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But, their lives are not as simple as they appear on the surface.
Julia, the First Lady of Alabama has a checkered past and has been unable to love her husband because of a deep love her mother stomped on. She hides it with perfection and poise and distance.
Corrine, the self-claimed weirdo, has the most destructive and damaged past. As a young woman she began seeing a therapist, a man who stole her life. Miles took over every part of her life and refused to let go - abusing her physically and psychologically.
Then there is Lanier, the self-destructive woman. Lanier had fled from her husband after a nasty affair.
Byrd, the bible-thumping mother figure;
Aster, the exotic, self-absorbed, husbandizing, dancer
Rosanelle, alumni coed-wannabe complete the group.
Corrine is often the story teller - mostly because it is a tale about the end of her life... We learn how Corrine pulls away from Miles and reunites with her son, Culley and her art - gourd art- the story of the SSGs and the way women hold one another together.
I really enjoyed this story. I think I liked Angry Housewives a bit better though. This sometimes got a bit campy with Southern ‘charm.’ But - it’s a great read!!