My Summer of Southern Discomfort

My Summer of Southern Discomfort

by Stephanie Gayle
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My Summer of Southern Discomfort 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought this to read by the pool a few summers ago & it ended up on my bookshelf until a few weeks ago. The author really made me feel for Natalie. When reading the book I suddenly transformed into a New Yorker who was severely out of my element in Georgia & totally empathized with Natalie's every emotion. When it ended I was left wanting more - what exactly does Natalie's future hold?
harstan More than 1 year ago
Natalie Goldberg shocks her parents when she flees Manhattan to accept the position of prosecutor in Bibb County, Georgia. Her reason for heading south is much less altruistic than her being renowned for championing civil rights causes parents would appreciate. Natalie is forced to leave town as she is the fall girl for a major legal error by a full partner Henry Tate at the New York firm they worked Tate was her lover until he used her. Natalie struggles to adjust to the southern rusticate slower paced life style of Bibb County. She especially finds herself amused and angry often at the same time when she and prosecutor Ben Maddox, whose connections prove the old south still runs the county, argue the merits of a case or how to save the world, NRA style. However her biggest adjustment is capital punishment, which she opposes on moral grounds, but as a Georgia prosecutor she must prosecute these cases with fervor that is what she is working on as she finds herself increasingly enjoying life in Bibb County, Georgia. --- MY SUMMER OF SOUTHERN DISCOMFORT is a superb character study that uses the setting of a legal thriller (although thriller seems a bit too strong) to look deep at the adjustments and adaptability of a person totally changing professional and personal lifestyles. The well written story line focuses on Natalie¿s struggles to adapt from sophisticated Manhattanite to working with and for ignorant rednecks over time she concludes the locals are much deeper than just dumb hicks as she first thought. Readers will enjoy the New Yorker¿s southern comfit transformation (though this reviewer admits a strong bias as a former borough resident who moved to Atlanta). --- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed reading this great new book. I am always looking for new authors and I've discovered a gem. I found the story to be very compelling. There was a great deal of character development and I found myself deeply invested in Natalie's new life in the South as she navigated the strange new waters she was in. The court case was also interesting, but the focus was more on Natalie's personal growth as she escaped New York City and her heartache there. I highly recommend this book!
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bella2881 More than 1 year ago
This was a great Summer read!
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MECC More than 1 year ago
Easy, but interesting summer read. I liked the main character throughout, and could relate to her, but I felt like the book tried to pick up too many plot points (moving, NY, South, job, family, friends, love, work, big case, murder trial, possible love interest, helping love interests family, etc) and then seemed rushed. (Hence--what the reviewer below was saying, rushed climax, but there indeed was one, it was just rushed. It was her decision if that helps.) I liked the authors writing style, it was effortless, entertaining, and believable.
Hat_Fantastic More than 1 year ago
I am from a town just north of Macon GA so the setting is what sold me on buying the book, along with the really cute book cover. I love Chick Lit books with lots of comedy and of course, romance! I figured that was what I was in for. Boy, was I wrong! May I ask what the actual plot of the book was? If anyone knows, can you please tell me? I could not, for the life of me, figure out what it was. Plus, I kept waiting (and waiting) for a climax. I never got one. One word: BORING! Also, I am from the south and could not relate to any of the characters!
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