Sarah Walters is a reluctant Camellia Society debutante. She has always felt ill-fitted to the old-fashioned gentility of Southern womanhood and family life, but in Charleston, established rules and manners mean everything. As Sarah grows older, moving north and navigating love and life in New York, she and her group of displaced deb sisters try ...Read MoreSarah Walters is a reluctant Camellia Society debutante. She has always felt ill-fitted to the old-fashioned gentility of Southern womanhood and family life, but in Charleston, established rules and manners mean everything. As Sarah grows older, moving north and navigating love and life in New York, she and her group of displaced deb sisters try to define themselves within the realities of modern life. Heartbreak, illness, addiction, career disappointments: this was not the hazy, happy future promised to them by their Camellia mothers. But events outside her control - an unplanned pregnancy, a family death - lead Sarah back home to Charleston and to some difficult choices. And only then does she realise that as much as she tries to deny it, where she comes from will always affect where she ends up. Perhaps the motto 'Once a Camellia, always a Camellia' has more of a power over her than she would care to admit. Tender, hilarious and immensely readable, Girls in Trucks is a debut by a unique new voice.Read Less
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Publishers Weekly, 2008-01-28 An unenthusiastic Southern debutante copes with the cruelties of postcollege New York life in Crouch's amusing debut. Sarah Walters is neither a misfit nor the queen of the Camellia Society cotillion scene growing up in Charleston, S.C. But when she and her fellow Camellias try to make a life in New York City, they find themselves coping in unexpectedly dangerous ways-from standard substance addictions to Sarah's fixation on preppy ex-boyfriend Max, a smooth and sadistic child of wealth. While the formula of young women in the big city seems destined for cliche, Crouch subverts most expectations; Sarah almost purposely misses an opportunity for happiness and stability with the gentle lover she met in Europe, and her ploy to ignite sparks with a college friend goes painfully awry. When Sarah goes back to Charleston and faces a perhaps too over-the-top family crisis (it involves suicide and lesbianism), the reader's left with the hope that the worst is over. Though this feels almost like a collection-each chapter its own story with its own narrative technique-Crouch's portrayal of a young woman's self-sabotage and the pitfalls facing young women in a cold world is wise, wry and heartbreaking. (Apr.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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