Mermaids in the Basement

Mermaids in the Basement

by Michael Lee West
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Mermaids in the Basement 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Carrying twenty extra pounds is enough of a load, but Renata DeChavannes rationalizes that she has earned every pound. Five months ago her mother and stepfather died in a plane crash leaving Renata bereft. Recently the National Examiner ran a feature about her boyfriend award winning movie director Ferguson Lauderdale having an affair with actress Esme Vasquez while filming on location in Ireland Joyce¿s Ulysses. Finally her father Louie informs her that he is marrying again for the nth time with someone younger than her.---------- However, all that goes on the back burner when Renata obtains a message from her late mom insisting she go ¿home¿ to learn her 'dirty secrets.' A chance to escape Hollywood and her current case of writer¿s block, Renata leaves for the Alabama¿s Gulf Coast. There she will do her mom¿s bidding while seeing the steel magnolia make that tungsten magnolia triad of her grandmother Honora DeChavannes, Renata¿s former nanny Gladys Boudreaux and longtime friend former actress Isabella D'Agostina McGeehee.--------------- Although the myriad of subplots needs a scorecard (or perhaps a flow chart) to keep track of, fans will enjoy this amusing slice of southern life. The women including Renata¿s late mother come across as fully developed formidable people while the men especially her boyfriend and her dad seem emaciated in comparison. Still readers will appreciate this humorous but discerning look at you can come home even if a major part of what made it home has passed on.----------------- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best book she has written since Crazy Ladies. Mermaids is about a young woman named Renata who sorts through an old trunk that is filled with memoralbia about her parent's troubled marriage. In the process she finds out about herself and reunites with her estranged father. It's just a lot of fun. Write faster your fans are waiting!
Amy_LouAM More than 1 year ago
This book is by Michael Lee West, so it's got to be good. Mermaids is different from Ms. West's cozy mystery series but equally as good. This book delves into family secrets and family skeletons, and I loved the twists and turns, characters, and unique plot. Michael Lee West is now my favorite southern writer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am Hade. I have firey red hair and a pibk tail. So what if it is pink and I am a guy. It is my tail not yours and you know you want it. Anyways I do not like bullies. Hate them. Brother of my lil sis Georgia who has blue hair and tail. Light blue. She is a sweetie. You will have meet me too know me. I have a crush on this beautiful mer named Coral. My power is the ability to shift into any sea form and air form I want even parti shift.
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I have never read Michael Lee West before but based on this book, I will read more of her books. Strange, southern women and the men that live in their lives make this story a page turner. I take this book everywhere I go and reading just 10 minutes when I can, makes my day. As I read it I am envisioning a movie next.
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Kaye Sowers More than 1 year ago
i love michael lee wests books! She describes the characters and all the places they come in contact with such clarity you feel like you're there, but she doesn't get so descriptive or poetic that you lose interest. I recomend all of her books! If you enjoy Sandra Kring, you'll enjoy Michael lee West!
MysticTravel More than 1 year ago
This book is, very simply, awful. It is a very poor ripoff of the Ya-Yas. I grew up and still live in the south with all of its secrets. The characters are not endearing, but insulting. Do not waste your money or you time!