American Pie: A Novel

American Pie: A Novel

by Michael Lee West

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The lives of the three McBroom sisters of Tallulah, Tennessee, were tangled before the eldest, Eleanor, discovered their mother hanging from the Venetian blinds—and the years have done little to comb out the knots. Now a drunken encounter with the midnight train has left brash, much-married Jo-Nell near death, compelling agoraphobic Eleanor to summon marine biologist Freddie home from California—where she fled after being expelled from med school following a daring gall bladder heist. At last the McBroom sisters are together again, to face old fears and new catastrophes as they cheerfully deflect every flaming arrow that outrageous fortune fires their way.

With wit and loving compassion, Michael Lee West introduces us to an indomitable family of eccentric survivors in an unforgettable novel of cruel fate, bad luck, and unassailable resiliency.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060984335
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/05/2006
Series: Harper Perennial
Edition description: 1 HARPER
Pages: 336
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.76(d)

About the Author

Michael Lee West is the author of Mad Girls in Love, Crazy Ladies, American Pie, She Flew the Coop, and Consuming Passions. She lives with her husband on a rural farm in Tennessee with three bratty Yorkshire terriers, a Chinese Crested, assorted donkeys, chickens, sheep, and African Pygmy goats. Her faithful dog Zap (above) was the inspiration for a character in the novel.

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American Pie 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
CatieN on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Freddie fled Tallulah, Tennesee, for California years ago and is now married to Sam and they watch whales for a living. While working in Baja, Freddie receives a phone call from her sister Eleanor to get hom quick because their youngest sister Jo-Nell was hit by a train and is in the hospital in critical condition. Freddie goes back to Tennessee and an old boyfriend, and the reader learns about the lives of her sisters and her grandmother Minverva. Good, not great, book about sisters and growing up in a small town.
karinnekarinne on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Michael Lee West writes chicklit-ish Southern lit with a distinct tang to it; she usually writes interesting female characters, and I enjoy reading her books. They're reliable comfort-reading. It doesn't hurt that there is usually food-talk involved, as well. I mean, unless you get really hungry at the mention of food, in which case I guess her books could lead to weight gain."American Pie" isn't my favorite West book, but it hit all the points I expected it to. There is a POV change with each new chapter, which usually bothers me, but she managed to keep the voices distinct enough that it wasn't confusing.I was not struck by lightning-style revelations or anything while reading "American Pie," but it will be a sturdy addition to my little "comforty Southern lit" shelf.
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