#BuyThisBook: "The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc" by Loraine Despres

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The Scandalous Summer of Sissy LeBlanc by Loraine Despres

Recommended by me!
Perfect for me! (Thanks for sending me a fresh copy, Loraine. I loved this book when it first came out, and I shall thoroughly enjoy revisiting my homegirl Sissy.)

"Rule #59 in the Southern Belle's Handbook: It's okay for a woman to know her place. She just shouldn't stay there."

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 Pee Wee LeBlanc since she was only seventeen. In short, she's fed up, restless, and ready for an adventure. And in short, she finds one.

Loraine Despres is a screenwriter (she's behind the classic "Who Shot JR?" ep of Dallas, among other things), so not surprisingly, it's the dialogue that made me love this book. The New Orleans Times-Picayune calls it "hilariously diverting...fine and funny."


Loraine Despres said…
Thanks! THE SCANDALOUS SUMMER OF SISSY LEBLANC took three years to write so your enjoyment mean a lot to me. Here's a new quote you might like: "Writing is easy. Only writing well is hard."

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