opular and prolific Brown (Rubyfruit Jungle, etc.) lavishes her attention and breathless prose on another lesbian coming-of-age tale set in Southern belle territory. Victoria "Vic" Savedge is a gorgeous 22-year-old senior at the College of William and Mary in present-day Virginia. Her parents, Frank and R.J., little sister Mignon and best friend Jinx Baptista all expect Vic to marry her rich football star boyfriend Charly Harrison after graduation. However, in the opening scene, Vic meets Chris Carter, a female transfer student to whom she is increasingly attracted. Their flirtatious behavior deflates any suspense Brown may have hoped to create; it's clear Vic's commitment to Charly is shaky. As she unconvincingly struggles to choose between lovers, Vic ponders with Jinx the roles fate, honor and individual responsibility play in life. During weekend visits to her ancestral home, Surry Crossing, Va., Vic is entertained by the smalltown antics of her womanizing Uncle Don and sex-deprived Aunt Bunny, and the Wallaces, neighboring middle-aged sisters who pathetically vie for their elderly father's favor. Brown's tendency to tell rather than show ("Raised in a judgmental family, Chris had survived by nourishing her sense of rebellion. She didn't know what she was looking for until she met Vic") and filler dialogue ("Sit down. It's my turn to give you a Coke" and "Mother, do you want a refill?" "No, thank you. But you may clean the ashtray") wear on the reader, and the one-dimensional characters and soap opera story line provide little relief. Brown's good-natured humor and exuberant treatment of her themes may satisfy her fans, but she's unlikely to pick up new readers this time around. 8-city author tour.
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Brown, the author of the Sneaky Pie Brown mysteries, returns to her lesbian roots in Alma Mater. Vic and Chris are two coeds who meet at William and Mary College and, much to their surprise, are mutually attracted and launch an intense affair. Though Vic is involved with the star football player, and though neither woman has ever considered the possibility that she might not be heterosexual, this life-changing turn of events does not seem to faze either of them. Brown usually excels at offbeat characters, and while she does offer readers an amusing and outlandish supporting cast (thanks to the Southern locale), her latest novel lacks the freshness and believability of her now classic Rubyfruit Jungle. Still, fans will welcome her return to the theme of her earlier work. Recommended for most public libraries.
- Caroline Mann, Univ. of Portland
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This is truly the best book I have ever read! I could read it over and over again. It is like reading my life story in a book. Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2003 by Sarah Bagby
I got this book thinking mystery, wrong. It is however a truely funny book. I even read some of it aloud to my husband, he loved it, too.Published on Oct. 22 2003
Story of my life. I loved this book. I could read it again and again, and I have. It definitely has some hot sex scenes.Published on May 19 2003
This would probably be a 2 star book if anyone else had written it, but since we know Rita Mae Brown can do so much better, I have to give it one. Read morePublished on March 14 2003
RMB's best since "Six of One," though, as with every Rita Mae novel, there will be times when you want to throw it across the room in exasperation. Read morePublished on Dec 18 2002 by bacchae
I agree with the reviewer who referred to this novel as a 260-page coming-out novel. I also agree that it reads more like late 1990's lesbian relationship than 1980. Read morePublished on Dec 3 2002 by F. Mercer
Author Rita Mae Brown can always write a good story with a very colorful cast of chatracters. I must admit that I am a fan. Read morePublished on Sept. 24 2002 by Michael S. Waren
Victoria "Vic" Savedge, a tall striking beauty beginning her senior year in 1980 at William and Mary, is dating handsome, football athlete Charly, who comes from a wealthy family. Read morePublished on May 26 2002 by Jill Clardy