Synopses & Reviews
Anyone who has read the best-selling Mama Makes Up Her Mind or listened to Bailey White's inimitable commentaries on NPR knows that she is nothing less than a national treasure. Now, in her delectable first novel, she introduces us to the peculiar yet enormously lovable people who inhabit a sleepy small town in southern Georgia. Meet serious, studious Roger, the peanut virologist who is trying to fend off the nasty little insects that threaten the town's livelihood but who has just lost his heart to a larger invader from the outside -- in the person of Della, a painter of chickens he meets at the town dump who leaves notes on the things she is throwing away ("This fan works, but makes a clicking sound and will not oscillate"). And there's Louise, who is trying to summon Martian invaders by making special arrangements of letters with the man next door who is trying to save the world's vanishing typefaces.
Tender but droll, completely hilarious, and utterly original, Quite a Year for Plums is sure to delight Bailey White's millions of fans. It will make you grin so hard your ears will hurt.
Anyone who has read the best-selling Mama Makes Up Her Mind or listened to Bailey White's commentaries on NPR knows that she is a storyteller of inimitable wit and charm. Now, in her stunningly accomplished first novel, she introduces us to the peculiar yet lovable people who inhabit a small town in south Georgia. Meet serious, studious Roger, the peanut pathologist and unlikely love object of half the town's women. Meet Roger's ex-mother-in-law, Louise, who teams up with an ardent typographer in an attempt to attract outer-space invaders with specific combinations of letters and numbers. And meet Della, the bird artist who captivates Roger with the sensible but enigmatic notes she leaves on things she throws away at the Dumpster ("This fan works, but it makes a clicking sound and will not oscillate").
Heartbreakingly tender, often hilarious, Quite a Year for Plums is a delectable treat from a writer who has been called a national treasure.
About the Author
Bailey White lives in south Georgia. She is the author of the national best-sellers Mama Makes Up Her Mind and Sleeping at the Starlite Motel. She is also a regular commentator on National Public Radio's All Things Considered.