Michael Lee West
- Title: Crazy Ladies
- Author: Michael Lee West
- ISBN: 9780060977740
- Page: 430
- Format: Paperback
Librarian note an alternate cover for this edition can be found here.From the author of Mad Girls in Love comes this lively multigenerational tale of six charming, unforgettable Southern women a novel of love and laughter, pain and redemption.Though she was born in Tennessee, Miss Gussie is no country fool A woman who can handle any situation, she has her hands full wLibrarian note an alternate cover for this edition can be found here.From the author of Mad Girls in Love comes this lively multigenerational tale of six charming, unforgettable Southern women a novel of love and laughter, pain and redemption.Though she was born in Tennessee, Miss Gussie is no country fool A woman who can handle any situation, she has her hands full with two headstrong daughters who happen to be complete opposites dour Dorothy and sweet Clancy Jane Hoping money will heal childhood wounds, Dorothy marries the owner of a five and dime, while Clancy Jane gets into a mess of trouble, running off with a randy tomcat who pumps gas at the Esso stand And then there are Gussie s granddaughters, the smart but plain Violet and fancy talking Bitsy a new generation whose lives will reflect a nation s tumultuous times From Tennessee to New Orleans, from psychedelic San Francisco to a remote Southwestern desert ranch, this funny, poignant novel spans than four decades as it vividly recounts the universal loves, sorrows, and joys of women s lives.
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I finished this one last night and I am already missing the characters! I really loved this book! It reminded me so much of Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik, one of my favorite authors. This is southern version with a little more dramatic kick. As crazy and "unlovable" as she was, Dorothy was one of my favorite characters. She needed to be loved so badly but just went about it in all the wrong ways. Oh Dorothy, if only I could have seen you for counseling and a homeopathic remed [...]
chick lit. michael lee west writes the BEST books! this one is the 'first' book about miss gussie and her antics as she grows up and raises a family. super good read with a southern twist
I just can't give any stars for this title. While the author hit upon many historic moments in time none of the characters, in my opinion, were part of the history being discussed. They were not really a part of the time periods even though they were living in the moments. The biggest movement was the hippie/Vietnam era and even that was downplayed as characters just moved leisurely through the pages. Even the racism, as awful as it was to hear Dorothy say the N word, it was just that her trash [...]
I can always go back to this book for light-hearted laugh out loud fun. Michael Lee West tells the same story from different perspectives, (think Barbara Kingsolver's Poisonwood Bible), and the voices are so consistent, so genuine and SO Hilarious. I thought HE was a genius author that could really capture the female voice until I found out that He, Michael Lee West, WAS a woman!! Less impressed once I found that out, but the book is still great. Similar style to Fried Green Tomatoes, etc.
I'm just not big on stories of dysfunctional women who make stupid choices their whole lives. "Crazy Ladies" was an apt title. Both the characters and the story lacked depth. In some ways this felt like a Cliff Notes version of a book even though it was almost 400 pages long. I forced myself to finish thinking somehow it would redeem itself. It didn't. There are too many good books out there to waste your time on this one.
This book is a delight--funny, thought-provoking, sad and also inspirational. The characters are interesting and well-drawn. Hard to put down and one that I read again and again.
I normally do not like fiction, but I really couldn't put this book down. I grew up the crazy tales and trouble-making characters and I feel like this is a grown up version. The book starts in the earlier part of the 20th century and ends in the 70s, a journey through the secrets and lives of three generations of southern women. I really like the way that the author tells each chapter in a different character's voice. The author has a great way of weaving the characters stories together. The aut [...]
This story takes place over 40 years, from 1932 to 1972, in the southern United States. It centers around women in a family (5 women plus their maid). The chapters are written in their different voices. The book was a wonderful read, very easy to lose yourself in it for a couple hours. It's especially good if you like southern stories or stories that take place "back in the day", as I do.
I liked this book. The only thing that bothered me was some of the language used, but due to the time setting of this book it made sense I suppose.I thought it was interesting seeing the story through all of the different characters.
I was diappointed with this book and can't even remember if I finished it or not. It just couldn't hold my attention and the characters weren't very relatable.
