The story opens with Georgia, in church, where she can be found every Sunday. Not so much because of her beliefs, but more so to keep up appearances, so to speak. As the story unfolds, we find out that Georgia has had an affair with the preacher who is about to come clean in front of the whole congregation. Georgia goes to extreme measures to stop him. Soon, Georgia’s cozy little world begins to fall apart, with a little help from her crazy mother, disturbed brother, and the biracial son no one knew she had. Then, things really turn upside down when a smooth talking, handsome new preacher breezes into town.
This book was totally what I expected in some ways, and nothing that I expected in other ways. When I first started reading, I really wasn’t expecting Georgia’s secret lover(s). Before long, I was pulled into the humor of it though. What was spot on was Childress’s portrayal of a small Alabama town. People know everyone’s business or at least try to. But at the same time, you have people like Georgia who have their secrets.
At first, I wasn’t sure how to feel about Georgia. Did I like her? Did I dislike her? Did I feel sorry for her? Honestly, at the beginning of the book, I didn’t like her much but I didn’t really dislike her either. I most certainly did not feel sorry for her. Yes, I felt her embarrassment, but as the saying goes, “you made your bed and now you have to lie in it”. However, the deeper I got into the book, the more I understood Georgia. She was a mess, but she did her best to live her life and take care of her family the only way she knew how.
Georgia’s life is full of surprises, and readers will enjoy watching her story come full-circle.
Georgia Bottoms is a hilarious novel about small town life in the South. It also highlights Georgia’s personal development as she goes from being mildly aware of her own faults, to actually admitting them. Non-apologetically, but admitting them nonetheless. Overall, this is a great read for fans of Childress and fans of Southern literature and humor.
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ISBN 0316033030 EAN 9780316033039 Publisher Back Bay Books Publish Date Feb 8, 2012 Copyright Date Feb 8, 2012 Binding Paperback