Jill McCorkle is the author of nine previous books—four story collections and five novels—five of which have been selected as New York Times Notable Books. The recipient of the New England Book Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Prize for Literature, she teaches writing at North Carolina State University and lives in Hillsborough, North Carolina. Visit her online at www.jillmccorkle.com.
Cheer Leaderby Jill McCorkle, Leanor Reizen
Enter one Red Williams, who has been around -- older, more experienced, utterly different from all Jo has ever known. The swirl of changes that lazy North Carolina summer brings, the accelerating
Up until that summer at Moon Lake, Jo Spencer was the kind of girl who knows what to be and what to do -- the cheerleader -- the straight-A student, popular and cute.
Enter one Red Williams, who has been around -- older, more experienced, utterly different from all Jo has ever known. The swirl of changes that lazy North Carolina summer brings, the accelerating pressure to be what Red desires, as well as what Jo's friends and family expect, spin her out of control.
"The coming of age rituals of a Southern town in the late 1960s and early 1970s -- the seemingly trite made suddenly startling -- here take on a memorable clarity of definition in this remarkable first work of fiction by a talented young novelist." (Publisher's Source)
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I thought this book was incredibly boring. It took me forever to read it. The back description is very misleading because it talks about Jo's (main character)life 'explodes half-way through her freshman year at college' when in fact I didn't read about anything really happening. I suppose it is possible that I was so badly bored to tears that towards the end of the book...nothing sunk in. I only finished so I could say 'thank god I finally finished it'.
I really loved this book! It was one of the best books I have ever read! The 1970's can relate to the present day. I first read Ferris Beach for school and fell in love with Jill McCorkle's style of writing. I also read this book and Carolina Moon. I was up all night reading them. This is a MUST read in my opinion!