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The Resource The night the lights went out, Karen White

The night the lights went out, Karen White

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The night the lights went out
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The night the lights went out
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Karen White
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eng
Summary
"After a newly divorced mother of two moves to an affluent Atlanta suburb with her children, she becomes involved in the secrets and scandals lurking behind the façades of the seemingly perfect families who live there ... secrets that someone would kill to keep hidden"--
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  • Merilee Talbot Dunlap is starting over on the other side of Sweet Apple, Georgia, with her two kids and a rented cottage, while her ex-husband sets up house with his newly pregnant girlfriend. Sugar Prescott is 93 years old and does not suffer the modern fools around her, but she feels drawn to her new tenant despite herself. As Merilee navigates the new world of private-school committees and her daughter’s sudden interest in cheerleading, an anonymous blogger seems to trail her every move. Meanwhile, Sugar reveals pieces of the past that led to her family first acquiring, then selling off the land that the gated communities and Pilates studios of Sweet Apple sit on. But Merilee’s problems go deeper than those of the recently divorced, and soon her past catches up to her in a climax that is over-the-top but will nonetheless leave the reader cheering. Part Liane Moriarty (for the gentle skewering of wealthy suburbia), part Kate Morton (for the connections between secrets of the present and the past), and part Mary Kay Andrews (charming and very Southern), White’s latest should find a wide readership. -- Maguire, Susan (Reviewed 4/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 113, number 15, p28)
  • Newly divorced Merilee Dunlap and her children move to an Atlanta suburb to find a new school district after her husband has an affair with their teacher. In this small enclave, she finds both older residents who remember what the town used to be like, and newer, wealthy residents who play tennis, helicopter parent, and follow the dictates of queen bee Heather—who unexpectedly takes a shine to Merilee. Potential romance also appears when she meets local contractor Wade Kimball. But not everyone is who they seem to be. Secrets from the past arise for all three of the women at the center of this story as revenge is served cold. The narration moves between past and present effectively, slowly revealing the events that have led up to this moment. With well-developed characters, a strong sense of place, a suspenseful plot, and plenty of Southern axioms sprinkled in, this is a warm and engaging novel by prolific author White ("Tradd Street" series; Flight Patterns; A Long Time Gone). VERDICT Recommended for readers who enjoy the stories of Beatriz Williams, Kim Boykin, and Mary Alice Monroe. [See Prepub Alert, 10/31/16.]—Melanie Kindrachuk, Stratford P.L., Ont. --Melanie Kindrachuk (Reviewed 04/01/2017) (Library Journal, vol 142, issue 6, p79)
  • Secrets, scandals, and SUVs follow a single mother in White's (The Guests on South Battery, 2017, etc.) latest Southern mystery.After her husband has an affair, Merilee Talbot Dunlap moves her 10-year-old daughter, Lily, and her 8-year-old son, Colin, to a charming cottage behind a farmhouse in Sweet Apple, Georgia, for a fresh start. Her new landlady, Sugar Prescott, is "two years older than dirt and just as mean"—at least according to Heather Blackford, the class mother at Lily's new school. (But it's hard to trust the judgment of a woman who puts $20 Sephora gift cards in the goodie bags she buys for the kids' first day of school.) Merilee struggles to fit in with Heather and the other housewives of Sweet Apple, whose gleaming smiles are more menacing than friendly—but whose friendship is irresistible. Merilee and Sugar form a surprising bond, telling their stories in alternating chapters, while the anonymous author of a local gossip blog fills in the rest of the details with wicked precision. The generational differences between Merilee and Sugar, from parenting styles to use of technology, lend tension even where camaraderie abounds. When a body turns up in Sweet Apple, it brings with it the memory of Merilee's brother, David, whose death hovers over her like a dark cloud (along with another secret that Merilee thought she had buried for good), making Merilee a target for the blame and scorn of her neighbors. The surprise is not in learning that Merilee's perfect new friends are not as perfect as they pretend to be but in the way that grief and guilt are passed around like a rejected potluck dish in the wake of a terrible tragedy. An atmospheric and entertaining look at the friends who keep your secrets—and the friends who keep you guessing until it's too late.(Kirkus Reviews, February 15, 2017)
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White, Karen
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PS3623.H5776
LC item number
N54 2017
Literary form
fiction
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  • Women
  • Interpersonal relations
  • Divorced women
  • Suburban life
  • Southern States
Target audience
adult
Label
The night the lights went out, Karen White
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Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
406 pages
Isbn
9780451488381
Lccn
2016053299
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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  • 959038729
  • (OCoLC)959038729
Label
The night the lights went out, Karen White
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
406 pages
Isbn
9780451488381
Lccn
2016053299
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • 959038729
  • (OCoLC)959038729

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