My aunt gave me this to read. I'm finally on the last chapter today. It has been such a great read that I'm disappointed that it will be over after this last chapter.
Wow. If you ever wanted to read a book about every terrible thing that could happen to a collective group of womenlook no further! Admittedly, I was not in the mood nor the correct headspace to take in a tale of such tragic proportions when I read this, but it is a downer nonetheless. I enjoyed the author's style and the slightly dark, if not a bit self-indulgent humor that peppered these pages. I also enjoyed the backdrop of major historical events and cultural norms/attitudes. Seeing the chara [...]
This was my second West book within a month and even though I only checked it out because the book I wanted wasn't around and I couldn't think of anything else to get, I'm glad I did. This is the kind of book you read while somebody else drives and you have 10 minutes in the car. You have five minutes in a checkout line, so you read some of it. Thirty minutes before bed is plenty of time to learn more and more about the Crazy Ladies of Crystal Falls, Tennessee. A paragraph here, a chapter there. [...]
I really liked this book. Sometimes books with Appalachian settings are very heavy. Sometimes they are so simple they make southerns look silly or ignorant. I found this book had a very good blend. It tackled some tough issues but it was complemented by humor to lighten it up a bit. The characters were varied as well. The book covered forty years so as the reader, I saw them grow. None of the characters were completely good nor bad. Like real people I know, I found qualities to admire and to dis [...]
What a find!!! This book came from a hunt for Southern, fun beach reads for a recent trip. Chosen simply for it's title and cover photo, once again, I am reminded that sometimes you can pick a book, just for it's cover.The 6 women in this book ARE crazy, and thoughtful and caught in the roles assigned to them by the family and their community. All of this is wrapped up in a family whose history is irrevocably changed by one incident.Add this to your summer reading - you will be glad you did!
Interesting read. I like books that are from different characters perspectives. The one thing I really didn't like about the book is that the character of Dorothy is so extreme. I felt she was written in a way that was so unlikable and it was hard to find anything really to like about her. And then finally when she was getting the help that she needed (towards the end of the book), she was sort of just written off as a nuisance. It was too bad.
This book was on my "To Read" list for years, and I'm so glad that I finally got around to finding it. With multiple narrators and a fifty-year span, this book covers several generations of southern women and takes us from shortly before WWII through the Vietnam era. I thought it was striking to see both how much things change over time and how much things stay the same.
I love the multi-generational novel about eccentric southern women. This one was more soap-operesque trash about truly dysfunctional and crazy women and unfaithful men. Its one you keep reading to find out how it ends even though you can see it as a Lifetime made for tv movie. And I read the next in the series and it was more of the same.
The mother and favored daughter characters reminded me too much of my mother-in-law and sister-in-law, so it was a little disappointing and I don't particulary like books that have a lot of infidelity in them, but most books seem to have that anymore.
I've read this book several times before. It's a mix between a simple Southern novel and historical fiction. I love all the women's characters and the fact that the story is told from each of their points of view.
I have actually read this book quite a few times. It follows the lives of several (quite colorful) southern women through some troubled times but keeps you laughing.
A friend loaned me this book, and it was very good - read it in one day! Women are totally crazy, but it is fascinating.
Loved this book. Crazy southern ladies. :) Reminded me of my familyI always swear that Jerry Springer has a warrant out on my family.
The title says it!! Crazy is the right word for these ladies although not the only right one. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know all of them!!And learned a lot also!
i picked this book up at a yard sale and i am sooo glad i did. i just purchased the sequel to it from b&n. loved it!
Three generations of Tennessee women. Were they crazy? Hmmm. crazy. Great read!
I loved this book! As a mom I can see how crazy we are at times. From the beginning you can just imagine the time, place and what was going on in the world. How children can go down paths that you may not have chosen for them. How love can bring you home, how humor will entertain the soul. I picked this book up at a thrift store, I was not disappointed.
I loved it! This book read like a song. Made me feel better about being from a family full of crazy ladies from the south. Loved every word. I could see every place, feel every emotion, and the dialog was like a call from back home. Well done Ms. West! I'll be reading more of your work. Thank you.
fantastic book! love everything she writes.
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