Lookaway, Lookaway

Lookaway, Lookaway

Large Print - 2014
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Jerene Jarvis Johnston and her husband Duke are exemplars of Charlotte, North Carolina's high society, where old Southern money -- and older Southern secrets -- meet the new wealth of bankers, boom-era speculators, and carpetbagging social climbers. Steely and implacable, Jerene presides over her family's legacy of paintings at the Mint Museum. Duke, the one-time college golden boy and descendant of a Confederate general, whose promising political career was mysteriously short-circuited, has settled into a comfortable semi-senescence as a Civil War re-enactor. Jerene's brother Gaston is an infamously dissolute bestselling historical novelist who has never managed to begin his long-dreamed-of literary masterpiece, while their sister Dillard is a prisoner of unfortunate life decisions that have made her a near-recluse. The four Johnston children wander perpetually toward scandal and mishap: Annie, the smart but matrimonially reckless real estate maven; Bo, a minister at war with his congregation; Joshua, prone to a series of gay misadventures, and Jerilyn, damaged but dutiful to her expected role as debutante and eventual society bride. Jerene must prove tireless in preserving the family's legacy, Duke's fragile honor, and what's left of the dwindling family fortune. She will stop at nothing to keep what she has -- but is it too much to ask for one ounce of cooperation from her heedless family?
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2014.
Edition: Large print edition.
Copyright Date: �2013
ISBN: 9781410464989
1410464989
Characteristics: 693 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.

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kikimandy
Aug 30, 2014

This book is said to be a hilarious satire.
I found it to be disgustingly crude and lewd.

sass35 Apr 05, 2014

loved this book at first i thought i would not but so many things going on i did not want it to end

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ownedbydoxies
Feb 04, 2014

Just not my kind of book. And there are so many great books out there, I have a reading list a mile long, so there's no point forcing myself to read something that just isn't interesting to me. From what I saw of the story, it's southern belle, completely swept up in debutante ball dresses, sororities, and her future perfect husband and life.

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