage is a real eye-opener.' -- So says Ms. Lavonne Zibolsky, as she is fixin' to be crowned Kudzu Queen -- right after she enacted sweet revenge on her two-timing husband. I had so much fun reading this book. Seldom does a read make me laugh out loud, but this one did, and often. Three fantasic women find strength they never knew they had, with such hilarious results. You will love the Kudzu Ball, complete with a recliner race, a Betty Cracker Cook-Off, a variety of games including the Hubcap Throw, and of course, the crowning of the Kudzu Queen. This is a fantastic read, and I can't wait to read the next book from this very talented author. If you missed taking this one to the beach this year, read it anyway, it will bring back fond beach read memories!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Revenge of the wives is in poor taste all around the hunting trip and the grizzly bear is made for a national lapoon vacation
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book. It was a wonderful, light read for a quiet day off work and away from the husband, kids and other real world responsibilies. At times I laughed so loudly while reading this book thatmy poor, startled cat ran to check on me! I am so glad I stumbled on this book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought this story a little boring it dragged in places but the revenge was sweet.
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I had high hopes for this book, but it fell a little flat. It kept my interest enough for me to finish it, so that's good. I wouldn't suggest it to anyone, though. Very light, easy read before bed.
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I was looking for something well-written yet lighthearted, and this book didn't disappoint. I immediately purchased and read the sequel, which was equally entertaining. Cathy Holton is a wonderful writer who truly understands "southern" women.
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I personally love all of Cathy Holton books. I love that these women were so clever and good friends. It was just a funny entertaining book to read. I honestly read her book Beach Trip first, saw that she lived in Chattannoga and was anxious to read a local womans book and loved it so much that I looked up the Kudzu books after. All of them are great can't wait until she writes another. I am hooked.I have passed mine on to all my friends and they are hooked as well.Such fun books with neat suprises.
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TulaneGirl More than 1 year ago
This book passes time but lacks the depth to be anything more than an easy read. Although trying to emulate other books about southern women (think "Fried Green Tomatoes") this book falls short. The women plotting their revenge against the men in their lives can be overbearing. And more than once I wondered whether they would ever be anything more than miserable women. Having said that, it's fine summer reading. And is probably best suited to reading right after a horrific break-up.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was great. I really enjoyed it and could see it being made into a movie. The characters are enjoyable and the writing makes you laugh. You can actually visualize these characters in action. A truly fun read for women. Can't wait for her next book.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In Ithaca, Georgia, the three housewives Nita Broadwell, Eadie Boone and Lavonne Zibolsky are married to three partners at the same law firm. However each of the women feel life is passing them by. They fill the void they feel in different ways. Nita loves erotic romance novels while lusting over carpenter Jimmy Lee Motes at the same time she detests her husband, Charles who hurt her. A shocked Eadie refuses to let her spouse Trevor leave her for his twentyish secretary whom he blithely announces he will marry soon. Finally Lavonne eats ice cream by the ton out of the carton to assuage her lack of appetite for her indifferent husband Leonard.---------------- During the annual holiday office party the three wives learn that their husbands¿ annual getaway hunting trip is more about tracking expensive hookers. Angry the female trio vow vengeance on their womanizing mates when they go off into the wild chasing game this time they will hook female impersonators as the trio sets in motion a complex strategy that the Pentagon would envy..----------------------- Though the story line seems straightforward with no surprises, chick lit readers will enjoy this peachy version of the First Wives Club as the dangerous femme fatales plot vengeance with military precision. There five-step revenge methodology proves quite reliable starting with their satirical escapades at the Kudzu Ball and continuing the parody until the infamous hunting trip. REVENGE OF THE KUDZU DEBUTANTES is a fun tale starring female buddies enacting revenge southern style.----------- Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I laughed till I cried. Well written with characters that are familiar! The ride back to the ranch well worth the read. Would love to see this on film!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Defitely recco tjlight hearyed read....funny.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stayed up to read it and will pay for it tomorrow. Worth evert minute. No discriptive sex scenes was a bonus.