Delta Wedding Paperback – Jan 12 2001
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I loved this book... If you haven't picked up Romeo, Romeo, Too Hot to Handle and Breakfast in Bed what are you waiting for?! (Randi Randi Romance Reader 20091012)
Readers will be absolutely delighted with the witty dialogue and klutzy scenes that are fast-paced and laugh out loud funny. Reviewer Top Pick! (Priscilla Night Owl Romance 20091012)
With snappy dialogue, complex characters and an intricate web of relationships, Kaye has created an extended family that's both honest and enjoyable. 4/5 Stars! (Whitney Kate Sullivan The Romantic Times 20091021)
A fun and sexy romp from beginning to end... The chemistry leaps off the page. (Affaire de Coeur 20091026)
The characters were vivid and fun, and the banter was playful and witty. (Ashley Lee Bellas Novella 20091109)
The story's fast pace, the exciting twists and turns, kept my eyes glued to the pages. (Angela Arno Romance Reader at Heart 20091130)
A cute, fun read. (Katie Mack All About Romance 20091130)
Ms. Kaye's humor shines from the start... another fascinating look at the Ronaldi family and their friends that provided me with hours of enjoyment. (The Long and Short of It 20091218)
Sweet, kind, funny and sexy-as-hell. (Holly The Book Binge 20091223)
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From the Back Cover
"The nickname of the train was the Yellow Dog. Its real name was the Yazoo-Delta. It was a mixed train. The day was the 10th of September, 1923-afternoon. Laura McRaven, who was nine years old, was on her first journey alone."
So begins Delta Wedding, Eudora Welty's portrait of a large and clamorous Southern family living on their plantation in the Mississippi Delta, and into whose midst Laura McRaven, whose mother has just died, is thrust. When Laura arrives, the Fairchilds are preparing for the marriage of Dabney, not the oldest but the prettiest of the Fairchild girls. Drama leads to drama, revelation to revelation. The result is a sometimes riotous portrait of a Southern family and the motherless child who learns to become one of them. Eudora Welty's first novel remains an American classic.
"By all odds the best thing [Eudora Welty] has written."
"Presents the essence of the Deep South and does it with infinite finesse."
--The Christian Science Monitor
"The portrait she gives us . . . is nothing short of wonderful, and the way she gets hold the particular quality of Southern speech, with its nuances, obliquities, and special kind of humor, is a minor triumph."--The New Yorker
Eudora Welty (1909-2001) was born in Jackson, Mississippi. She worked as a photographer during the Depression and published her first book, a collection of short stories, in 1941. In addition to short fiction, Welty wrote novels, novellas, essays, and reviews, and was the winner of both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. By the time of her death in 2001, Welty had established herself as one of the most important and beloved American writers of the twentieth century.
Top Customer Reviews
However, a few days ago, I decided to try again and this time I opened up the book-and kept reading. The story draws you in slowly, until you feel you are present in shellmound, sitting in the settee in the corner watching this all take place. The setting description was vividly realistic, the characters believable. The characters ARE the plot line: the novel unfolds through the eyes of both outsiders (ellen and laura) and also through the eyes of the fairchilds themselves [in the forms of shelley and dabney].
This thought provoking narrative of a large and intricately woven Southern family is brought to life through the evocative words of eudora welty, and stays in the heart long after the last page is turned.
The plot, such as it is, is simple: the extended Fairchild family reunites for a wedding, and everyone brings their dreams, memories, grudges, and intrigues. As with any "typical" family reunion, there is a pervasive threat of scandal that never quite pans out, and several petty incidents get blown out of proportion by the affected characters. The sheer number of kinfolk can be overwhelming at times, but they are clearly delineated (although it must be said that the black servants rarely transcend stereotype, which is undoubtedly an accurate portrayal of how a rich Southern family would have viewed the help). Welty's drawling humor gives the narrative much warmth and vitality; her ability to switch perspective seamlessly from one character to the next is truly without equal.
All in all, Welty writes beautifully of familial relations and social manners; she can truly be considered the Jane Austen of the South.
When I first started to read, my professor suggested compiling a list of characters and their relationships in order to assist in keeping everyone straight. This was excellent advice and allowed me to read without getting too bogged down in character names and trying to figure out who was allied with whom, etc etc.
The novel is ostensibly a portrait of one Southern family. On a broader perspective, one can view it as a deconstruction of the American South with its age-old social structures and isolationism. But it can also be taken on a much more universal level. Anyone who has ever felt like an outsider in any milieu will relate to Ellen Fairchild, Laura McEvern, and Robbie Reid. Families across the world aren't so different. Robbie's statement in the novel's climax: "I didn't marry into them, I married George!" is, I thought, particularly insightful.
I honestly can't praise this book enough. It has inspired me to want to read more of Welty's work as well as other great Southern writers. An excellent introduction...
In some ways, perhaps in structure and narrative tone, it reminded me of Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway.
Again, this is one of the greatest books I have ever read!
Most recent customer reviews
I must admit I have not yet finished Delta Wedding. If I do, it will be by sheer force of will. It is a laborious read. Read morePublished on April 24 2003
Eudora Welty scored big-time with this dreamy, humid, dense (HUGE cast of characters), meandering but otherwise very simple story of a young girl, a cousin, whose mother has... Read morePublished on April 20 2003 by Peggy Vincent
This novel was the hardest I have ever read. It was not due to content, but due to the writing itself. Read morePublished on Nov. 13 2002
Unlike the reader from Ohio, I loved Delta Wedding. It was my first introduction to Eudora Welty. I found her prose beautiful and loved the characters. Read morePublished on Feb. 10 2002 by Nancy J. Miller
This is the first I've ever read of Eudora Welty, and I found the book to meander aimlessly and end inconclusively. Read morePublished on May 17 2001
As a lifelong Southern girl, I find that there are three authors who can fully unveil the truth about the south: Shelby Foote, William Faulkner, and Miss Eudora Welty. Read morePublished on June 26 2000
This book is deep, deep without being ponderous or erudite. It is deep like life, like an ordinary day, filled with significant events and events whose significance has yet to be... Read morePublished on March 7 1999