The School of Beauty and Charm

A Novel
CD - unabridged
Audio (9 discs)
Product Number: CV024
Released: Jan 10, 2005
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781419320781
Narrator/s: Julia Gibson
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Winner of a Whiting Award, author Melanie Sumner captivates listeners with her darkly humorous tale about the Peppers family. After the accidental death of her older brother, teenager Louise can't get her life back on track. When she runs away to seek comfort from circus performers, and in alcohol and sex, her parents fight to bring her home. Will their love, however suffocating and complicated, be enough to bring Louise to her senses? "Sumner brings a twist to this noteworthy fiction debut that is both disturbing and comic."-Library Journal


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The School of Beauty and Charm
Product Number: BX00008186
Product Number:Z00896
Product Number:CV024

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Author(s): Melanie Sumner
Narrator(s): Julia Gibson
Product Number Z00896
Released: Mar 28, 2011
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ISBN: #9781449890315
Author(s): Melanie Sumner
Product Number EB00009122
Released: Sep 28, 2001
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Publisher: Workman Publishing
ISBN: #9781616202316

Professional reviews

"Louise Peppers grows up in Counterpoint, Georgia, a town of DAR ladies and social climbers obsessed with position and respectability. After her brother's accidental death, Louise begins a guilt-induced descent into the dark side. She runs away with a carnival, engages in indiscriminate sex, survives a disastrous marriage to the Human Dragon, and sinks into alcoholism. Julia Gibson narrates this tale of a Southern belle out of control with a perky pluck. Gibson does well with the quirky assortment of characters, keeping them lively and likable. However, Louise herself lacks substance, and, despite its best intentions and Gibson's fine reading, the book disappoints. Nevertheless, Melanie Sumner's self-deprecating comedic tone is certain to appeal to older teens and young adults. S.J.H. (c) AudioFile 2005, Portland, Maine"

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