Book Club: The Education of Dixie Dupree

A blog reader mentioned a book to me by the author Donna Everhart.  I had already read the book.  I decided to give another of her books a try.  I picked The Education of Dixie Dupree and was wondering if any of you would like to read it along with me.


I am going to warn that this book does deal with a rape and anyone sensitive to that, may want to avoid the book.

My plan is that you could get a copy and read…we can meet up together on August 1st and you can all share what you think of the book.

Here is what Amazon had to say:
In 1969, Dixie Dupree is eleven years old and already an expert liar. Sometimes the lies are for her mama, Evie’s sake—to explain away a bruise brought on by her quick-as-lightning temper. And sometimes the lies are to spite Evie, who longs to leave her unhappy marriage in Perry County, Alabama, and return to her beloved New Hampshire. But for Dixie and her brother, Alabama is home, a place of pine-scented breezes and hot, languid afternoons.

Though Dixie is learning that the family she once believed was happy has deep fractures, even her vivid imagination couldn’t concoct the events about to unfold. Dixie records everything in her diary—her parents’ fights, her father’s drinking and his unexplained departure, and the arrival of Uncle Ray. Only when Dixie desperately needs help and is met with disbelief does she realize how much damage her past lies have done. But she has courage and a spirit that may yet prevail, forcing secrets into the open and allowing her to forgive and become whole again.

Narrated by her young heroine in a voice as sure and resonant as The Secret Life of Bees’ Lily or Bastard Out of Carolina’s Bone, Donna Everhart’s remarkable debut is a story about mothers and daughters, the guilt and pain that pass between generations, and the truths that are impossible to hide, especially from ourselves.”

Amazon readers gave the book 4.3 stars.

If you are interested, you can find the book HERE.

Remember, we’ll all meet back here on August 1st to review the book.

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