Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Georgia Bottoms by Mark Childress Review and GIVEAWAY

Georgia Bottoms: A NovelGeorgia Bottoms: A Novel by Mark Childress

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I can't figure out why I enjoyed this book. I just did. It's against all that I hold near and dear to my heart. I think it was simply the storytelling.

Had Georgia been born a few generations back, she's be known as Georgia Ethel Butts. Fortunately, one of her ancestors had the good sense to make a name change. Somehow Bottoms is not exactly the best but it's an improvement. The thing about Georgia is she is the "Other Woman." She believes she is doing a service by providing men in her southern church's congregation a sexual outlet. She's pretty self-centered but at the same time, a decent person considering she is the one who takes care of her ailing mother and brother who is interesting at best, a domestic terrorist at worst.

She lives in the old family home that used to be quite majestic. Without a steady income, she simply has arrangements with a few of the men in town. It's not love or really "business." It's simply offering gifts (sexual) for gifts freely given (they support their mistress). There's a man for every night of the week except Monday. They all believe they are the only one. Georgia has rules that can not be breached. Things have been going smoothly for years. She keeps the secrets and keeps the men separated by nights of the week and all in the shadows to keep the facade. When one strokes out she has another to take his place. When one starts talking about leaving his wife and marrying her, she has a contingency plan. Truth is, she's too self-centered to make room for anybody that might tie her down.

But then complications arise. In her carefully ordered world, she keeps up appearances and goes to church on Sunday where she carefully studies her latest manicure or dreams of a new dress she wants to buy while Mr. Saturday Night drones on. Except Mr. Saturday Night found his guilty conscience and confessed to his wife last night and is ready to confess his sins to the entire congregation which would upset Georgia's carefully ordered world. She averts the tragedy and hastens Eugene's exit from her small town. She is clearly a girl who does not wish change in her schedule.

The little charades continue but complications are constantly arising. She puts out fires and adjusts to small changes like her increasingly forgetful mother or her alcoholic brother who just can't seem to keep his nose clean. Still, the small town continues and she handles it all with aplomb. But then things get really dicey. Georgia does have a secret son and he eventually ends up on her front porch. This is much more complicated than one might first admit. Think deep South and he has dark skin. Oh, yeah. She's fair skinned and blond.

I honestly had no idea where this story was heading. It just kept telling itself and there was nothing particularly predictable about it except I suspected that all of her secrets would eventually unravel. How this occurs, however, is really the journey and it is incredibly entertaining.

How do you cheer for the Other Woman? I honestly couldn't. I liked her and she stayed true to her character throughout the book but I certainly didn't wish for her to get off without consequences. At the same time, besides her little sexual forays, she was a good person, albeit self-centered. The ending is satisfying, although I want to say more. It is surprising and I liked Georgia's resilience and acceptance of change.

Thanks to Brad at Hatchette, I have 1 copy to offer.
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36 comments:

Kara Helen said...

It sounds like an interesting book especially since the often-despised Other Woman is the "heroine" but not something I would pick up in a store after reading the back cover. I assume that after the secrets unraveled, there was a bit of "punishment" right? She didn't get off scot free?

DarcyO said...

Sounds intriguing. I'm putting it on my TBR list.

Mary said...

I really liked One Mississippi by Childress so I'm not surprised to hear his new book is good!

debbie said...

I would love to read this book, it sounds really fun.

Lisa said...

Shallow compliments - I will take them too! But now I want to say that you are doing a great job. I enjoy your reviews and I am learning from you.

Susan said...

Your reviews are the best - I love reading them! And that's not a shallow compliment. ;)

Thanks for the giveaway.

Atypical Girl said...

I like your honest, frank reviews. In fact, I trust your opinions more than a lot of other reviewers. This isn't an empty compliment either. I would never use words to do that.

Thanks for another great review!

Amy

PoCoKat said...

Great review...would love to win this book!!!

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Cheryl F. {The Lucky Ladybug} said...

I enjoyed your review and would love to read Georgia Bottoms :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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Jennifer O. said...

I want this book! I've read two reviews about it and both were good.

Your blog is great btw and I enjoy seeing what you're reading over on goodreads as well.

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Vivien said...

Well thought out review. I hadn't heard of this one before. Sounds great!

pmj said...

I liked reading your review-now I want to read the book!
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Ms. Dawn said...

From one shallow reviewer to another....You's AWESOME!!lol No...seriously...great review. Makes me wanna read it NOW!

karenk said...

great review...please count me in...thansk :)

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Martha Lawson said...

Love your blog, it is totally awesome!!

Karen said...

Those are some pointy shoes on the cover..I'd imagine them to be very uncomfortable.

Oh, and to stroke your ego. I LOVE YOUR BLOG <3

Meredith said...

I've seen a couple reviews for this book and it looks good! Thanks for the giveaway!

Amy said...

Your reviews are the only ones I read--they're that good!

Amy said...

I enjoyed your review. I am partial to this book from the get go because I tend to enjoy southern fiction. Georgia sounds like an entertaining and interesting character and her story like one readers can just sit back and enjoy, as you did!

Gwendolyn B. said...

I wouldn't want to be the Other Woman and I wouldn't want to have to deal with one either but, in real life, people do make bad choices and sometime learna great deal from their mistakes. I'd like to read about Georgia. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

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Carol N Wong said...

I would not cheer the other woman, ever! But I would like to read this funny book!


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Linda Kish said...

I have been wanting to read this book.

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ruthhill74 said...

I don't think this would normally be my kind of book, but for some reason, I am intrigued.
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Christi said...

Great review! This book seems great but not something that would've caught my eye otherwise, so thanks!!

Anita Yancey said...

Loved the review. Sounds like a wonderful book, one I would love to read. I really like the cover.

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Tiffany Drew said...

Great review and great giveaway! I have been wanting to read this :)

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Sarah E said...

I have heard such great things about this book! Thanks for the giveaway.

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Ginia said...

I may or may not read this. It's the title that makes me want to...

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Laura H. said...

Love your sense of humor! And that's not intended to be a "shallow" compliment. :-)

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melydia said...

Great review - thanks!

Brenda said...

Great review I posted the giveaway to my blog to give others the opportunity to win the book if I don't. ~ : )
Maybe you'll become a follower of mine, I'm a follower on yours!

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LAMusing said...

I do tend to like "southern" fiction. Thanks for the terrific review.
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CherylS22 said...

Looks like a good book - hope I'm not too late to enter!
Thanks for the giveaway~
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YWLiang said...

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