Queen Bee of Mimosa Branch

By Haywood Smith
(St. Martin's Press, Hardcover, 9780312300562, 352pp.)

Publication Date: October 2002

Other Editions of This Title: Mass Market Paperback, Compact Disc

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Description

Southern housewife Linwood Breedlove Scott was happily content in her comfortable, complacent thirty-year marriage, but when her husband cleans out their bank accounts and runs off with a stripper, her life takes a hilarious, yet touching, right turn into reality. With no place to go but home, she's forced back to her insular hometown and the "eccentric" family she escaped by marrying at nineteen: her senile father, her loving-yet-controlling mother, her long-suffering aunt, her crazy uncle, and her good-for-nothing brother. But despite her newly dependent situation and her family's genteel insanity, Lin begins to stand on her own two feet and wake up to the joys-and perils-of life as a single woman. And she also learns surprising lessons about her family: that things aren't always what they seem, and that the power of love governs even the most dysfunctional of relationships. This joy-filled, moving, and wise-cracking novel delivers a portrait of Southern life, Southern families, and self-discovery that readers will never forget.




About the Author

Atlanta native Haywood Smith lives on the shores of Lake Lanier near the small town of Buford, Georgia. She has one son, currently in medical school who is "married to a wonderful, fearless Christian woman," and a close family that includes her mother, three sisters, and a brother. Inspired by her own observations of Southern life and family, she created this funny, joyous tribute to one woman's triumph over adversity.
Watch for Haywood's next book, the story of five Atlanta women whose warm, witty friendship keeps them together and sane through high school in the Sixties, college, the evolution of the New South, marriage, children, corporate wifedom, Garden Club, death, kiddy sports, affairs, menopause, financial ruin, rehab, facelifts, divorce, and the Junior League.




Praise For Queen Bee of Mimosa Branch

"Haywood Smith paints a portrait of lasting relationships between family and lifelong friends in the small-town South. Her colorful cast of characters is unforgettable."
--Southern Living

"A veritable goldmine of Southern homespun homilies and hospitality, where the Ya-Ya sisterhood would feel right at home."
--Booklist

"Snapshots of Southern living will charm even the hardest-hearted Yankee."
--Publishers Weekly

"Hilariously on the mark...the perfect combination of wit and touching sentiment...[A] one-of-a-kind feel-good read."
--Romantic Times

A "hilarious slice of life." --Midwest Book Review


"...Smith paints a portrait of lasting relationships between family and lifelong friends in the small-town South. Her...cast...is unforgettable."

"A veritable goldmine of Southern homespun homilies and hospitality, where the Ya-Ya sisterhood would feel right at home."

"Snapshots of Southern living will charm even the hardest-hearted Yankee."

"Hilariously on the mark...the perfect combination of wit and touching sentiment...[A] one-of-a-kind feel-good read."

A "hilarious slice of life."

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