For readers of beloved memoirs like Educated and The Glass Castle, a riveting and profoundly moving memoir set in rural Mississippi during the Civil Rights era about a white girl coming of age in a repressive society and the woman who gave her the strength to forge her own paththe black nanny who cared for her. Tena Clark was born in 1953 in a tiny Mississippi town close to ...
|Title||:||Southern Discomfort: A Memoir|
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Southern Discomfort: A Memoir Reviews
If this was submitted as a novel it would be rejected on the grounds of being too out-there to be believable. Tena’s family is one for the ages.
Take one rural Mississippi town. Mix with a bigoted, wealthy, gun-toting, skirt-chasing, controlling father. Add in a stubborn, alcoholic, drug addicted mother. Blend with a warm effusive black housekeeper who is like a "second mamma". Fold in a gay lonely child with her three older beauty pageant sisters and you get Southern Discomfort. This compelling and engrossing novel kept me captivated for hours. The author, a Grammy award winning songwriter and producer, has created a novel full of warts ...more
Would give this 3.5 for the writing if possible. A really great read though, and an incredible story. Felt like The Help meets The Glass Castle meets To Kill A Mockingbird. Would recommend to those who enjoyed the previous books listed!
While this life story is definitely Ms. Clark's unique story, she brings all the best shades of Rick Bragg and Jeannette Walls to this most excellent memoir. Highly recommend.
I'm utterly floored.
The back of the ARC - I haven't seen the finished book, so I don't know if it's the same - says this is like The Help but with more guns and alcohol, yet is even more touching. There's no better way to summarize this memoir. The prose is absolutely magnificent. I was completely sucked in to the story. Every scene is perfectly vivid and expertly depicted. I Don't usually cry when reading books, let alone memoirs, but this had me weeping. Highly, highly recommend.
I was completely fascinated with this book; actually read the last few pages while frying okra! How Southern is that? I knew of Tena as I went to school in Waynesboro for 6 months 1968/1969. I recall her playing the drums which was unique for a girl at the time. I am very happy to see she has succeeded as a world renowned musician and business professional.
Everything she writes about living in Waynesboro during that time is spot on! I recall being a newcomer to town and surprised the schools wer ...more
A memoir of an affluent white gal from Mississippi during the civil rights era. Her social activism (even from a young age) never sat well with her father let along when she shares she is gay. Interesting read of trying to stay true to yourself when society and family tell you different.