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Mermaids in the Basement (2008) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

Reeling from the loss of her mother, plagued with a bad case of writer's block (and don't even talk about that extra twenty pounds), Renata DeChavannes feels as though everything is just plain wrong. And that was before the tabloids caught her sweetheart, filmmaker Ferg Lauderdale, sharing an intimate squeeze with Hollywood's hottest young tamale.

But the granddaughter of the formidable Honora DeChavannes possesses more hell than belle in her backbone, and she's about to reclaim it. Heading south to Honora's home on the Gulf Coast, Renata is determined to stop feeling like a wilted gardenia and emerge as the unstoppable kudzu her beloved grandmother proudly proclaimed she would be: "I'll just tell you, Sherman may have burned the South, but kudzu will engulf it". But for that to happen Renata's got to face some not-so-genteel ghosts from her past, discover the truth about the mother she desperately misses, and make peace with the first man who abandoned her and broke her heart, her handsome and distant father.

Original title: Mermaids in the Basement
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionWomen's Fiction
FictionGeneral FictionMidlife Crises, Journeys Of Discovery

Edition #1: Mermaids in the Basement

Mermaids in the Basement (2008)
Edition Details:

Language: English

  • "Ripe with Southern charm and sultry atmosphere, West's diverting and funny latest unravels the tangled gossamer web of an eccentric extended Southern family. At the heart is Renata DeChavannes, who has a pretty full plate...The story flies by, loaded with grand parties, sumptuous Southern meals, multiple affairs, and harrowing calamities. West's storytelling talent shines when she's following around the fiery belles...It's a joyride." Publishers Weekly
  • "Funny, irreverent." New York Times Book Review
  • "A must-read...Just drips with Southern charm." Denver Post
  • "A veritable gumbo of warmth and humor." Southern Living
  • "Her warm Tennessee drawl brings the setting to life." People
  • "Perfectly rendered." Memphis Commercial Appeal
  • "I can't think of enough nice things to say. The voices are sharp, wry, and uttely convincing." Washington Post Book World
  • "West isn't just one in a long series of good Southern fiction writers. She is a major talent." Oxford Review
  • "Miichael Lee West writes like the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sings, a thousand voices, all different, all together." Diana Gabaldon
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Mermaids in the Basement (January 2008)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780060184056
Dimensions: 9.07 x 6.38 x 1.11
Pages: 290

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