Savannah Blues: A Novel ~Mary Kay Andrews
I had a hard time with this book, which was my book groups June selection. Primarily I think the book came in the wrong time zone for me. I would have probably loved it on an airplane, beach or rainy read in a mountain cabin, but not in the middle of a busy time with too much to do.
This book was classified as a mystery at one book distributor, and from Amazon.com it was listed as a Romance. I would tag it as a Southern Romance; Mystery; Antiquing; Lite book.
Most of the group found it very entertaining and that the timing was good to take the plunge away from the thought provoking and just ease on into the Southern comfort of the story and the details about the yummy food. Several members thought that the book was an excellent description o f how a “picker” worked estate and garage sales to find antiques for dealers. The group truly enjoyed the reprieve from the heavy reading and overall would rate this book highly entertaining.
Three things that made me rather angry with the book:
- The evil folks were all from “up North” and attempting to override the locals. The most evil person in the story was a flamboyant, sexy woman from Chicago!
- That I was reminded that Southern Traditions are locked in place and primarily folks are not able to change their ways or views. Even with the homosexual characters, there were limits to the tolerance.
- That money truly equals power and that a there is a huge divided class system still.
What I liked about the story was that the lead woman just did her “own thing” and found success – figured things out to her satisfaction.
I enjoyed that some of the characters were actually attempting to recycle and reuse.
Yep! This book needed a beach and a blanket with lots of lazy time for me. Did not encourage me to rethink the South – though it did help me recall how stunning the beaches are in Georgia.
Most of book group agreed that the traditions got in the way of progress, and most of the group thought it was a most pleasant read.
We did not get to the politics and how the book ignored what was going on in SC with health care and profiling and anti-homosexual activity, how that southern traditions limit southern thinking, and how believing in their superiority over the rest of the Nation limits us all – nope! Too full of stereotypes and pettiness.
If you want a traditional book with southern charm and you need an escape – This is the book for you.
Have you read a book that you did not care for? Did you let your book group know your feelings? Do you attempt to find something to like about each story? Do you ever just quit reading a book? Or set it aside?
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