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Novels So I Made So I made valiant effort but oh my Lord have mercy why use one word when 2000 will do The first 150 pages could have probably been condensed down to 15 I am not above liking some florid descrip For anyone who lives or has ever lived in Atlanta this book is fascinating for its historical references alone It describes what people tend to refer to as the old money in Atlanta although Shep the main character is uick to note that no money in Atlanta is truly oldWhen evaluating a book I like to think about what my biggest take away is what did I learn This book made me a fiscal conservative and lifelong Republican realize that estate taxes are absolutely necessary to ensure the long term stability of society I kept thinking to myself that Shep would have taken a different turn in life pulled himself out of his decades long funk if only he had needed to et a job To be awash in trust fund money allowed him to live in an other worldly state ensconced in his summerhouse never doing much of anything except making coffee and writing another family s history That being said Siddons is masterful at creating characters that are truly differentiated and not one dimensional The only character I did find to be bit flat and hard to believe was Sarah but even the character Lucy commented on that aspect of Sarah s facade Siddons also makes the The Widows Little Secret generation of my parents come alive she has way of making you feel like you are right there Suddenly things my mother has told me aboutrowing up in Charleston SC in the 1950s feel relevant when I find myself transported to that time and place She also does a Resurrection Year great job at showing how Buckhead was transformed from a bucolic paradise to a hustling skyscraper city over the last 50 years Admittedly the first 75 pages of this book sound a bit like listening to an old lady prattle on about the times back in her day I was bored But then the book started to pick up speed and the pace during the second halfot faster and faster with and OMG moments until I began to think What calamities can one woman pack in one book And then she did itWow Read the book You ll see This is a The Fire Within (Rockford Fire Department great summer read The first time I picked up this boo. Tenth anniversary edition Set amidst therandeur of Old Southern aristocracy here is a novel that chronicles the turbulent changes of a reat city Atlanta and S I first read this book when it was released in 1989 I have re read it many times over the years and just finished reading it again Those first two hundred pages over the years and just finished reading it again Those first two hundred pages just so redolent of a lost era one that happened before I was born but I heard about from my parents
grew up the sa This book is largely set in Buckhead where I used to live 1948 1956 and went to school North Fulton HS 1948 1950 She defines p23 Buckhead as stretching from Peachtree Creek on the south to West Paces Ferry Road on the north from Northside Drive on the west to Peachtree Road on the east My sense was that it went further east than just Peachtree Road She Tame an Older Man (Harlequin American Romance, gives it an area of some 4 suare miles She mentions Crawford Long Hospital where my first child was born In 1907 the first trolley line was laid down from downtow Having come off another Siddons book just previous to this one I had very high expectations Peachtree Road satisfied most of them I loved the main characters of Shep and Lucy from the first and theirlittering world of privilege Shep s without lifting a finger and Lucy s only through sheer determination I loved the main supporting characters of Sarah Charlie Ben Jack Little Lady and even Jack s forbidding parents and Lucy s social climbing trash mother There are at least 50 additional supporting characters of various roles besides these creating a complex living story of interrelated lives and cause and effect sometimes with terrible results The story was utterly engrossing the events compelling on their own and especially alive with the history on the civil rights movement added seamlessly into them I spent the entire evening reading because I had to et towho rew up
The End To Seeend to see happened And for the longest time I can remember I was lad that the book was near 600 pages because I wanted it to A Miracle, A Universe go on and on to know how all the characters ended upMy one real problem was the book is not linear It begins at the funeral of Lucy and I found most of the prologue incomprehensible as it mentions characters by the truckload with no background too with them Having read the entire book I was able to o back and make sense of it all to see the heavy foreshadowing present within it but in retrospect I should have skipped right to chapter one and not tried to make sense of it until later There is also a deep morose uality to this book as there is with all tales of a olden era and its eventual end While I enjoyed this I will not reread itOverall opinion Not as Aguecheeks Beef, Belchs Hiccup, and Other Gastronomic Interjections good as some of the other Siddons books but definitely worth reading. E is an only child never expecting that her reclusive young cousin will become her lifelong confidant and the source of herreatest passion and most terrible ne.
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into the story I was sad to see the book end I absolutely loved this book A mustthe story I was sad to see the book end I absolutely loved this book A must for Atlantans I read it after I had moved here and it ot me interested in Atlanta s rich and colorful history Everytime I drive Peachtree Road in Buckhead I By Words Alone glance over at the last mansion and think about thisreat book There s no other way to say itPeachtree Road is the written word at its finest 797 pages of evocative soul stirring wonder written in a first person voice that laughs in the face of lesser writers adhering to the widely overemphasized and uninspired writing rule of show don t tell This book tells and it does so fearlessly in a voice that could only come from a blue blooded insider coming of age in 1960 s Atlanta Without judgment or condescension and in the vein of an objective matter of course the reader is Constantinople and the West gifted with the voice of Shep Bondurant as he lays the backdrop of his riveting life shaping story a story so scathingly unusual as to psychologically scar yet somehow the reader understands the crumbs offered along the way of this cause a Peachtree Road is a sweeping Southern magnum opus centering around Old Atlanta and Buckhead It follows the lives of Lucy and Shep Bondurant first cousins with an incredibly close bond The synopsis on the back may lead you to believe that it s about Lucy even though the narration is done entirely by Shep but in a sense it is really about neither it s about a time and place and aeneration disintegrated by its own weight and Enduring Truths glittering perfection Ms Siddons prose is rambling and excessive and heady much like the unconuerable honeysuckle vine whose scent seems to drift directly out of the pages The ultimate plot may remind you of VC Andrew s books but done with stylerace and almost a little bit of wry humor If Peachtree Road is anything it is extremely well written This wasn t terrible it was just terribly long winded It was my first Anne Rivers Siddons book and I think she s uite a Myst good writer but I just didn t connect to this novel The flourishing over written style she employed here didn t help while it was easy to breeze through pages of writing in one sitting because the writing flowed very well it was difficult to want to pick up the book again 350 pages in I neither like the characters nor the direction in which the story isoing nor the melodramatic Georgian soap opera it s becoming and I m calling it uit. Ells the story of love and hate between a man and a woman When Lucy comes to live with her cousin Sheppard and his family in the The Chinese Love Pavilion great house on Peachtree Road sh.