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Nora, Nora by Anne Rivers Siddons
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Nora, Nora (2000)

by Anne Rivers Siddons

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Siddons writes wonderful tales of the South...This story starts in Lyton,Georgia. The year is 1961 and the civil rights movement has yet to reach the little town not far from Atlanta.They still have "colored" and "white" drinking fountains and Brown vs Education is ignored..Peyton a twelve year old girl lives with her widowed father. Something is missing from their lives then along comes Cousin Nora..stirring up the small town.... Is a very good book to read. I enjoyed it ( )
  KimSalyers | Oct 6, 2016 |
Siddons writes wonderful tales of the South...This story starts in Lyton,Georgia. The year is 1961 and the civil rights movement has yet to reach the little town not far from Atlanta.They still have "colored" and "white" drinking fountains and Brown vs Education is ignored..Peyton a twelve year old girl lives with her widowed father. Something is missing from their lives then along comes Cousin Nora..stirring up the small town.... Is a very good book to read. I enjoyed it ( )
  KimSalyers | Oct 2, 2016 |
After a very slow start and an annoying, negative child the book finally starts going about 150 pages in. If you can stay the course it's not a bad book.
I think the whole book boils down to if you expect too much of others you will always be disappointed. ( )
  GeneHunter | Mar 13, 2016 |
coming of age novel, good ( )
  nancynova | Sep 12, 2015 |
When twelve-year-old Peyton's mother and older brother die, she and her father are trapped in their grief. Then along comes Peyton's mother's cousin, Nora for a visit that changes Peyton's life forever. I liked this story and give it an A+! ( )
  moonshineandrosefire | Feb 6, 2012 |
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The young heroine of Nora, Nora comes from a long line of angst-ridden adolescents, stretching back through Holden Caulfield and Frankie Addams to Huckleberry Finn. Yet Peyton McKenzie certainly has good reason to be unhappy. Her household, in the small Georgia town of Lytton, is shadowed by the deaths of her mother and older brother. Her father, meanwhile, has withdrawn into mournful distraction: "When Buddy died in an accident in his air-force trainer, when Peyton was five, Frazier McKenzie closed up shop on his laughter, anger, small foolishnesses, and large passions. Now, at twelve, Peyton could remember no other father than the cooled and static one she had."

To withstand this mortuary atmosphere--not to mention a touch of small-town claustrophobia--Peyton has founded the Losers Club, where she and two other misfits share their daily doses of unhappiness. But everything changes when her cousin Nora shows up for a visit. This jaunty outsider is unlike anybody else in Kennedy-era Lytton, circa 1961:

The first thing you noticed about Nora Findlay, Peyton thought, was that she gave off heat, a kind of sheen, like a wild animal, except that hers was not a dangerous ferality, but an aura of sleekness and high spirits. There was a padding, hip-shot prowl to her walk, and she moved her body as if she were totally unconscious of it, as if its suppleness and sinew were something she had lived with all her life.
At first Nora's high spirits have a tonic effect, jogging both Peyton and her father out of their torpor. But her involvement in racial politics eventually rubs some of Lytton's citizens the wrong way--and puts her young cousin's loyalty to the test. Anne Rivers Siddons handles the narrative with a deft touch for local color (right down to the perpetual "three Coca-Colas in an old red metal ice chest"). But her feeling for her cast of characters is even better, mixing just the right proportions of delicacy and Southern discomfort. --Anita Urquhart

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When Peyton's older cousin Nora comes to the small town of Lytton, Georgia, things begin to change.

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