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Looking for Atlanta

Staats, Marilyn Dorn

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ISBN 10: 0820314706 / ISBN 13: 9780820314709
Published by University of Georgia Press, Athens, Ga., 1992
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Looking for Atlanta

Publisher: University of Georgia Press, Athens, Ga.

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Inscibed By Author on Title Page

Edition: First Edition.

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Former debutante Margaret Hunter Bridges finds the social skills and personal values she has so carefully cultivated throughout her life becoming increasingly irrelevant in the face of her husband's infidelity and her daughter's accidental death.

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A quasi-comic debut novel about an aging Atlantan debutante- -or, as she and the girls who grew up a generation ago in the city's ``right'' white neighborhood were called, a ``Buckhead Pink.'' This one's named Margaret Hunter Bridges, and things are not going well. A thin, young medical technologist has stolen her husband of 23 years, and he's a divorce lawyer who's giving her a raw deal: Abandoned at 41, Margaret can't think straight enough to keep from signing the separation papers without reading them, and simply can't contemplate getting a job--the Buckhead Garden Club's all she knows. Also, her daughter recently died while swinging from a vine in the woods, while her son, Jimmy, has shaved half his head and put a safety pin through his ear. She's got an old friend with terminal cancer, a lot of guilt, and a predilection for Muddy Waters--milk and rum on the rocks. So Margaret climbs on the roof to chat with Harold, the black gardener who's been with her for years. There, she writes in her journal and contemplates the city skyline, beneath which a serial murderer is currently killing Atlanta's black children. In her very thick fog, she takes on responsibility for that as well, since she admits to herself that she never questioned the racism around her. And so, before at last coming down, she says, ``Oh, Harold Booker Washington! All my life I've meant to tell you I am just extremely...extremely...sorry.'' Tonally schizophrenic. Nora Ephron still has this territory covered. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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