The Orange Blossom Special

The Orange Blossom Special

by Betsy Carter
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The Orange Blossom Special by Betsy Carter

When we first meet Tessie Lockhart in 1958, she is pinning her hair into a French twist, dabbing Jean Naté on her wrists, and getting ready to change her life. This widowed mother of a thirteen-year-old has decided it's time for a fresh start for both of them, time to leave behind Carbondale, Illinois, and the pain of loss. Tessie and her daughter move to Gainesville, Florida, where they discover that they aren't the only ones struggling to move forward in the wake of tremendous grief.

Betsy Carter has perfectly captured both the innocence of the 1950s, when even the complex events of our lives seemed somehow easier to endure, and the startling and irreversible changes of the 1960s. A story about the relationships people develop in the face of loss, The Orange Blossom Special introduces us to a remarkable cast of characters, all of whom are tested—and transformed—by the changes in their midst.

In her own touching and funny style, Carter shows us the unexpected ways in which strangers can become family.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565128804
Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Publication date: 06/03/2005
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 165,086
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Betsy Carter is the author of Swim to Me and The Orange BlossomSpecial. Her memoir, Nothing to Fall Back On, was a national bestseller. She is a contributing editor for O: The Oprah Magazine and writes for Good Housekeeping, New York, and AARP, among others. Carter formerly served as an editor at Esquire, Newsweek, and Harper's Bazaar, and was the founding editor of New York Woman. She lives in New York City.

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The Orange Blossom Special 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Orange Blossom Special rings with Siddon's insight of the 60's, Smith's inate sense of Southern women, and Flagg's ability to make Southerns laugh out loud at themselves...I just never wanted the story to end
Anonymous More than 1 year ago