Sandra Dallas - Unusual story lines

by HRevvdon@evpl on Monday, December 15 2008, 8:13am. Viewed 1,299 times.

I am a big reader of southern regional novels, but I stumbled on a Sandra Dallas book called The Persian Pickle Club a couple of years ago and I have read most of Ms. Dallas' books since then.  Recently I finished New Mercies and really loved it.  Most of the books are set in Denver, or there abouts, and are from the 1920's or 1930's.  This book is partly in Denver and partly in Natchez.  So it fit the bill for me!

The lead character in New Mercies is slowly recovering from a divorce and the social stigma associated with divorce at that time.  She inherits an old plantation house that has gone to ruin, and she travels to Natchez to discover a world completely different from her own and loaded with characters (maybe caricactures would be a better description).  It is a fun read and very enjoyable.

Next on my list of Sandra Dallas' books is Tallgrass, I am looking forward to reading it.

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kiya@evpl wrote
on Saturday, January 3 2009, 11:26am

I know that after our book group read "Tallgrass," several of the book group members read every other book EVPL owns by this author!

kiya@evpl wrote
on Sunday, January 4 2009, 4:26pm

One of the fun things about the Dallas books that our book group discovered is a tiny bit of overlap amongst the novels. Nothing major: perhaps a minor character from one book will be seen passing through town in another book. Or a reader with a good memory may figure out that the protagonist in one book is the great-aunt of a character in a different book.  Dallas doesn't draw attention to these - they are just little treasures left for an attentive reader to discover.