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The School of Beauty and Charm

The School of Beauty and Charm( )
Author: Sumner, Melanie
Publication Date:Sep 2001
Publisher:Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
Imprint:Shannon Ravenel Books
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $23.95
Book Description:

This is the story of the Peppers family of Counterpoint, Georgia. Henry and Florida Peppers are pertinacious Baptist parents whose dearest wishes are to keep their asthmatic son Roderick alive and their smart-ass daughter Louise from going to hell. Louise, the little hellion, tells the story. And what a story it is, about how ponderous Henry, hysterical Florida, and hell-bent-for-rebellion Louise, awash in grief after Roderick's death at fifteen, go on living. Steady-at-the-helm, Henry...
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Book Details
Detailed Subjects: Fiction / General
Fiction / Southern
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.78 x 8.7 x 1.07 Inches
Book Weight:1.13 Pounds
Author Biography
Sumner, Melanie (Author)
Melanie Sumner was born in Middletown, Ohio on December 30, 1963, but grew up in Rome, Georgia. She received a BA in religious studies from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in 1986 and an MFA in creative writing from Boston University in 1987. She was a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal, West Africa from 1988-1990. She taught at numerous colleges and universities including Cape Fear Community College in Wilmington, North Carolina (1990-1993), University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (1995-1996), University of New Mexico (1998-2001) and Shorter College (2002-2008). She currently teaches English at Kennesaw State University in Georgia.

Her books include The Ghost of Milagro Creek, The School of Beauty and Charm, and Polite Society, which won the Whiting Writers' Award in 1995. Her fiction and nonfiction works have appeared in numerous journals, anthologies and magazines including The New Yorker, New Stories from the South, Atlanta Magazine, Five Points, Harper's, and Ladies Home Journal.


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