A novel of Southern family secrets and mysteries from the author of "The Persian Pickle Club."A novel of Southern family secrets and mysteries from the author of "The Persian Pickle Club."Hide synopsis
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Description:New. Ships From Canada. Glued binding. Paper over boards. With...New. Ships From Canada. Glued binding. Paper over boards. With dust jacket. 304 p. Audience: General/trade. Book Description: Natchez, Mississippi, in 1933 is a place suspended in time. The silver and china is still dented and cracked from Yankee invaders. And the houses have names....and memories. Nora Bondurant is running awayfrom her husbands death, from his secrets, and from the ghosts that dog her every step. When she receives a telegram informing her that she has an inheritance, Nora suddenly has somewhere to run to: a house named Avoca in Natchez, Mississippi. Now, shes learning that the lure of Natchez runs deep, and that, along with Avoca, shes inherited a mystery. Noras aunt Amalia Bondurant was killed in an apparent murder/suicide, and the locals are saying nothing more. As Nora becomes more and more enmeshed in the community and in her familys history, she learns surprising things about the life and death of her aunt: kinship isnt always what it seems, loyalty can be as fierce.
What a great read for a dreary Northwest day -- not only does Ms. Dallas actually create an intriguing mystery, but while doing so, she describes the south so vivdly that you can feel the oppressive heat, smell the dripping greenery, and hear the drawls.
Set in 1933 Natchez, Mississippi, the reader follows Nora Bondurant as she uncovers secrets about her inheritance: the crumbling house of a grandmother she didn't know about and its inhabitants and neighbors. For those of you, like myself, (a Yankee) who don't really understand "the South", this books gives at least a cursory glance into what it means to Southerners to reside in small a Southern town.
One of the better books I've read in a long time.
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