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It's the holiday season in Russell, North Carolina. For Laurel Granger, it can't pass quickly enough. With her fifteen-year marriage ending, her obligatory visit to her hometown is bound to be even more painful than usual. And the worst part will be looking at the lives of her mother, Pansy, and Pansy's gossipy group of friends, for whom life revolves around the plant, the aging textile mill where for decades they have found companionship, a modest livelihood, and a purpose.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780749906481
ISBN-10: 0749906480
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 135mm x mm)
Pages: 336
Imprint: Piatkus Books
Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
Publish Date: 28-Aug-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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US Kirkus Review » The travails and triumphs of rural southern women. Russell, North Carolina, is the kind of small town that never changes-but Laurel Granger sure has. She isn't sure how to tell her family that she split up with husband Scott in Las Vegas, or that she may not even want to stick around after Christmas. Truth is, she has no choice but to stay and find a job at the mill, like her mother, Pansy, and all her mother's old friends: Idalene, Maxanne, Percilla, and Lottie May. Laurel isn't exactly thrilled to be right back where she started from, although everyone seems to love her just the same. She ruminates over her marriage-how could Scott dump her for a stupid bleached blond named DeeDee?-and seeks answers in the past. Fortunately, no yearbook, no church program, no nothing is ever thrown away in Russell, and all are scrutinized in turn, their emotional charge duly noted. Laurel does a little snooping and discovers to her surprise that her mother, a talented artist, had planned to go to college, though she never mentioned it. A little more digging reveals that Maw Bert, Pansy's mother, kept her at home until she married, even burning all of Pansy's paintings. Laurel is appalled. Is she doomed to see her ambitions, her education, go up in smoke as well? Just what it is about this small town that keeps people here for generations? Alternate points of view are skillfully introduced as each of the five friends tells her story-as does Maw Bert, the redoubtable matriarch, who had her reasons for doing what she did. Laurel is thrilled to find that her mother's artwork wasn't destroyed after all, still glowing brightly despite the years of concealment under family photos in old frames. Lovingly drawn, thoughtful characterization holds up despite the endless inventory of minutiae. A worthy second outing by the author of Moon Women (2001), though it has only the ghost of a plot. (Kirkus Reviews)

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Author Biography - Pamela Duncan

But with her own marriage disintegrating, Laurel has nowhere else to turn except Russell and the women of the plant. And soon what Laurel begins to see is not the stifling town she couldn't wait to leave, nor women whose lives seem petty and plain, but a place where powerful secrets have been kept, where hearts and lives have been broken and where a group of extraordinary women may have a thing or two to teach her about life.

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