A few things one should always remember when touring:
- Stash snacks in your purse (right now I’ve got cashews)
- Bring breath mints or gum.
- You will always love the people who show up for your readings. And on that note, I adore Larissa and Joe, who came to the Regulator on a cold, rainy Saturday night during the ACC championship. If I had a heaven, those two would have a special place in it.
The Sunday Roanoke Times wrote a review of Bound South. So nice, especially since I lived in Roanoke for two years. Great to get the newspaper’s support.
Here’s the review:
Book review: Depths and secrets of the Southern belle
- By Susan Rebecca White
- Simon & Schuster, 360 pages, $15
New author Susan White, who received a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Hollins University, offers up a Southern classic based on the New South — the one Margaret Mitchell never knew.
The book, set in Atlanta, follows the lives of three women: Louise, the proper matron who wants only to have it all; Caroline, her rebellious and artsy teenage daughter; and Missy, the daughter of Louise’s housekeeper. These characters bring us their tales through distinctive voices and intriguing characterization.
The story moves through several years as Louise attempts to raise Caroline properly. She also steps in with Missy, especially when the young girl swipes one of Louise’s prized possessions while she helps her mother clean.
The true Southern belle of the story has interesting depths and secrets that will keep readers wondering what she will do next.
Caroline wants no part of her mother’s life. She wants to be an actress. Eventually she moves to California in hopes of achieving her dreams — but dreams are not all they are cracked up to be. The lessons are hard.
Missy initially seems to be the odd woman out in this book, and only near the end, when possible reasons for her inclusion are made clear, did I understand why her narrative was necessary. This child tried hard to do well, and she struggled hard with faith and poverty. Of the three characters, she definitely had my sympathy.
The threads that weave people together and the paths that force lives to cross are certainly brought to the forefront in this book. We never know where the currents will lead us, and White doesn’t hesitate to point this out.
This is a fun and fairly quick read. But don’t let that fool you. There is a lot of depth here, and this is a story that book clubs will enjoy discussing for years to come.