Wife-in-Law

Haywood Smith. St. Martin's, $25.99 (384p) ISBN 978-0-312-60977-1
Republican wife bonds with left-leaning hippie in this engaging Southern-fried saga of friendship, family, and survival from the saleswoman-turned-author of Waking Up in Dixie. Betsy and Kat meet in the Atlanta suburbs in the mid-'70s, forge an unlikely friendship across a cultural and political chasm, raise their kids together, and almost lose each other when widowed Kat falls into the arms of Betsy's philandering hubby. There's never a doubt the sassy gals will outlive and outsmart all the one-dimensional men in their lives, who either move away or die. But the sharp-eyed portrait of a Southern suburb in a turbulent political era, and of fragile Betsy—who suffers from her husband's mysterious betrayal and the nagging need of her mostly missing parents—is both touching and fresh. Smith offers the requisite Southern charm and wit with these big-hearted characters, but she also jumps the Mason-Dixon line with an achingly real portrait of a middle-aged single mom who longs for a bridge from the family she never had to the one disappearing before her very eyes. It's easy to root for these Dixie belles. (Sept.)
Reviewed on: 07/18/2011
Release date: 09/01/2011
Genre: Fiction
Hardcover - 413 pages - 978-1-61173-193-4
Paperback - 379 pages - 978-1-250-01389-7
Open Ebook - 384 pages - 978-1-4299-4987-3
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