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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,647 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michael Lee West Narrator: Michael Lee Wes Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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A lively multigenerational tale of six charming, unforgettable Southern women--a story of love and laughter, pain and redemption.

Though she was born in Tennessee, Miss Gussie is no country fool. A woman who can handle any situation, she has her hands full with her two headstrong daughters who happen to be complete opposites -- dour Dorothy and sweet Clancy Jane. Hoping money will heal childhood wounds, Dorothy marries the owner of a five-and-dime, while Clancy Jane gets into a mess of trouble, running off with a randy tomcat who pumps gas at the Esso stand. And then there are Gussie's granddaughters, the smart but plain Violet and fancy-talking Bitsy -- a new generation whose lives will reflect a nation's tumultuous times. From Tennessee to New Orleans, from psychedelic San Francisco to a remote Southwestern desert ranch, this funny, poignant novel spans more than four decades as it vividly recounts the universal loves, sorrows, and joys of women's lives.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Powerful…Impressive.”

    New York Times

  • “Gripping…Dazzling…Unforgettable…An absorbing, skillfully interwoven mix of calamity and comedy”

    Atlanta Journal-Constitution

  • “A wonderful first novel of the lives of three generations of Tennessee women…I can't think of enough nice things to say about Crazy Ladies. The voices are sharp, wry, and utterly convincing.”

    Washington Post Book World

  • “Wonderfully inventive…Her writing is brilliant in detail and dialogue, flavored with just enough spicy Southern wit and wisdom.”

    San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle

  • “West's accent is Southern fried and brassy...her spirited performance is enjoyable.”

    Los Angeles Times

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Tina Newcomb | 2/14/2014

    " I'm not sure how so many people can have such unhappy lives. There were a lot of crazy dysfunctional ladies and a lot of cheating men. Not my type of book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by JoAnn | 2/12/2014

    " This is one of those books I read in the past and forgot I did so. It was good; your typical strong Southern women book. Just my style~! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joanne Buchanan | 2/7/2014

    " Excellent, well-written, and LOVED the characters. Easy reading. A real gem! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joannn | 2/6/2014

    " Very enjoyable book about several generations of women in the same family. Written from the personal viewpoint of each girl/woman as she grows and ages. Very realistic. "

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About the Author
Author Michael Lee West

Michael Lee West is the author of six novels, including Crazy Ladies, Mad Girls in Love, American Pie, and She Flew the Coop, as well as a food memoir Consuming Passions. She lives with her husband on a farm in Lebanon, Tennessee, with three bratty Yorkshire terriers, a Chinese crested, assorted donkeys, chickens, sheep, and African Pygmy goats. Her faithful dog Zap was the inspiration of a character in Mermaids in the Basement.