Waking Up in Dixie

CD - unabridged
Audio (8 discs)
Product Number: DC634
Released: Nov 22, 2010
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781400119646
Narrator/s: Laural Merlington
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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Description

When Elizabeth Mooney escaped the shame of her "white trash" family to marry the crown prince of her small town, Howell Whittington, she never dreamed that thirty years later she'd end up trapped in a loveless marriage to the cruel banker who's foreclosing on all her friends. Then Howe has a stroke sitting up in church, and when he wakes up, he's at the mercy of all his appetites and emotions. Transformed, Howe wants to be a real husband-which scares proper, repressed Elizabeth to death-and setting out to right past wrongs, he blackmails the town's baddies into doing the right thing by threatening to foreclose on their mortgages. The ensuing hilarious rollercoaster ride wakes up not only Elizabeth and their marriage but the whole town and its hidebound institutions.

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eAudio
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Author(s): Haywood Smith
Narrator(s): Laural Merlington
Product Number Z10005253
Released: Oct 05, 2010
Business Term: Purchase
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781400199648
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Author(s): Haywood Smith
Product Number EB00096402
Released: Oct 28, 2013
Business Term: 52 Circ / 730 Day
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
ISBN: #9781429941938

Professional reviews

"For a hilarious Southern novel, it's tough to improve on Haywood Smith, but Laural Merlington's narration puts the sweet in the sweet tea. When the carefully staged facades of small-town power brokers unexpectedly are stripped away, reality is hard to swallow, and time-honored patterns come into question. Although couple Elizabeth and Howe face serious medical and marital issues, Merlington's spot-on Georgia accents give them levity. She's especially winning in depicting Howe's tyrannical mother. From Howe's shocking lines to daughter Patricia's well-honed whines, Merlington portrays wide-ranging characters and emotions. Listeners will hear timeless truths about life's challenges that bring laughter and tears. J.J.B. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"

Professional reviews

"For a hilarious Southern novel, it's tough to improve on Haywood Smith, but Laural Merlington's narration puts the sweet in the sweet tea. When the carefully staged facades of small-town power brokers unexpectedly are stripped away, reality is hard to swallow, and time-honored patterns come into question. Although couple Elizabeth and Howe face serious medical and marital issues, Merlington's spot-on Georgia accents give them levity. She's especially winning in depicting Howe's tyrannical mother. From Howe's shocking lines to daughter Patricia's well-honed whines, Merlington portrays wide-ranging characters and emotions. Listeners will hear timeless truths about life's challenges that bring laughter and tears. J.J.B. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine"

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