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Georgia Bottoms is known in her small community as a beautiful, well-to-do, and devoutly Baptist Southern belle. Nobody knows that the family fortune has disappeared, and a single woman like Georgia needs an alternative, and discreet, means of income. In Georgia's case it is six well-heeled lovers.
- ISBN-13: 9780316033046
- ISBN-10: 0316033049
- Publisher: Little Brown and Company
- Publish Date: February 2011
- Page Count: 288
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2010-12-13
- Reviewer: Staff
Sassy Southern belle Georgia has a lot of secrets: a rotation of gentleman callers with unique sexual needs, a mother with a tenuous hold on reality, and a lucrative (if dodgy) business of selling at a huge mark-up the folk art quilts she buys and passes off as her own creations. But then 9/11 comes along, Georgia's world of naughty innocence is changed forever, and all the plates she once spun so effortlessly in midair come crashing down: her illegitimate black son shows up on her doorstep; her best friend and town mayor, Krystal, loses her job; her demented mom and drunken brother become increasingly errant; and one of her boyfriends—a spiteful preacher—has an unfortunate attack of conscience and intends to publicly confess his affair and simultaneously condemn poor Georgia to hell. Childress (One Mississippi) is sassy magnolia lit's Truman Capote—sharply observant, unrelentingly honest, and downright hilarious—and his Georgia peach is the freshest bad girl to rise from the South since Scarlett O'Hara. (Feb.)
Southern belle style
Georgia Bottoms is the blond, beautiful Southern belle next door. As the central character in Mark Childress’ new novel, aptly titled for the aforementioned Georgia, she is the center of attention in Six Points, Alabama.
The vivacious Georgia grew up in the tiny town and, like everybody else there, she stayed put. Her best friend, Krystal, is the city’s mayor, her brother, “Brother,” is the municipal misfit, and her momma, plagued with dementia, is losing her mind.
The good Southern Baptist that she is, Georgia has occupied the same pew at church for as long as she can remember. Trouble is, lately she’s not coming to find forgiveness. Rather, Georgia Bottoms opens with Georgia feigning a fainting spell to keep the preacher from confessing from the pulpit. You see, he’s been spending his Saturday nights apart from his family and in Georgia’s arms. And he’s not the only guilty one singing hymns on Sunday mornings. But Georgia can’t risk letting his pious conscience get the best of him—she has too much at stake. The Bottoms family fortune is long gone, and Georgia has a long-kept secret for which she needs the cash flow. And it’s not just for her manicures or her Belk shopping sprees, either.
Childress, an Alabama native, brings the same humor and flair for drama to Georgia Bottoms that made his novel Crazy in Alabama such a hit. He is a master of penning dialect, especially when it’s uttered south of the Mason-Dixon line. Georgia’s Southern accent floats off the page, making Georgia Bottoms a quick, entertaining novel for Childress fans and new readers alike. If you’ve got Southern roots, this is a must-read, y’all.