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Cakewalk: A Novel by Rita Mae Brown
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Cakewalk: A Novel

by Rita Mae Brown

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I received this from the Library Thing Early Reviewer program with the understanding that I would review it here. I had read a number of Rita Mae Brown's other books, but not met the Runnymede series. This is an addition to that after hiatus. It follows a cast of women in a small town just after WWI. Interesting and fun to follow characters in an interesting time.
  Helenoel | Aug 18, 2017 |
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Rita Mae never disappoints. I'd not read anything previous to Cakewalk dealing with the Runnymede series, but as I always enjoy immersing myself in Rita Mae's worlds, I felt no hesitation in requesting an Early Reviewer's copy. To those who are still unfamiliar with Runymede and the Hunsenmeier sisters, Cakewalk functions well as a stand-alone book. The characters are warm and familiar, and sometimes, at the perfect moment, maybe just a little bit snarky. I think that I'll go hunt up an earlier Runnymede book and settle back into Rita Mae Brown's world that could've/should've been. ( )
  btuckertx | Mar 31, 2017 |
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I was happy to see the return of the Hunsenmeier sisters! Brown has nobly resisted her tendency, notable in her recent Sneaky Pie mysteries, to put speeches into the mouths of her characters. In this book, they have actual conversations.
  lilithcat | Mar 22, 2017 |
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I quite liked this book. First, the characters are interesting and full of personality and depth. Second, the historical details are fun and nostalgic. Third, nothing terrible happens to anyone. In a world where so many terrible things are happening, and where it seems that there must be at least one terrible, tragic twist in every book, this was refreshing. Fourth, it makes you think about love and relationships, and the place of women in the world then (the 20's) and now. Five, it's just good story telling. Fun details, great characters, romance, humor, and a little kitty too. What more could you ask for? This is another winner for Ms. Brown, and I hope she writes about these characters again. ( )
  drsyko | Jan 2, 2017 |
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Haven't read the previous Runnymede books. This is a charming standalone book that makes one want to become better acquainted with all the characters in the book. Lovely small town filled with interesting characters, all of whom are much more tolerant and loving than they would have been in reality. Will be reading the previos books about Runnymede because Rita Mae Brown s such a wonderful writer. ( )
  Knittingstix | Dec 11, 2016 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553392654, Hardcover)

Continuing in the exuberant tradition of Six of One, Bingo, and Loose Lips, New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brown returns to her much-loved fictional hamlet of Runnymede, whose memorable citizens are welcoming both the end of the Great War and the beginning of a new era.
 
The night a riot breaks out at the Capitol Theater movie house—during a Mary Pickford picture, no less—you can bet that the Hunsenmeir sisters, Louise and Julia, are nearby. Known locally as Wheezie and Juts, the inimitable, irrepressible, distinctly freethinking sisters and their delightful circle of friends are coming of age in a shifting world—and are determined to understand their place in it. Across town, the well-to-do Chalfonte siblings are preparing for the upcoming wedding of brother Curtis. But for youngest sister Celeste, the celebration brings about a change she never expected and a lesson about love she’ll not soon forget.
 
Set against the backdrop of America emerging from World War I, Cakewalk is an outrageous and affecting novel about a small town where ideas of sin and virtue, love and sex, men and women, politics and religion, can be as divided as the Mason-Dixon Line that runs right through it—and where there’s no problem that can’t be cured by a good yarn and an even better scotch. With her signature Southern voice, Rita Mae Brown deftly weaves generations of family stories into a spirited patchwork quilt of not-so-simple but joyously rich life.
 
Praise for Rita Mae Brown’s Runnymede novels
 
Six of One
 
“Joyous, passionate and funny.”The Washington Post Book World
 
“No matter how quirky or devilish, Brown’s people cavort in an atmosphere of tenderness. . . . It is refreshing to encounter this celebration of human energy.”Chicago Sun-Times
 
Bingo
 
“Genuinely funny.”—Los Angeles Times
 
“Vividly drawn characters . . . and tart, loving humor.”—Self
 
Loose Lips
 
“Surprises . . . come from Rita Mae Brown’s comic timing and her affection for eccentrics.”—The Seattle Times
 
“[Brown] does an admirable job of portraying the effects World War II has on one small American town.”—The Arizona Republic

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"Set against the backdrop of America emerging from World War I, Cakewalk provides an entertaining look at a small town straddling the Mason Dixon line, where the townsfolk remain split between good and bad, or love and sex, or male and female, or politics and sobriety, and the inimitable, irrepressible, distinctly free-thinking Hunsenmier sisters, Louise and Julia--otherwise known as Wheezie and Jutz--and their wide circle of equally indelible friends. An outrageous, affecting, and surprising story of passion, rivalry, and small town antics only Rita Mae Brown could create"--… (more)

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