The Florabama Ladies' Auxiliary & Sewing Circle

The Florabama Ladies' Auxiliary & Sewing Circle

Book - 2001
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From the author of Storyville and Bed and Breakfast-a funny, heartfelt, and poignant novel about the surprising power of a group of small-town women. "We've been screwed blued and tattooed," quips Hilly Pruitt at hearing the news of the closing of Cherished Lady, the local lingerie factory. Hilly, along with many other women in Florabama, have been relying on the factory for their livelihood for years. As Hilly always says; "Life is like a dog sled: If you ain't the lead dog, the scenery never changes." The same day the plant closes, Bonnie Duke Cullman begins her drive through a Gulf Coast storm to the first real job of her life. Her country-club-and-charity-committee existence has come to an end as abruptly as her marriage. In short, she too has been downsized. But luckily for Bonnie, she does have a job to go to: She's been hired to run a "Displaced Homemakers Program" for a podunk community college where the ex-bra seamstresses of Cherished Lady await her wisdom. In an unlikely alliance, Bonnie and the Florabama women join together in a midlife survival course where the events of a single year forever alter the way they see the world and their places in it. Despite their very different lineages, they find common ground in the longings and dreams we all share: for community, identity, security, and for love.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2001.
ISBN: 9780670894697
Characteristics: 358 p. ; 24 cm.


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FindingJane Jul 16, 2014

A solid tribute to the resiliency of the human spirit, “The Florabama Ladies’ Auxiliary & Sewing Circle” features a winning diverse group of women, all of them struggling to deal with life’s large and small adversities. Whether weathering the loss of a job, man, home or family, these women suffer, complain, sink or rise and the best of them realize that you can’t always do it alone and that it’s fine to ask and accept help.

From children to old women, Ms. Battle gives each of these people individual voices, each so distinct you practically know who is speaking whenever a sentence emerges. Reading this is like sitting down to a coffe klatch with all the old friends (or enemies) you grew up with, each retaining her own character and style under all the warpaint. It’s a book of triumphs and defeats told as quiet vignettes looped together, much as these very different women are brought together by twists of fate.

skylars Jul 02, 2011

Nice, light reading for the summer. Women of different socio-economic backgrounds become friends, helping each other move on in their lives.


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