From AudioFile: Narrator Kate Fleming introduces us to three curious women from the backwoods of North Carolina. I loved the grandmother in this story, Charlie Kate Birch. One conflict both Charlie and Sophia have endured, that Margaret is determined to avoid, is the deserting husband. I loved how close the three were, and that their traits complemented one another. Above all, she's concerned to get her daughter and granddaughter happily married off. I think she did her best with the material she had to work with.
The dialogue, the conversations these women have with others, with each other and within themselves---this is the compelling surprise of this novel. My only complaint is about the book's resolution, which came too quickly and tidily for me. That, to me, is the mark of an excellent story. Really, the title is apt, all three generations truly lead a charmed life, things are easy for them, and only Charlie Kate seems remotely to have earned it. While Charlie Kate's persona is highly developed, her daughter and granddaughter are comparatively shadowy figures, revolving as satellites to the greater personality. I also enjoyed the references to places that I have spent time in. Gibbons also notes how important small changes, or transformations, in the world are to her protagonists, and how these changes translate into their own selves.
It was fun to follow these three women along and see how they supported each other and loved each other despite all of the difficulties they had to endure. Or, if exploring mother-daughter relationships that are positive and make you feel good, try this story. This is a great novel. She is odd by others' standards, outspoken, and that's what makes people respect her! I have wearied, in recent years, of reading novels by authors whose characters are interesting only by virtue of their being from the South, and whose plots depend on rural Southern details and the characters' Southern eccentricities. She runs a alternative medicine practice out of her home where her granddaughter assists her in her labors of caring for the pregnant, the ill, and basically making up for t I really enjoyed this novel. In the verdant backwoods of North Carolina, in the sad and singular 1940s, the Birches are unique among women of their time. One that's strong, flexible, resilient? Margaret is more like Charlie Kate, but she still has enough of her mother in her to fall in love with a wounded soldier who comes from a good home, having broken the circle of bad men on the first crack.
Look at all her things here. At twenty-six years old, she wrote her first novel, Ellen Foster. It was the first book i have read by Kaye Gibbons and it certainly will not be my last. She guided the lives of her daughter and granddaughter firmly, only letting up when she felt they were on their right tracks. There is some social commentary, some sadness, some things everyone should know papaya tablets for digestion, aloe for burns, etc. Meanwhile, Sophia remarries well, and the great and aging matriarch can die in peace. The main reason I enjoy Gibbons' books is because in spite of all the trauma her characters go through, they rely on humor to deal with it.
I adored Kaye Gibbons Ellen Foster, and very much enjoyed Sights Unseen too. I feel this is a cheap ploy, so I wasn't particularly interested in picking up Gibbons' book, Charms for the Easy Life. It makes you look back. It was very well written and in an easy, conversational dialogue. This happened early in her career as an unpapered doctor, and throughout the rest of her life she faced challenge after challenge, both professional and personal, fearlessly.
Книга, которая не выглядит новой, была в употреблении, но находится в отличном состоянии. Problem 3: Margaret, our narrator, was an absolute bore. Myriad details ground Charms for the Easy Life nicely into history, with references to popular culture, and mentions every now and again of wider conflict. When Oprah selected Gibbons books as her book club selections, I was ticked, but disappointed that this wasn't one of them. I will definitely read more from this author.
We all hope to know someone or be someone a little like Charlie Kate: always knowing exactly what to do in any situation, dauntlessly moving forward and dictating the way our world will be. Though at times she veers dangerously toward the saccharine, Gibson rescues the fairy-tale ending with a bittersweet twist, having solidly orchestrated its inevitability. It is a familiar format of late 20th century literature: the steel magnolia Southern women who surmount countless obstacles not the least of which are a string of weak, unreliable, and troublesome men by leaning on one another. They had to rely on their own ingenuity and that of their neighbors, to pull them through. Most of the people living in the 1930s had no other resources besides themselves. I did not want the story to end.
Baines who takes his sweet time going to the altar. The Birches were women who promoted strength, loyalty, love, and compassion, not only to their patients, but also to each other. Margaret's love and admiration for her grandmother shines through the book. Alice Hoffman, whose writing and stories I find have the same lovely intelligent but easygoing prose as Gibbons', writes that the novel 'is filled with lively humour, compassion and intimacy'. By subscribing, you get access to a huge library of multimedia content, which is updated daily. This book is just captivating.