Monday, March 7, 2011

Book Review: Georgia Bottoms by Mark Childress

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company; 1 edition (February 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316033049
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316033046 


Georgia Bottoms is known in her small community of Six Points, Alabama, as a beautiful, well-to-do, and devoutly Baptist Southern belle.

Nobody realizes that the family fortune has long since disappeared, and a determinedly single woman like Georgia needs an alternative, and discreet, means of income. In Georgia's case it is six well-heeled lovers-one for each day of the week, with Mondays off-none of whom knows about the others.

But when the married preacher who has been coming to call (Saturdays) decides to confess their affair in front of the whole congregation, Georgia must take drastic measures to stop him. In Georgia Bottoms, Mark Childress proves once again his unmistakable skill for combining the hilarious and the absurd to reveal the inner workings of the rebellious human heart.

My Review:

5 stars out of 5

Mark Childress, who also wrote One Mississippi and Crazy Alabama, has done it again with another great read.  Having been sick over the weekend, I spent my time in bed catching up on books, while my husband tended to our daughter.  I couldn't wait to get to this book, and was not disappointed when I finally read and finished it.  I am always on the lookout for great books set in the South.  As you can tell from our daughter's name, Savannah Rose, we just love Savannah, GA, and all things southern.  So, having read Mark's other books and knowing his writing style, this was a must-read book for 2011.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book about Georgia and how Mark wrote about her imperfections -- even though she is thought of as a perfectionist.  It is nice to see people brought down off their pedestals and shown in a humbling way.  The other characters in this book were also represented nicely.  This book was a fun read and left me laughing throughout.  You couldn't help but root for Georgia and see her triumph over adversity.

About the Author:

Mark Childress was born in Monroeville, Alabama. He is the author of six previous novels and three books for children. He has lived in Ohio, Indiana, Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia, California, Costa Rica, and currently lives in Key West, Florida.
Disclosure:  I was given a copy of this book by the Hachette Book Review, in order to provide an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.


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    This looks like an interesting book, thanks for the review!