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In her first novel, Clement sets herself a sticky challenge: she saddles herself with a heroine who is vain, selfish, sharp-tongued and obtuse, and who indulges in egotistical behavior hurtful to others, until, through suffering and regret, she emerges sadder, wiser and ready to fulfill her destiny. The trouble is that 22-year-old Lucy Fooshee, who narrates this initially amusing and then confusing tale, is so annoying that some readers will not stay around to see her triumph over her own bad nature. Lucy has been married only two weeks to farmer Bob Bybee when she catches sight of the new counterman at the town diner in Palmyra, Ill., and becomes totally besotted with handsome Bill Lee. The winner of several local beauty contests, and smugly accustomed to thinking of herself as God's gift to men, sexpot Lucy immediately comes on to the bewildered Billy, who eventually succumbs to her advances. Meanwhile Bob, whom Lucy selected as husband material merely because he comes from the second-richest family in the community, is left in the dark about his bride's change of heart, until even he becomes aware of her flagrant adultery. Though Lucy pays the price for her unconscionable behavior, Clement seems to condone Lucy's actions because she's caught in the grip of passion; the damage Lucy does to others is beside the point. It's true that everyone in Bob's uppity family, and in Lucy's poor white-trash clan, is ill-bred, ugly and racially bigoted. But in despising them all, Lucy herself does not become more appealing. West Coast author tour.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Small-town, Midwestern beauty queen Lucy Fooshee begins a charming, surprising romance just two weeks after her marriage to dull Bob Bybee, a farmer from the second-richest family in the county. Lucy's unself-conscious appreciation of her own good looks and good fortune in her marriage are endearing, as is her precipitous fall from grace when she falls madly for the nephew of Aunt Babe, a local restaurateur. Billy Lee, as the locals hiss with delight, is not altogether white, and this racist indignation over his mixed Native American heritage helps bring Lucy and Billy's shocking affair to a swift end. Lucy's realization that her perfect life is boring is the chief plot development, but she's a fresh, spunky heroine who lights up this first novel. Recommended for all fiction collections.Ann H. Fisher, Radford P.L., VA
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Instead of Eudora Welty's "Why I live at the P.O.," it could very well be Alison Clement's "Why I'm Leaving Palmyra. Read morePublished on May 20 2003 by ROSEMARY CUNNINGHAM
Lucy Fooshee (Foo-SHAY, from the French she reminds us) is a teen beauty queen who had followed the conventions that she took in with her momma's milk and that have been reinforced... Read morePublished on May 10 2003 by Tamara Taylor
The story is about a hoocker that falls in love with a rich guy.The genre of this book is fiction.[Isabel Hernandez]Published on Feb. 6 2003 by tturner
I really enjoyed this book and hated to see it end. I absolutely love the writers style. It is a easy read with great flow. I look forward to more books by Allison Clement. Read morePublished on May 19 2002 by Brenn 10
This is a wonderful book. A wise, observant story, heart wrenching, but funny. The main character is a young woman who, as the story begins, is an absolute narcissist. Read morePublished on April 24 2002
"Pretty is...." was pretty decent. I picked it up simply because the girl was from "Palmyra." I can honestly say... Read morePublished on April 22 2002
I highly recommend this book. It's vernacular writing creates an aura of in-your-face honesty. The flawed heroine is Lucy Fooshee, a former beauty queen from a small town in... Read morePublished on April 6 2002 by Pamela Stone
You begin in a suffocatingly hot greasy spoon and end up in a cadillac with the wind in your hair. I liked Lucy Fooshee from the start; sure she's too aware of her beauty and... Read morePublished on Feb. 12 2002