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Quite a Year for Plums: A Novel (1998)

by Bailey White

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An odd collection of odd people without any cohesive story line. Taken individually, the people were interesting. There was Della, painter of birds who captures Roger's interest with the notes she leaves on things she throws away at the Dumpster. Roger, a serious peanut pathologist who inexplicably seems to be the love interest of half the women in town. Louise, Roger's ex-mother-in-law who takes up with a typographer in an attempt to attract outer-space travelers through letters and numbers. But there was no story. You enter chapters into the middle of conversations which are going nowhere. All in all, I was glad to say goodbye to this group. ( )
  punxsygal | Apr 13, 2014 |
this was alright, but i never really got into it. made me wish i knew more about birds and nature, though. ( )
  elisa.saphier | Apr 2, 2013 |
Really could not get into this. ( )
  pgbirdlet | Apr 13, 2012 |
I nearly gave up on this book but I am so glad I didn't. You have to be in the right mood for its quirky, back woodsy-ness. It took 50 pages to hook me into it, but after that every page was treasured for the sheer joy of its wonderful off-beat characters. This is a book that leaves you feeling good about the world. ( )
1 vote janglen | Dec 17, 2010 |
Odd, eccentric characters but extremely enjoyable! ( )
  BrendaS.Adams | Jan 16, 2010 |
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For Albert, with much gratitude, admiration, and affection.
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The spring edition of Agrisearch came out with a picture on the front page of Roger standing in the middle of a field holding a peanut plant in each hand.
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Anyone who has read the best-selling Mama Makes Up Her Mind or listened to Bailey White's commentaries on NPR knows that she is a storyteller of inimitable wit and charm. Now, in her stunningly accomplished first novel, she introduces us to the peculiar yet lovable people who inhabit a small town in south Georgia. Meet serious, studious Roger, the peanut pathologist and unlikely love object of half the town's women. Meet Roger's ex-mother-in-law, Louise, who teams up with an ardent typographer in an attempt to attract outer-space invaders with specific combinations of letters and numbers. And meet Della, the bird artist who captivates Roger with the sensible but enigmatic notes she leaves on things she throws away at the Dumpster ("The fan works, but makes a clicking sound and will not oscillate"). Heartbreakingly tender, often hilarious, Quite a Year for Plums is a delectable treat from a writer who has been called a national treasure.
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Bailey White's dry, low-key drawl is a familiar (and welcome) sound to millions of National Public Radio regulars. On the radio, her intimate vignettes of small-town life are loosely held together by their subjects, who are themselves tightly held together by love, family, and idiosyncrasy. This episodic mode suits her just as well as a novelist. In this audio version of Quite a Year for Plums--which, aside from the occasional bit of atmospheric banjo music, features none but the author's voice--even the temporary denizens of her fictional southern Georgia town have their oddities. A bird artist is obsessed by a vanishing breed of chickens. Another character dreams obsessively of typography. The permanent townsfolk include a woman who believes in little spacemen, a pair of bookish retired schoolteachers, and plant pathologist and banjo picker Roger Meadows, whose peers would like nothing better than to see him settle down with the right woman. The author has an eye--and, of course, ear--for the telling detail and the decisive, domestic moment, and listeners will no doubt enjoy her adept storytelling skills. (Running time: five and one-half hours, four cassettes)

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A novel on a small town in Georgia. The protagonists are a peanut virologist who is fending off insects which threaten the town's livelihood and a woman painter of chickens with whom he has a romance. A third character campaigns to save vanishing typefaces.… (more)

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