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3.58 out of 53.58 out of 53.58 out of 53.58 out of 53.58 out of 5 3.58 (12 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Susan Gregg Gilmore Narrator: Tavia Gilbert Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781400188345
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Bezellia Grove was born into the most prominent of Nashville families, but that didn't stop her from having an alcoholic mother and a distant, adulterous father. Her nanny, Maizelle, and Nathaniel, the handyman, are the people who have taken care of her since she can remember. She considers them family, but her parents just consider them servants because they are black. When Bezellia has a clandestine romance with Nathaniel's son, whites and blacks unite in fury at the young couple. In a world too neatly ordered by status, wealth, and skin color, Bezellia becomes a rebel who, while seeking the love her real family has not been able to provide, unearths and upends some secrets and assumptions that a lot of people would rather stay hidden. Download and start listening now!

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  • “A highly emotional story that vividly evokes a sense of place, the 1960s era, and the heady feelings of first love.”

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tonya | 5/17/2011

    " Loved this book - page turner. Sad but makes you really think about others lives - past and present - what one person endures and you may never know about it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarahz | 5/8/2011

    " I enjoyed this book but I wanted it to be more about her and Nathaniel's son than her mother's drinking problem. Still a good read though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Penny | 4/15/2011

    " Really liked this book right up until the ending and then got so aggrevated I actually threw the book!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 L-V | 4/7/2011

    " This book is a lot like "The Help." but there are some differences and it is good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Humphreydunn | 3/18/2011

    " Excellent book. The reader on the audible version really brings the book to life "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 K.T. | 3/18/2011

    " I enjoyed reading this book. Bezilla Grove matures from a young awkard girl into a woman right before your eyes. She sacrifices along the way for the benefit of others. The ending was not what I was expecting but a refreshing twist to what could be an unhappy ending. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anita | 3/12/2011

    " I'll write a proper review soon, but I really enjoyed this book and thank my goodreads group for directing me to this book...............really good. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruth | 3/12/2011

    " About half way through. Not enjoying it near as much as other book clubbers. Must be missing something. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 3/8/2011

    " Thanks to my friend Jennifer who always knows my taste in books.
    Really enjoyed this story. "

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

    " I liked the book, but didn't like the ending. Bezellia deserved better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tara | 2/24/2011

    " I loved this story. Racism, coming of age, alcoholism, family disfunction - all addressed with a light touch. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 1/22/2011

    " I liked this light hearted Southern story. "

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About the Author

Susan Gregg Gilmore is the author of the novels Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen and The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove. She has written for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, the Los Angeles Times, and the Christian Science Monitor. Born in Nashville, she lives in Tennessee with her husband and three daughters.

About the Narrator

Tavia Gilbert, an acclaimed narrator of more than four hundred full-cast and multivoice audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the industry, is an eight-time nominee for the Audie Award and the recipient of seventeen Earphones Awards, a Voice Arts Award, and a Listen-Up Award. With frequent inclusion on best of year and annual top ten lists, she is a trusted and increasingly sought-after actress for work across every genre, from children’s and YA, to literary fiction, nonfiction, and genre fiction. Audible has named her a Genre-Defining Narrator: Master of Memoir, and Library Journal said of her, “as close as you can get to a full-cast narration with a solo voice.” She is a producer, singer, photographer, and a writer, as well as the cofounder of a feminist publishing company, Animal Mineral, with fiction and nonfiction focusing on relationships, love, and identity.