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A False Sense of Well Being (Ballantine Reader's Circle)by Jeanne Braselton
Winner of the Georgia Author of the Year Award for First Novel
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At thirty-eight, Jessie Maddox has a comfortable life in Glenville, Georgia, with the most responsible husband in the world. But after the storybook romance, "happily ever after" never came. Now Jessie is left to wonder: Why can't she stop picturing herself as the perfect grieving widow? As Jessie dives headlong into her midlife crisis, she is joined by a colorful cast of eccentrics. There's her best friend Donna, who is having a wild adulterous affair with a younger man; Wanda McNabb, the sweet-natured grandmother who is charged with killing her husband; Jessie's younger sister Ellen, who was born to be a guest on Jerry Springer; their mother, who persistently crosses the dirty words out of library books; and of course the stuffed green headless duck....
When a trip home to the small town of her childhood raises more questions than it answers, Jessie is forced to face the startling truth head-on — and confront the tragedy that has shadowed her heart and shaken her faith in love...and the future.
"This may be the best first novel I've ever read." Anne Rivers Siddons
"With characters who touch the heart and dialogue that rings true, Braselton does a masterful job of telling Jessie’s story in this warm, moving, and remarkably accomplished first novel." Booklist
"Braselton's confident first novel is [a] depiction of love on the rocks in the New South that combines small town charm with major league angst....A down-home Proustian recherché search...[An] entertaining, rueful account of an apparently 'normal' marriage." Los Angeles Times
"Simply extraordinary. [This novel] has the wit and modern comedy of Nora Ephron and the literary force of Flannery O'Connor." Kaye Gibbons, Author of Ellen Foster
"Braselton's depiction of the plight of restless women and her brilliant descriptions of sheltered suburbia and smalltown life are delivered with scathing wit." Publishers Weekly
"I thoroughly and absolutely loved this novel....A False Sense of Well-Being hits a nerve....[Braselton] has a genius for the offhand comment that cuts right to the core of life. Gutsy, moving, and memorable." Lee Smith, Author of Saving Grace
"This is regional fiction at its best." Library Journal
At 38, Jessie Maddox has a comfortable life in Glenville, Georgia, with Turner, the most reliable, responsible husband in the world. But after the storybook romance, Rhappily ever afterS never came. Now why can't she stop picturing herself as the perfect grieving widow?
About the Author
Jeanne Braselton was born and raised in Georgia. She is the adopted daughter of a poet who was designated chief of the Cherokee Nation. While working as a journalist for the Rome News Tribune, she won numerous Georgia Press Association awards. She currently lives in Rome, Georgia, with her husband. A False Sense of Well-Being is her first novel.
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