She's Gone Country
Dispatches from a Lost Soul in the Heart of Dixie
By Kyle Spencer
(Vintage, Paperback, 9780375709043, 304pp.)
Publication Date: May 14, 2002
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Where does a single, twentysomething girl go for adventure when she’s been raised among Manhattan artists, drag queens, and intellectuals threatening to move to Cuba? If that girl is Kyle York Spencer, an aspiring newspaper reporter, she heads south, to North Carolina, to cut her chops at the Raleigh News & Observer.
Setting up shop in the Tar Heel state, Spencer finds herself interviewing everyone from skeet-shooting cowboys and Christian Rockers to the Human Carver--a serial killer--and the Smallest Woman in the World. Embraced by a sassy group of husband-hunting southern belles, she wonders whether sleeping with a Jesse Helms supporter is really part of the grand plan or if Mark, her best friend whose calls from LA provide a lifeline, is really the one. Picking up some valuable wisdom along the way, she learns that finding Mr. Right is far less important than surrounding yourself with the right people–and that making a home ultimately involves more than just deciding where to live.
Kyle Spencer lives in New York City with her Northern fiancé. She is still an avid fan of country music and returns to North Carolina regularly.
"A funny, sharp, insightful book, with bittersweet moments amongst hilarity, which made me want to pull on a pair of cowboy boots and head South!"- Sophie Kinsella, author of Confessions of a Shopaholic
"Imagine Flannery O'Connor and John Irving swapping tales after a few stout bourbons, and you've got this splendid, entertaining book."- Martin Clark, author of The many Aspects of Mobile Home Living
"A lively, irreverent twist on the ingénue-in-the-city genre—pure fun."- Lucinda Rosenfeld, author of What She Saw...