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The Three Miss Margaretsby Louise Shaffer
Synopses & Reviews
Miss Peggy, Dr. Maggie, and Miss Li'l Bit, friends and confidantes for nearly a lifetime, find it funny and bewildering that they have become icons in Charles Valley, Georgia. Little does the rest of the town know that beneath the irreproachable façades of its three doyennes lies an explosive decades-old secret that is about to be revealed.
Thirty-odd years ago the three Miss Margarets did something extraordinary, clandestine, and very illegal. Although their lives are haunted by the night that changed their lives, they believe that their crime was simply a matter of righting an egregious wrong. But when a stranger's arrival in town and a tragic death open the floodgate of memory, their loyalty, friendship, and honor are tested in ways they could never have imagined.
"[A] winning debut....
"Shaffer unravels this tale with skill, building enough sense of foreboding to be enticing as she reveals the backgrounds of the major characters...and brings it all to a satisfying conclusion. This has likely appeal to book groups." Booklist
"Rich, funny....Fans of Fannie Flagg and Adriana Trigiani, take note. Shaffer has created a little piece of heaven." The Philadelphia Inquirer
"First fiction endangered by a life-threatening case of exposition." Kirkus Reviews
"A romp of a read — warm but never smarmy, wise without pretense of profundity. Shaffer tells a good story that's part mystery but mostly an exploration of loyalty and friendship." St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"The Miss Margarets are treasures....Shaffer unfolds the story deftly....Each of the three Miss Margarets is a wonderfully realized character; each has a closely guarded secret life." The Boston Globe
"Shaffer has a knack for building complex characters with clever, cutting lines....[The] fractured [storytelling], combined with the melodrama of the plot...prevents the book from being as good as it might have been in Shaffer's entertaining hands." Book Magazine
"Louise Shaffer is a magnificent storyteller. She weaves a tale so rich and compelling, you will be unable to put it down. A triumph!" Adriana Trigiani, author of the Big Stone Gap trilogy
"What a pleasure it is to hear the voice of Louise Shaffer, and all the wonderful characters she brings to life in The Three Miss Margarets. An entire world is splendidly evoked, a gripping mystery heightens the tension, and always we are guided along with great skill by the fresh, funny voice of the author. I loved this book." Mark Childress, author of Crazy in Alabama
"Shaffer's neatly crafted tale is relatively short, but each of the major characters gets her due, and the final scene brings the whole to a satisfying close." Nancy Pate, Orlando Sentinel
Little does the town of Charles Valley, Georgia, know that beneath the irreproachable facades of its three most famous doyennes lies an explosive decades-old secret that is about to be revealed.
About the Author
Louise Shaffer, a graduate of Yale Drama School, has written for television and has appeared on Broadway, in TV movies, and in daytime dramas, earning an Emmy for her work on Ryan's Hope. Shaffer and her husband live in the Lower Hudson Valley.
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