Ellen R. Rigby lives in the upstate of South Carolina with her husband of 35 years, their dog Ziggy, and cat, Fang. Her hobbies are reading, writing, gardening, watercolor painting, boating, music, and cooking, preferably dancing while cooking. They enjoy the S.C. coast and frequent the mountains of N.C. and Tennessee with the Mini Cooper named Wander.
Southern Fried Skeletons: Genuine Southern Recipes Includedby Mrs Ellen R Rigby
Southern Fried Skeletons is a Southern novel, with laugh out loud humor, drama, and tragedy. It takes place in Greenville, S.C., and is an emotional roller coaster ride. Maggie Keith grows up in the finest Southern tradition, a popular debutante and beauty queen who is elected class president and sorority officer. She loves everybody regardless of race or social status. Her life seems perfect, until the first of many family skeletons rattles out from a closet and sets Maggie on a tragic collision course with a decision no kid should ever have to make. Set in the rollicking 1960s and early 1970s, Southern Fried Skeletons follows one girl's journey toward adulthood, barely surviving the psychedelic era. She is of stong Cherokee and Irish blood, and does indeed survive, but is damaged on many levels. Wounded for life. She finds the true love, which probably saves her life in the long run. After many years of emotional pain, she finally finds the only thing that will completely fill the the giant creator in her heart.
Southern life seems to be bound by good food, which is ever present in this novel. As a gift to the readers, there are many Southern family recipes included that are the key to your man's heart (attack). Enjoy sharing them with your familes.
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Ohmygod I loved this book and read it in two nights! It had so much personality and was so easy to get lost in. I really like Ms. Rigby’s writing style – it is like a friend is talking to you and you just want to keep listening and listening! I like that she’s not afraid to take chances or write about shocking, even scandalous topics. That’s what made this book so good! It is the type of book that you will either totally get it and love it, or it won’t be your cup of tea. Fortunately it was my cuppa! I’m planning on trying some of the recipes that were included, too. I’ll definitely be looking for more from this author in the future. Must read for fans of southern fiction.
Southern Fried Skeletons by Ellen R. Rigby is an edgy, well-written and entertaining novel that transports you to another time and place. It takes place in the south in the sixties and seventies, and I loved how crazy the characters were. Of course they aren’t perfect and normal…who would want to read about that? Snooze. But I thought it was really funny and enjoyed most of the dialogue. At times I did feel like some of the speech and slang felt to “current day”, and at the expense of other time period-appropriate expressions that may have helped to solidify the world-building some. But this was only on occasion, not the whole time. And there were times where I felt there was a lack of tension to compel the story forward. But what it lacks in urgency it makes up for in energy. A fun read, a bit twisted, and not for the easily offended.
Okay, this book seriously rawks! It was really different from anything I’ve read in a long time. I guess it would be classified as general fiction/family drama-relationships, but it is definitely intended for mature audiences. This is no sweet southern belle tale. There is sex, drugs, and rock and roll. LOTS. Oh, and there are some pretty delicious-sounding recipes at the end too that I’ll be trying out. Overall the writing was great and I LOVED the author’s sassy, spunky ‘voice’ and the way the characters just leapt off the pages. Recommend for anyone who wants to read a different type of novel that is wickedly fun.
Southern Fried Skeletons is, strangely enough, almost exactly what the title implies. It is set in the south (Greenville SC) several decades ago when Elvis was king and ‘transfats’ weren’t a thing! (Love the included recipes, btw). There is a large family with secrets and scandals and deviant behavior that would make any southern woman blush. The tone is light and engaging, and this book never takes itself too seriously…and that’s half the fun. It has great dialogue and characters I won’t soon forget. I did feel in some places the pacing was a bit slow, and there were long stretches of telling backstory that I wasn’t sure was all that necessary. But overall a delightful read that I would recommend to friends.
Wow! It's seldom that I cannot put a book down! Started reading and only put it down to sleep and turn the chicken that I was cooking the next day. It left me in shock and awe revisiting the crazy 70s from the personal and raw perspective of the author. I laughed and cried. Great book! Not for the faint hearted! It is such an intimate portrayal of real life, family, spunk and survival! Humorous, sad, honest, and scary...could make a horror movie out of this one! Thanks so much for the journey!!!