Tied to the Tracksby Rosina Lippi
She's been invited to Ogilvie by Miss Zula Bragg, the intensely private literary legend who's agreed to appear in a
Angie Mangiamele runs a film company in Hoboken, New Jersey-a long way (in more ways than one) from Ogilvie, Georgia. But a new project has brought her to this small Southern town, where she stands out like a fire truck in a flower garden.
She's been invited to Ogilvie by Miss Zula Bragg, the intensely private literary legend who's agreed to appear in a documentary made by Angie's highly unconventional crew. And there's someone else in own Angie looks forward to seeing: John Grant, a descendant of Ogilvie's founders with whom she had a long-ago summer romance. But John's wedding-to the daughter of a prominent local family-is just days away, and promises to be the sleepy town's social event of the year.
What could possibly go right?
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Rosina Lippi, a former linguistics professor, is the author of the critically acclaimed, award-winning literary novel Homestead, which won the 1999 PEN/Hemingway Award and was shortlisted for the 2001 Orange Prize. The New York Times Book Review called it "[A] novel of great depth, compassion, and tenderness." Under the name of Sara Donati, she has written the highly praised and commercially successful historical fiction series Into the Wilderness.
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At Ogilvie College, Georgia award winning author Miss Zula Bragg agrees to cooperate with a documentary about her life with the stipulation being that only financially troubled New Jersey based firm Tied to the Tracks make the film. Miss Zula explains that this small firm has the hunger to do it right not just sensationalize it. ------------------------ Owner, writer and producer Angie Mangiamele has mixed feelings about the project that would provide a boost for her fledgling company as she knows that her former lover John Grant chairs the Ogilvie English Department. Still accompanied by her team, Rivera Rosenblum and Tony Russo who provide technical photography, editing and sound, Angie heads south. Affluent and belonging to the upper crust John is engaged to marry Caroline Rose, his social equal as the daughter of a prominent local family. However, upon seeing each other for the first time since their flame allegedly burned out, Angie and John deny the attraction that everyone at Ogilvie including her partners, his fiancé, and Miss Zula feel is hotter than a peppercorn.------------------ This chick lit romance is enhanced by New Jersey zanies who stick out in rural Georgia amidst local eccentrics as each group adds plenty of humor while observing the not in love goings-on between the filmmaker and the professor. The townsfolk take sides as the matchmakers vs. the anti-matchmakers augment a lighthearted at times satirical romp. Sub-genre fans will appreciate Rosina Lippi¿s war of northern aggression.------------- Harriet Klausner
I am so excited to write this book review because I absolutely loved Tied to the Tracks. The synopsis of the story doesn¿t really sound all that exciting: documentary company (Tied to the Tracks of the title) from New Jersey is selected to do the documentary of a famous southern writer, Ms. Zula May Bragg, in Ogilvie, GA. The catch is that the head of the documentary company, Angie, and the department chair of the college where the famous writer is a teacher, John, were once lovers, and John is engaged to be married to the youngest sister of the other rich family in the town. That said, the story was very exciting, fun to read, and enjoyable in all the right ways. The tension between John and Angie is so tight that the book fairly tingles with it. What I absolutely love about Lippi/Donati¿s work is her sense of language. She captures the cadence and rhythm of language in a way that makes the conversations and thoughts of the characters ¿sound¿ in your head. The telephone conversation between Tony Russo (one of the filmmakers) and his mother in New Jersey was a delight to read. I was also excited to see that Lippi accurately placed the origin of Frito Pie in East Texas. It¿s little details like this that make the world she built in Ogilvie, GA, feel as hot, humid, and muggy as it would be if it were a real town just an hour outside of Savannah. I know that a book I am reading strikes a chord with me when I start to have conversations with the characters and imagine what they would do in my world. The characters in TTTT came to life for me, and I had imaginary conversations with them all week. I am going to miss them now that I¿ve read the book and have to place it back on my bookshelf.