Girls in Trucks

Girls in Trucks

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Grand Central Pub
Sarah Walters, the narrator of GIRLS IN TRUCKS, is a reluctant Camellia Society debutante. She has always felt ill-fitted to the rococo ways of Southern womanhood and family, and is anxious to shake the bonds of her youth. Still, she follows the traditional path laid out for her. This is Charleston, and in this beautiful, dark, segregated town, established rules and manners mean everything.

But as Sarah grows older, she finds that her Camellia lessons fail her, particularly as she goes to college, moves North, and navigates love and life in New York. There, Sarah and her group of displaced deb sisters try to define themselves within the realities of modern life. Heartbreak, addiction, disappointing jobs and death fail to live up to the hazy, happy future promised to them by their Camellia mothers and sisters.

When some unexpected bumps in the road--an unplanned birth, a family death--lead Sarah back home, she's forced to take another long look at the fading empire of her youth. It takes a strange turn of events to finally ground Sarah enough to make some serious choices. And only then does she realize that as much as she tried to deny it, where she comes from will always affect where she ends up. The motto of her girlhood cotillion society, "Once a Camellia, always a Camellia," may turn out to have more wisdom and pull to it than she ever could have guessed.

Baker & Taylor
Sarah Walters becomes increasingly disenchanted with undercurrents of barbarism in her Southern community and relocates to New York, where she and fellow displaced Southerners struggle to make sense of the city's sophistication.

Hachette Book Group
Sarah Walters, the narrator of GIRLS IN TRUCKS, is a reluctant Camellia Society debutante. She has always felt ill-fitted to the rococo ways of Southern womanhood and family, and is anxious to shake the bonds of her youth. Still, she follows the traditional path laid out for her. This is Charleston, and in this beautiful, dark, segregated town, established rules and manners mean everything.

But as Sarah grows older, she finds that her Camellia lessons fail her, particularly as she goes to college, moves North, and navigates love and life in New York. There, Sarah and her group of displaced deb sisters try to define themselves within the realities of modern life. Heartbreak, addiction, disappointing jobs and death fail to live up to the hazy, happy future promised to them by their Camellia mothers and sisters.

When some unexpected bumps in the road--an unplanned birth, a family death--lead Sarah back home, she's forced to take another long look at the fading empire of her youth. It takes a strange turn of events to finally ground Sarah enough to make some serious choices. And only then does she realize that as much as she tried to deny it, where she comes from will always affect where she ends up. The motto of her girlhood cotillion society, "Once a Camellia, always a Camellia," may turn out to have more wisdom and pull to it than she ever could have guessed.

Publisher: New York : Little, Brown, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780316002127
9780316027618
0316027618
9780316002110
0316002119
Characteristics: 241 p. ; 22 cm

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booklady413 Jul 20, 2012

This book is about several southern girls who leave the south for school and careers, but never really leave their past. It is an interesting and fast read. Katie Crouch tells us a little bit about the cover choice for her first novel at the end of the book. Apprently, quite a bit of time and energy is spent on picking a cover.

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abelj
Dec 16, 2010

Okay. I'm sounding really old here, but the worst thing about this dreadful book is that it could actually be a young woman's autobiography. Sarah values nothing and acts accordingly, destroying everything in her path. I found this a most depressing peek into the psyche of a twenty-something. Yep, it's true. The world IS going to hell in a handbasket!

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tamra
Aug 02, 2008

Excellent ! Can't wait for her to put out another novel !

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