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The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc: A Novel (edition 2002)

by Loraine Despres

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Title:The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc: A Novel
Authors:Loraine Despres
Info:Harper Perennial (2002), Edition: 6th, Paperback, 342 pages
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Eh. A southern housewife has a midlife crisis and ponders a dalliance with her old high-school sweetheart. There are some nice little twists that make for a decent read, but nothing terribly special.

One thing that struck me as unusual: can anybody think of another book where the protagonist is an adult, but the main antagonist is a child? (Other than Dennis the Menace, of course... and he's not really mean-spirited enough to be a true villain). I had trouble thinking of another unsympathetic child character in a book that doesn't also have a protagonist of similar age. ( )
  BraveNewBks | Mar 10, 2016 |
More than a rip-roaring good read about a feisty Southern girl tearing up her hometown, The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc is a poignant story about innocence lost and hope regained, about the dangers of taking a risk -- and playing it safe, about wresting control of your life before someone does it for you. Shifting back and forth in time, Loraine Despres limns an utterly captivating portrait of Sissy LeBlanc's tumultuous coming of age and her struggle to break free from the loveless, stifling marriage it led her to.

Sissy's downward spiral began in the fall of 1941. Her brother's death was still a fresh, painful reality. As her mother's illness worsened, Sissy's father disappeared emotionally from his family. Her boyfriend Parker Davidson's attention wandered to girls Sissy imagined were more "mature" than her. Desperate for affection and anxious to explore her nascent sexuality, she delves into a dangerous, obsessive affair with Bourrée LeBlanc that ends in rape and pregnancy. With one of Aunt Sarah's dirty, back-alley abortions being Sissy's only alternative, she bucks up and relies on her wits to create the best life she can. Fifteen years later, Sissy is married to Peewee LeBlanc -- Bourrée's son -- and the mother of his three children. She's bored, dissatisfied and scared that her life might never change. And when Parker blows back into town, she's petrified that her life will never be the same. As the illicit couple burn up Gentry's phone lines with devoted whisperings, readers learn that in this eccentric Louisiana town, nothing -- including family lineage -- is what it seems.
  bostonwendym | Mar 3, 2016 |
Meh. ( )
  lovelypenny | Feb 4, 2016 |
This is the book I won in the Book Chat book swap. A really fun deal.
  Greymowser | Jan 23, 2016 |
A poignant and hilarious story of Sissy LeBlanc, who holds nothing back. ( )
  JerrilynnL | Dec 2, 2012 |
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It's a steamy June afternoon in Louisiana, circa 1956, and Sissy LeBlanc is sitting on her front porch, wondering -- half seriously -- if she could kill herself with aspirins and Coca-Cola. She's been living in stifling old Gentry since the day she was born and trapped in a sham of a marriage to PeeWee LeBlanc since she was only seventeen. In short, she's fed up, restless, and ready for an adventure.

Sissy just never imagined temptation would come into her life that breathless summer day as she sat smoking on her porch swing. For although she may have been fixated on the taut muscles of the lineman shimmying down the telephone pole across the street, she hadn't allowed herself to imagine that he'd be none other than her high school sweetheart, Parker Davidson, who left town fourteen years before without so much as a wave good-bye. But suddenly, here he is, leaning in for a kiss that will stir up more excitement than Sissy could ever have imagined...

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