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As Hot As It Was You Ought To Thank Me

As Hot As It Was You Ought To Thank Me
Nanci Kincaid
Back Bay Books
Publish date: 2005-02-01
$14.99
9780316009140
Paperback

Review:

This is a great coming of age story set in the small southern town of Pinetta, Florida. Not much actually happens in a given day unless you count the ongoing tensions between the Baptists and the Methodists, or people going missing or preachers behaving badly or hurricanes. Of course the cast of characters includes the requisite local tramp from an abusive backwoods family, the Longmonts (the moneyed family behind the Baptist Church) and Butch the Methodist preacher of questionable character. Sprinkle on top of that a number of potentially dangerous individuals and quite a few plot twists and you have just the recipe for a great story!

Kincaid's novel is told from the perspective of Berry, a young teenage girl who records all she sees and shares with the reader her take on the world. The real meaning in the story starts to surface when a hurricane hits this sleepy ill-prepared town. Churches, schools, and roads are destroyed. Chain gangs from the state prison appear and set up camp to help with cleanup. Rattlesnake infestations are running rampant in the downed and ruined buildings. People are disappearing without explanation. Ugly truths are brought to light...

As Hot As It Was and other writings of Kincaid's have been compared to the likes of Harper Lee...embracing and highly entertaining. Her title story from Pretending My Bed is a Raft has been adapted to the feature film 'My Life Without Me.' This recent work of Kincaid's is an excellent choice for book clubs and includes a book discussion guide.

   
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