From the Publisher
"Funny...lively and wry, insightful and poignant. [A] psychedelic and unsettling journey into a Southern heart of darkness." Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Funny and touching...Ellen's voice is immensely likable, start to finish-deadpan funny, smart, and on to herself." Boston Globe
"Blanche Boyd is irreplaceable. There is no cast of mind with quite the same savor, no humor quite so droll, no insights which reverberate in quite the same pitch. Her style [is] sure, true, and vastly pleasurable." Robert Stone
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Boyd's vigorous narrative of a young girl's South Carolina upbringing entertains, but proves too disjointed. Author tour. (July)
Focusing on the South of the Sixties, Boyd examines the tragedies of the Burns family, particularly those that affect daughter Ellen. Never the stereotypical Southern girl, unconventional Ellen highlights her redneck qualities even while seeking ``normalcy,'' which constantly evades her. Needing comfort, the child who laced her Cokes with spirits of ammonia ``graduates'' to drugs, alcohol, and unconventional lifestyles. Obsessed by her past, she confronts uneasy memories, trying to make peace with herself. Boyd's writing, while honest and original, is also disturbing and may leave many readers feeling unsettled. Boyd is the author of two previous novels plus a book of essays, The Redneck Way of Knowledge (Knopf, 1982).-- Ellen R. Cohen, Rock ville, Md.