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3.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 53.59 out of 5 3.59 (29 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Rivers Siddons Narrator: Kate Reading Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2005 ISBN: 9780060879150
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Twelve-year-old Peyton McKenzie isn’t ready to share her widowed father with anyone—certainly not with her cigarette-smoking redheaded cousin Nora, who just rolled into sleepy Lytton, Georgia, this summer behind the wheel of a pink Thunderbird. But her father seems to like Nora, and prim Aunt Augusta hates her, which means she can’t be all bad. And when Nora takes a job teaching the first integrated honors class at the local high school, it appears she might be staying forever.

But there’s something troubling Peyton’s unorthodox cousin, something more than the outspoken town gossips’ complaints about Nora’s “unsouthern ways.” When the truth comes to light, it will rock the segregated small community—and teach Peyton an unforgettable lesson about the enormous cost of love.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Anne Rivers Siddons has always written as though someone close to God was whispering to her. I want to say Nora, Nora is her best book but I don’t want to hurt the feelings of Peachtree Road, Outer Banks, Hill Towns, or Colony, or half a dozen others. She ranks among the best of us and delivers the goods—the whole fabulous package—with every book she writes.”

    Pat Conroy

  • “As appropriate for a beach bag as sunscreen and bottled water, Nora, Nora will make you want to go back and read other Siddons classics.”

    USA Today

  • “Bestselling author Siddons’ story takes wing…She has again delivered.”

    People

  • “Emotionally truthful…sweetly evocative.”

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Siddons pulls off another smoothly written novel with ingratiating ease…In addition to her impeccable re-creation of Southern speech and atmosphere, Siddons captures the angst of adolescence with practised skill.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Siddons’ prose is so fluid, graceful, and lovely, that after diving in, the reader is carried along effortlessly and with great pleasure. Nora, Nora is a completely satisfying and nourishing read, containing both style and substance.”

    Library Journal

  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura Hontz | 2/13/2014

    " One of my all time favorites! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Letty Seidl | 2/13/2014

    " I like this book. It started out it little slow but once I got into it I couldn't put it down. I wasn't crazy about the ending just because I don't like loose ends. I would have liked a happier ending but overall it was a good book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rebecca | 2/13/2014

    " A story about growing up that remembers it isn't just kids who have growing to do. Also about what can go wrong when the truth is kept hidden. With lots of other stuff mixed in. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gwen | 2/1/2014

    " A moving story about an adolescent girl's life in a small town in Georgia in the mid-1950's and how her life changes when her Aunt Nora (her mother's younger sister whom she has never seen) comes to live with Peyton and her father. Nora has a profound effect on Peyton and others as she brings out secrets among relatives and townspeople. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Jo | 1/30/2014

    " For some reason this book didn't quite cut it for me like most of Siddons' books do. Maybe I was on overkill at the time? I think I need to intersperse my authors now and then instead of reading everything they've written all at once! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barbara | 1/23/2014

    " Small town Georgia in 1961. Enter Nora, a red headed cousin who drives a pink convertible Thunderbird and shocks the town, has a mysterious and adventurous past, and fascinates the narrator, 8th grader Peyton, active member of the Loser's Club. The book cries out for a sequel as it ends feeling unfinished. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 1/22/2014

    " Listened to this book on tape. I really enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ramona Fontenot | 1/15/2014

    " Disappointing - not my favorite - but just ok. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sdhall0824 | 12/21/2013

    " I love all her books and this one is no exception. I love the way she develops her characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 8/29/2013

    " Good story, about youth and truth. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 7/31/2013

    " I always enjoy her books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki Bragg | 7/19/2013

    " it was ok...not very fond of the ending though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 7/8/2013

    " Good book - always enjoy reading Anne's books. This one was a book club favorite a few years ago (before I joined) and I'm trying to read the group's favorites in between our current books. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jan | 7/1/2013

    " This is a gentle story about growing up. Possible a good story for teens to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christy | 6/29/2013

    " When cousin Nora passes through town, she creates a stir. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/25/2013

    " Meh. It was a quick read on the nook and I needed something with no thought involved after some of the heavy books I had been reading. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lenore | 6/13/2013

    " loved it, read it you will also "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 9/21/2011

    " This was very good...not as capturing as the others I've read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rainbow | 5/6/2011

    " Enjoyable escapism fiction. Well done, except ending was trite. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gina | 2/8/2009

    " Sweet story- great references to the racially segregated South of the past and the intolerance of things we now take for granted. Story told in 3rd person but definitely shown through the eyes of a twelve year old girl who struggles to find her way in life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 4/15/2007

    " When twelve-year-old Peyton's mother and older brother die, she and her father are trapped in their grief. Then along comes Peyton's mother's cousin, Nora for a visit that changes Peyton's life forever. I liked this story and give it an A+! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lola | 8/10/2006

    " Very good story; large print even! Young Peyton lives with her father; her mother died when Peyton was an infant. Mom's cousin, Nora, comes to stay with them & changes Peyton, her father, & the town of Lytton,GA. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cathee | 4/9/2006

    " Such a fun book about one of my most favorite topics - The South. This is a happy book about reconciliation within a family. Nara is perfectly enchanting - on the order of Divine Secrets of YaYa Sisters. I probably love everything Anne Rivers Siddons writes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pam | 3/25/2005

    " Coming of age -- 1961 -- small town outside of Atlanta. Peyton, brought up by father, mother died when she was born, she's rather an outsider/loner. Nora, a distant cousin, comes to stay & stir it up. OK "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patricia | 1/9/2005

    " I enjoyed the book. It was a coming of age novel but with a lot of interpersonal relationship aspects that were very interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne Walker | 5/27/2004

    " I liked Nora, Nora a lot. The story is sad but hopeful, the characters are complex, and the setting is so nostalgic for children of the Sixties (especially if you grew up in a small, Southern town). "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David A. Carey | 8/24/2003

    " This was a very good read. A coming of age story set in the deep south in the early 60's. I did not want to put it down once I had started it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Naomi Krokowski | 4/9/2001

    " Surprisingly affecting and more challenging vocabulary than I was expecting. Enjoyed the young protagonist, 12-year-old Peyton, as well as the 1961 Southern setting. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/19/2001

    " meh. I normally like this author but this book just seemed too much of a 'formula' book. I'd skip it "

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About the Author
Author Anne Rivers Siddons

Anne Rivers Siddons is a New York Times bestselling author who she has written works such as Sweetwater Creek, Islands, Nora Nora, Low Country, Up Island, Fault Lines, Downtown, Hill Towns, Colony, Outer Banks, King’s Oak, Peachtree Road, Homeplace, Fox’s Earth, and Heartbreak Hotel. Her novel The House Next Door was made into a made-for-television movie starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Colin Ferguson, and Lara Flynn Boyle. She and her husband, Heyward, split their time between their homes in South Carolina and Maine.

About the Narrator

Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator and has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine. She is also a theater actor in the Washington, DC, area and has been a member of the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company since 1987. Her work onstage has been recognized by the Helen Hayes Awards Society, among others. She and her husband live in Hyattsville, Maryland, with their two children.