Monday, August 23, 2010

#125 The Wilde Women: A Novel by Paula Wall

From Booklist off Amazon's website:

The Great Depression dealt a hard blow to Five Points, Tennessee, and young Pearl Wilde feels just as leveled when she finds her fiance in flagrante delicto with her sister, Kat. Pearl promptly leaves town, and speculation runs rampant in the years she's away. Various sightings are reported, and the postcards she sends her sister from all over the globe are read and digested by the gossip mill before Kat ever sees them. When Pearl finally returns, with all the glamour of Ginger Rogers and the mystery of Greta Garbo, the ornery people of Five Points are curious. When she decides to open a whorehouse, the overworked women are unhappy, and further angered when their lazy men are recruited to restore the old mansion Pearl has purchased. Each and every character in Wall's tall tale has a uniquely flawed personality, and Wall has a wonderful sense of place and an adept way with words, adding up to an enthralling novel. Maria Hatton

Copyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
This was a decent book, I wouldn't recommend anyone rush out to buy it though.  None of the characters are all that likable. 
It did have a bit of a surprise at the end that I won't give away.  I really don't have a lot to say about this book because I didn't hate it, but I didn't love it.  On a grade level I would give it a C.

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