Friday, April 3, 2015

"Under Magnolia"

A lyrical and evocative memoir from Frances Mayes, the Bard of Tuscany, about coming of age in the Deep South and the region’s powerful influence on her life.

The author of three beloved books about her life in Italy, including Under the Tuscan Sun and Every Day in Tuscany, Frances Mayes revisits the turning points that defined her early years in Fitzgerald, Georgia. With her signature style and grace, Mayes explores the power of landscape, the idea of home, and the lasting force of a chaotic and loving family. 

From her years as a spirited, secretive child, through her university studies—a period of exquisite freedom that imbued her with a profound appreciation of friendship and a love of travel—to her escape to a new life in California, Mayes exuberantly recreates the intense relationships of her past, recounting the bitter and sweet stories of her complicated family: her beautiful yet fragile mother, Frankye; her unpredictable father, Garbert; Daddy Jack, whose life Garbert saved; grandmother Mother Mayes; and the family maid, Frances’s confidant Willie Bell.

Under Magnolia is a searingly honest, humorous, and moving ode to family and place, and a thoughtful meditation on the ways they define us, or cause us to define ourselves. With acute sensory language, Mayes relishes the sweetness of the South, the smells and tastes at her family table, the fragrance of her hometown trees, and writes an unforgettable story of a girl whose perspicacity and dawning self-knowledge lead her out of the South and into the rest of the world, and then to a profound return home.

About The Author

In addition to her bestselling Tuscany memoirs, "Under the Tuscan Sun" "Bella Tuscany" and "Every Day in Tuscany, FRANCES MAYES is the author of the travel memoir "A Year in the World; The Tuscan Sun Cookbook" illustrated books "In Tuscany" and "Bringing Tuscany Home" (with Edward Mayes); a novel, "Swan"; a text for readers, "The Discovery of Poetry"; and five books of poetry. Her books have been translated into more than fifty languages. She divides her time between Italy and North Carolina.

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I just couldn't get into this book. I was lost in most of what I read, so decided not to finish the book. I'm sure it you are a fan of Frances Mayes you will probably like the book, however sadly this book was not for me.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.

I did not receive any type of compensation for reading and reviewing this book. While I receive free books from publishers and authors I am under no obligation to write a positive review.

1 comment:

  1. Gigi Ann, thank you for sharing your honest thoughts about this book. It obviously wasn't your cup of tea. I've heard of some of her other books, but haven't read any of them.