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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 347 pages
  • Publisher: Mira Books; Reprint edition (April 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0778324095
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778324096
  • Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 2.4 x 16.8 cm

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story! Must Read. 16 Jan. 2006
By Wiley Reader - Published on
Format: Paperback
This story of cousins who share a deep bond along with some family secrets is a must read for anyone who loves irreverant humor and characters who stay with you long after the book ends.

From the opening pages when I first met Charma Deane, her nemesis Bess, and the women who live in and around the Aunt Farm I was charmed, touched and tickled. The story explores relationships in all forms including social Southern small town life, true love, old friendships and new. But most of all it shows the power of women.

This is the kind of book that would be perfect for a book club or just to share among friends. It will be on my 'keeper' shelf.
3.0 out of 5 stars storyteller 22 Oct. 2007
By June Nolen - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Heathen Girls! I never actually understood what that meant. It took a while to get the characters and their names straight in my head. As most books, the actual drama occurs in the last one or two chapters. I had no feelings invested in these people. When it finally came together, everything was clear, but it didn't really matter because the three girls were still friends. One strong, one quiet, and one arrogant but expected to be still loved which she was till her end. All in all, it wasn't a great book or a bad book. I base my review on whether I would keep this book and read it again and the answer is no.
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable but not memorable 22 May 2012
By Nascar Pryncess - Published on
Format: Paperback
This book was just a little above ok for me which is why I gave it 3 stars instead of 2. It did get better after a very rough start for me but I don't feel changed in any way after reading this book and it would be hard to tell you exact details of the story. So truly there are better books out there and better ways to spend your time.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Novel has Southern flavor, but themes are universal 5 Feb. 2006
By Kay Day - Published on
Format: Paperback
The epic journey is a time-honored theme in fiction, and Luanne Jones's new novel HEATHEN GIRLS rests both plot and character on that theme. Although the main character Charma Deane's journey doesn't cover thousands of miles geographically, it does cover a lot of ground emotionally.

Charma is summoned to the Aunt Farm, the George family's spiritual center, where she spent summers with her cousins Bess and Minnie. Bess is about to evict her aging aunts, Fawnie and Shug. Both the older women were, at different times, married to the same man who died years before. They are affectionate rivals now for family attention.

In returning to the family home, Charma confronts ghosts from her own past as she attempts to deal with her aunts' eviction, her cousin Bess's pending death, and her cousin Minnie's conflicts with her own daughter. Mother of two grown sons, and now divorced, Charma dances around feelings for the man she almost married, Guy Chapman. Guy literally left Charma at the altar many years before, but as the story unfolds, it becomes apparent he had good reasons for doing so.

The story line rests on each character coming to grips with what the cousins call the "sacred self." Interwoven into the narrative are snapshots of Southern culture, both past and present. Urging the reader on are family secrets and customs, both specific to the George family, but also familiar to anyone with a large extended family.

There's a poignant passage where Guy Chapman, now owner of his family's funeral parlor, speaks of the new South, but the message stretches across a nation. Guy returned to his hometown to save the family business, but in truth, the business is run by Dathan, an African American. But Guy keeps up appearances, knowing the business would falter if the townsfolk knew the real brains didn't reside with a member of the Chapman family. "You know they can make folks integrate the schools and the work force," he tells Charma. "But in those most private places where you have to lay your hands on someone..."

Charma knows what he means, responding, "Churches, mortuaries, and beauty shops." (pg. 295)

The novelist tells her story in an unpretentious, spontaneous manner, with Charma as narrator. The main character and those closest to her complete a personal journey that, in the end, makes each of them a wiser and stronger person. Some passages will require a careful read; it's obvious the novelist has a higher aim than writing just another chick lit tale.

The reader will enjoy a zany romp through antics of a Southern family whose aunts are irreverent, and whose cousins prove that blood is thicker than near-sibling rivalry. Luanne Jones rests much of the storyline on dialogue, and it is inevitable for a reader to entertain hope that the book might make its way to the big screen.

HEATHEN GIRLS is an entertaining read and offers home-spun philosophies on families and friends that keep the story in the reader's heart once the book is closed. Jones is a very good story-teller. We could use more of that in contemporary fiction.-Reviewed by Kay Day, editor, Creative Writer US*;Based on a review published at CW
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Looking for a great summer read 15 Jun. 2006
By PN - Published on
Format: Paperback
If only there were a whole shelf of Luanne Jones books to read my summer would be all about reading. Her characters are real with the flavor of the south. I am waiting for more from this very talented author.
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