Nora, Nora

Nora, Nora

by Anne Rivers Siddons, (none)
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Nora, Nora by Anne Rivers Siddons, (none)

It is summer, 1961, and Lila Lee Bayliss, motherless since birth and now 13, doesn't quite know what to make of Nora Findlay. Nora smokes, swears, wears short shorts, and when she listens, she looks at you as if she's never heard a human voice before. She also laughs a lot, something that's been missing for a long time in the Bayliss household, and she seems to have done just about everything fun there is to do in the world. Soon, even Lila's somber father is humming while he shaves. When Nora takes a teaching job at the local high school, it seems like she might stay on in Lytton forever, despite her outlandish ways and the snide comments made about her by some of the neighbors. As time foes on, Lila begins to realize that underneath Nora's high-spirited, feisty façade, something is troubling her, something from her past. And though Nora has tried to run away from the life she had before, a secret follows her, on that is so shocking, it will stun the residents of this small, segregated town and forever change the life of young Lila. The mesmerizing story of an independent woman caught in a provincial place and time, Nora, Nora is destined to become Anne Rivers Siddons's biggest hit yet

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061093333
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/28/2001
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 4.18(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Anne Rivers Siddons's bestselling novels include Nora, Nora; Sweetwater Creek; Islands; and Fox's Earth. She is also the author of the nonfiction work John Chancellor Makes Me Cry. She and her husband divide their time between Charleston, South Carolina, and Brooklin, Maine.


Charleston, South Carolina and a summer home in Maine overlooking Penobscot Bay

Date of Birth:

January 9, 1936

Place of Birth:

Atlanta, Georgia


B.A., Auburn University, 1958; Atlanta School of Art, 1958

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Nora, Nora 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This author helps the reader to connect with the characters and the experiences they are living. I would like to know when another book by Anne comes out? zoya
harstan More than 1 year ago
In 1961 Lytton, Georgia seventh grader Peyton McKenzie lives with her widower father Frazier. At night Peyton watches old home movies of her family by herself. The filming stopped when her mother died so she never appears in any of them.

Peyton¿s second cousin, free spirited Nora Findlay, arrives and shakes up the household and the townsfolk with her ideas on racial equality and her open lifestyle. Nora begins to teach an English class of mixed races while tutoring. However, Nora has secrets of her own and though she loves her two relatives, has never been able to stay in one place very long. When will she find the pressure of Peyton and Frazier to be too much?

NORA, NORA is an excellent character-driven historical fiction novel that centers on life in a small Georgia town at the beginning of the civil rights movement. The story line is interesting, but lacks action. Instead the interrelationship between the characters and the motives that drive their actions make for an entertaining novel that readers will enjoy. Nora is warm and humorous as she stirs up the townsfolk to either back her antics or loathe her for representing the end of a lifestyle. Peyton is a great cast member who believes that she murdered her mother in childbirth. Frazier regains his lust for life. The secondary players add depth to the atmosphere as well as a better understanding of the three lead charcaters. Anne Rivers Siddons brings a bygone era alive with her wonderful period piece.

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Jennmarie68 More than 1 year ago
I don't even know where to begin with this book. The writing was excellent, the story was so good, the themes in the story were so important (and so well handled), and it was very enjoyable. I loved Nora. She just didn't care, but at the same time she cared so much. I know that sounds weird but I don't know how else to describe her. She stood up for herself, and prided herself on simply enjoying life however it's handed to you. Peyton on the other hand was such the opposite. And while Nora had a huge impact on Peyton's life and the changes in Peyton were drastic Peyton will always be Peyton. The story touches on so many different issues. First it takes place in the south in the 60s, so there's the racial issues. Then Peyton is in a place in her life where she needs the guidance of a woman, but Nora is so unconventional it is question whether her ideals should have influence on Peyton. I can't really give any more because it would take away from the web of the story. The narrator did an excellent job. While I tend to think it would have been really hard to have a bad narration for such an amazing book Cristine McMurdo-Wallis did a really good job. She had such a dramatic voice and since Nora was such a dramatic person it fit perfectly together. Cristine's voice was just perfect for this one. She was very pleasant to listen to. She also did a great job of staying in character so you always knew who was talking.
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The book has a story that comes to life as you read this book. I am not a big fan of Anne Rivers Siddons, but this book is a masterpiece that is worth spending your time reading!
Guest More than 1 year ago
IF YOU'RE 12 YEARS OLD!!! Reminds me of books I used to read as a pre-teen. Would never have bothered finishing it, had it not been an audio book and I was taking a long car ride. Peyton is a stereo-typical mixed up kid, Aunt Augusta is a cliche, and Nora wants to be a Holly Golightly-type free spirit. It's all been DONE and with far more skill. I've read worse books, but I've certainly read better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Anne Rivers Siddons is one of my favorite authors, and I had eagerly awaited reading her latest book, Nora, Nora. Unfortunately, I was disappointed to find the book lacking the depth of her previous bestsellers. There wasn't much of a story compared to, say, Colony or Outer Banks, which is something the author usually does extremely well. I just did not feel drawn in to the lives of the characters in Nora, Nora.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was excellent! There aren't really that many words that can describe how good it was. It was the best book I've ever read. It kept my attention the whole time; I never lost interest in anything that was going on. I would recommend it to anyone that is looking for a good book to read. It is an easy read because it is not too complicated, and it is not too long or dragged out. Again, I would recommend it to anyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have enjoyed all of Anne Rivers Siddons books but perhaps this is my favorite. It is hard to put down. Hoping for a sequel!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
it was not worth the money