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A False Sense of Well Being (Ballantine Reader's Circle)

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Awards

Winner of the Georgia Author of the Year Award for First Novel

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"This may be the best first novel I've ever read." Anne Rivers Siddons

Review:

"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

Review:

"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

Review:

"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

Review:

"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

Review:

"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

Review:

"This is regional fiction at its best." Library Journal

Synopsis:

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?

Synopsis:

WINNER OF THE GEORGIA AUTHOR OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR FIRST NOVEL

“Braseltons 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 OConnor.”

–KAYE GIBBONS

Author of Ellen Foster

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 cant 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. Theres 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; Jessies 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.

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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Madam Pince, July 12, 2008 (view all comments by Madam Pince)
A better title would be "A False Advertisement of Comedy." Although the dust cover described this as darkly funny, I found almost nothing about it laugh-provoking. It was just another tiresome woman searching for meaning in her life after suffering several setbacks, following a predictable path to the typical results. I don't feel like I lost brain cells to this book, but I didn't gain any either.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780345443120
Author:
Braselton, Jeanne
Publisher:
Ballantine Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Georgia
Subject:
Married women
Subject:
Bankers
Subject:
Alabama
Subject:
Childlessness
Subject:
Women psychiatrists
Subject:
Maddox, Jessie
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Humorous
Edition Number:
1st trade pbk. ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Ballantine Reader's Circle
Series Volume:
microcopy no. 594
Publication Date:
20021031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
8.36x5.50x.85 in. .68 lbs.

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Product details 400 pages Ballantine Books - English 9780345443120 Reviews:
"Review" by , "This may be the best first novel I've ever read."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "Simply extraordinary. [This novel] has the wit and modern comedy of Nora Ephron and the literary force of Flannery O'Connor."
"Review" by , "Braselton's depiction of the plight of restless women and her brilliant descriptions of sheltered suburbia and smalltown life are delivered with scathing wit."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "This is regional fiction at its best."
"Synopsis" by , 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?
"Synopsis" by , WINNER OF THE GEORGIA AUTHOR OF THE YEAR AWARD FOR FIRST NOVEL

“Braseltons 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 OConnor.”

–KAYE GIBBONS

Author of Ellen Foster

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 cant 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. Theres 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; Jessies 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.

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