In the Deep South, the grinding summer heat is enough to make people stupid. Four small town Southern women-each with distinct reasons to consider her life total crap-band together to forge "the easy way out." But life has a way of turning out opposite of misdirected plans.
Abby has no husband, no children, no living kin, and a painful family secret. Loiscell is a two-time breast cancer survivor facing recurrence with dwindling faith and courage. Sheila is a meek abused wife hiding behind a religious, volunteer-queen veneer. Estranged from her only child, Caroline "Choo-choo" Ivey desperately misses her late husband.
As the relentless summer heat continues, conditions deteriorate for the women. Initially in jest, they propose group suicide: a nice meal, followed by a quick death courtesy of a paid assassin. Choo-choo offers to pay, and Sheila figures a way to enlist her husband to acquire a contact name. Then plans go haywire.
The Suicide Supper Club was a finalist in the 2012 Florida Writers Association RPLA contest. The Suicide Supper Club tackles tough subjects-abuse, cancer, aging-but with humor. In the South, humor is as essential as breathing and often filters life's harsh realities.
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About the Author
Rhett is the author of four published mainstream humorous fiction novels set in her hometown of Chattahoochee, a place with "two stoplights and a mental institution on the main drag": "The Madhatter's Guide to Chocolate", "Up the Devil's Belly", "Mama's Comfort Food", and "Cathead Crazy". She is coauthor of two novels: "Evenings on Dark Island" with Larry Rock and "Accidental Ambition" with Robert W. McKnight.
"One of the best things," Rhett says, "is sharing my brand of Southern crazy with others. When I write, and especially when I step in front of a mic, the stand-up comedian that idles inside me snatches the wheel. I never know where that kook will take me."
Rhett donates a portion of her book royalties to support causes in which she believes. "It is important-no, vital-that I use what life has provided, to help others. Even small amounts over time add up. I may be a tiny ripple in a big pond, but that ripple can still make a difference."
Rhett writes to stay balanced. The way this world is today, it's a must. "Humor lifts me. I think it lifts others. As long as I am on this side of the dirt, I will find a way to laugh, and to share that with as many people as possible."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Loved, loved, loved Rhett Devane's latest book. Rhett's southern heritage and humor shines through in her storytelling! I felt like I was right there in Chatahoochee sharing the lives of the characters in Suicide Supper Club. A well written, couldn't put it down book! Hollywood needs to come calling and make this wonderful story a big screen hit!
Title: Suicide Supper Club Author: Rhett DeVane Publisher: Writer4Higher Reviewed By: Arlena Dean Rating: 5 Review: "Suicide Supper Club" by Rhett DeVane.... What was this novel about: "Life is crap and the weather is stupid-hot: reasons enough for four small-town Southern women to plan "the easy way out." Abby has no husband, no children, no living kin, and a painful family secret. Loiscell is a two-time breast cancer survivor facing recurrence with dwindling faith and courage. Sheila is a meek abused wife hiding behind a religious, volunteer-queen veneer. Estranged from her only child, Caroline "Choo-choo" Ivey desperately misses her late husband. Sheila's husband, a correctional officer for a local prison, belongs to a clandestine paramilitary group. Glenn's drinking and deep-seated wounds from a cruel alcoholic father fuel his anger. Glenn meets Julius Herndon, known by his secret hunting club name of Clay, an ex-military man with a dangerous, criminal edge. As the relentless summer heat continues, conditions deteriorate for the women. Initially in jest, they propose group suicide: a nice meal, followed by a quick death courtesy of a paid assassin. Choo-choo offers to pay, and Sheila figures a way to enlist her husband to acquire a contact name. Plans go haywire when Clay trains Glenn for the hit. As an unexpected result, the four members of the Suicide Supper Club learn that death is a process not easily dictated by a selective act of will. Life, no matter how difficult, is a gift." What I received from the read.... This was quite a interesting read of how this author puts together four woman in this small town who gathered at a restaurant to plan their own suicides. However, as each one of the ladies bond together in friendship and secrets are unveiled will this 'Suicide Supper Club' plan go off? This author really works it with the humor to end it all that does come about from this suicide planning and its descriptive culture of this small southern town in the Florida. It was quite a interesting story of how this author was able to bring these women to life who lead very different lives, were of different ages as well as situations in life that each one had taking on 'the very real reason why people are driven to end it all.' I found the characters: Abby, Loiscell, Sheila and Choo-choo were all well rounded, well portrayed and believable which helped to bring this novel to life and even maybe helping to understand why the 'Suicide Supper Club?' What I really liked about this read? When it's all said and done ...will each of these woman find a reason to live or will they take the easy way out....well this is when I say you must pick up "Suicide Supper Club" and see for yourself how this author brings it all out to the reader. It will be a intriguing read that I would recommend.
“Life is crap and the weather is stupid-hot: reasons enough for four small-town Southern women to plan ‘the easy way out,’” the publisher’s description for "Suicide Supper Club" informs us. Rhett DeVane (“Cathead Crazy”) brings her trademark sparkling prose and deep insights into human nature to this story of the darkness and light in the lives of Abby, Loiscell, Sheila and “Choo-choo.” The lives of these kindred spirits play out in the Florida Panhandle between Chattahoochee, a small town with a main street dominated by a mental institution, and Tallahassee, the state capital, 44 miles away. Most of the festering family secrets, declining health, estrangement and physical abuse live and breathe in Chattahoochee for Abby, Loiscell, Sheila and Choo-choo. Tallahassee is for shopping, fine dining, cancer treatments and a prospective appointment with a hit man. While, suicide and humor are usually mutually exclusive, they seamlessly merge through DeVane’s inventive plot, fully realized characters, knowledge of Southern life and customs, and sense of place. Readers cannot help but feel the characters’ reactions to the darkness in their lives and, quite possibly, understand the rationale for a suicide supper club. The light in "Suicide Supper Club" comes from the great love and esteem the four women have for each other and the ways they find for coping with the Florida heat and the crap. When it comes to Chattahoochee and Tallahassee and the people who live there, Rhett DeVane gets it right.