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The School of Beauty and Charm: A Novel

Sumner, Melanie

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ISBN 10: 0743446445 / ISBN 13: 9780743446440
Published by Washington Square Press
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Title: The School of Beauty and Charm: A Novel

Publisher: Washington Square Press

Binding: PAPERBACK

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In a daring novel that deftly fuses wild, satiric humor and deeply felt pain, Melanie Sumner tells the story of the Pepperses of Counterpoint, Georgia -- a family that never raises their voices or honks a horn and "avoids discussing sex, politics, and religion, favoring the topic of the weather, which averages seventy-five degrees in Counterpoint year-round." Henry, a stoic businessman, vies for rule of the house with his flamboyant wife, Florida, a pertinacious Baptist and aspiring artist. Together, their clear mission is to protect and guide their children-asthmatic, hormonal Roderick and hell-bent Louise-and keep them well dressed. So when Louise flees the Maude Wilson College for Women to join the Arthur Reese Traveling Show, Henry and Florida will do anything to win her back.

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Melanie Sumner is the author of Polite Society, a collection of stories. She won a Whiting Award in 1995 and was a regional winner in Granta's Best Young American Novelists competition. She lives in Georgia.

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