|Fatal Flowers: On Sin, Sex, and Suicide in the Deep South|
Rosemary Daniell's blockbuster story of growing up female and Southern, and winner of the 1999 Palimpsest Prize, is back in print!
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Here is what some readers have said:
"Every girl-child in the South should be handed a copy of FATAL FLOWERS at puberty. Not one else has ever explained better the ideology of the 'belle' with more grace, wit, and needle-sharp insight. In telling her story, Daniell gives strength to the rest of us." - Dorothy Allison, author of BASTARD OUT OF CAROLINA.
"There has never been a Southerner, male or female, who has written about sex with such candor and passion. There is not more honest writer in America." - Pat Conroy, author of PRINCE OF TIDES.
"A wonderful book—full of honesty and courage." - Alice Walker.
"FATAL FLOWERS will induce cardiac arrest among proper Southern ladies ...Naturally, I relish the scandal." - Rita Mae Brown.
"Daniell is one of the women by whom our age will be known in times to come." - Erica Jong.
"... one of those fine female writers unique to her region (Eudora Welty, Flannery O'Connor, Katherine Anne Porter, Alice Walker, Caroline Gordon)..." - Donald Morrison, Time Magazine.
"FATAL FLOWERS reads like the story of a latter-day Scarlett O'Hara, told by Baudelaire." - Allen Lacey, The Philadelphia Inquirer.
"There's not a dull page in it...." - David Madden, author of THE SUICIDE'S WIFE.
When FATAL FLOWERS was first published it ignited controversy—and not only in the Deep South. Today, write Rosemary from across the country to tell her how her books have changed their lives. FATAL FLOWERS is the brutally honest memoir of her coming of age amidst the contradictions and tensions of a region that, while drenced in eroticism, is punitive and repressive toward female sexuality. Her attempt to come to terms with her mother's suicide is central to her struggle in which she tells of her painful growth from passive girl to liberated woman, passing through the trying terrain of Bible Belt guilt, male supremacy, and the myth of the Southern Belle. Writing intimately and explicitly, Rosemary cast a mold for memoir writers to follow.
Chosen by the editors of Time Magazine as a "Book of the Year", this is a highly sought-after classic.
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