The Peach Keeper: A Novel Paperback – Jan 10 2012
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“Secrets are ready to be uncovered. . . . Allen masterfully weaves a Southern world of believable characters and keeps readers flipping pages with this dreamy one-nighter.”—Southern Literary Review
“[Sarah Addison Allen] juggles small-town history and mystical thriller, character development and eerie magical realism in a fine Southern gothic drama.”—Publishers Weekly
“In this delectable, read-in-one-sitting treasure, Allen once again demonstrates her astonishing ability to believably blur the lines between the magical and the mundane.”—Booklist
“Peppered with Allen’s trademark Southern charm . . . a must-read for fans of Alice Hoffman.”—Library Journal
“Immensely readable . . . pulses with sensual details.”—The Denver Post
About the Author
Sarah Addison Allen is the author of The Girl Who Chased the Moon, Garden Spells, and The Sugar Queen. She was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina.
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So you can guess what her fourth novel, "The Peach Keeper," is absolutely soaked with. It's a lush, summery little novel that spins together buried secrets, ghosts, magical realism, romance, and a decades-old mystery. But at heart, it's the story of two young women's struggle to find their place in the world.
The Blue Ridge Madam -- a mansion in the North Carolina town of Walls of Water -- once belonged to Willa Jackson's family, but they lost it when her grandmother was still a young girl. All her life, she has been haunted by this. Now the derelict mansion is being transformed into a high-class country inn by Willa's old classmate, Paxton. Paxton is slowly crumbling under the weight of tradition and family expectations -- as well as her love for her possibly-gay friend Sebastien.
Then Willa and Paxton's brother Colin find a skull buried near the house -- and it turns out to be Tucker Devlin, a devilishly charming salesman who had magical powers and claimed to have peach juice in his veins. Willa begins to unwind the past to find out what happened to Tucker, and discovers some shocking connections to her family past...
When you summarize it, "The Peach Keeper" sounds like a magical-realism murder mystery, or maybe a lightweight ghost story. However, it's not really either -- there ARE ghosts, and there IS a mystery of sorts. But Allen is much more interested in the closeted skeletons of Walls of Water, and in the troubled young woman who need to find their own place in the world.Read more ›
"She stood there for a moment, stunned. Just as she was
about to turn, she caught a whiff of something sweet. She
inhaled deeply, instinctively wanting to savor it, but then she
nearly choked when it landed on her tongue with a bitter taste...
That, her grandmother had described to her once after
making a particularly bad lemon cream pie, was exactly what
regret tasted like."
I love how the magical elements in Allen's writing are always subtle and just enough to bring a little lightness to her stories but not enough to be overpowering. That being said I do think that in The Peach Keeper there was room for a little more development of the magical elements. Ie. further explanation about the peaches, and the scents of regret etc. I found there to be a lot less magical realism present in this book than in The Girl Who Chased the Moon, and that was one aspect of Allen's writing style that I fell in love with.
I really enjoyed the characters in this book as well as their relationships. I found the relationship that Willa and Paxton each had with their grandmothers to be so interesting and I loved how their own relationship grew as a result. I appreciated the theme of female solidarity and was happy that this idea of leaning on your friends wasn't overdone in a nauseating "girl power" kind of way.Read more ›
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great book, read it in the past and then had to buy it! daughter loves it too.Published 2 months ago by brenda
Was interesting to see the back story in this novel as interesting as the main story....Sarah's description put you right there in the moment. Read morePublished on Dec 14 2013 by Cathy Smith
Beautiful story demonstrating the bonds of friendship and love
Interesting archetypes and the relation between the couples
All of Addison's novels are worth the read..
An absolutely engaging read, Sarah Addison Allen combines lyrical writing, intrigue, and lush stories in this beautiful narrative about solidarity.Published on Nov. 19 2012 by E. Lyle