Scribner Book Company, Paperback, 9780684853734, 304pp.
Publication Date: April 14, 1999
Roxanna begins her story on her twentieth birthday -- a day that introduces her to the harsh realities of adulthood and changes the course of her life forever. From this day on, Roxanna is quick to share with the reader the intimate details of ninety years of life in North Carolina. Her beguiling tale is one that boldly reflects the high and low moments in the development of the modern South and the nation as well as the inner strength of a woman possessed of a piercingly clear vision, forthright hungers and immense vitality.
The New York Times
Reading Reynolds Price's novel Roxanna Slade is like sitting through a long and languid North Carolina evening and listening to an intimate summing up of a hard life.
The Washington Post
Reading Roxanna Slade is like sitting at the feet of the wisest, most engaging, truth-tellingest grandmother imaginable....Here is language you can swim in, inhale, savor on the tip of your tongue.
San Francisco Chronicle
Roxanna Slade is a profoundly and provocatively hope-filled book -- one might even say spiritual....Masterful...compelling.
author of Cold Mountain
What a privilege to sit down with this book and let Roxanna Slade's wise, strong voice talk in your mind for a measure of hours about the profound consequence of ordinary lives.
The Raleigh News & Observer
A virtuoso performance...through Roxanna's voice Price demonstrates that he, more than any of his contemporaries, is indeed a singer of stories.
The New York Times Book Review
A chronicler of decency, pluck and joy, in novel after novel [Price] has given us the weight and worth of the ordinary.
The Miami Herald
Roxanna Slade shows that in a world of deceit, a simple, good woman is something exceptional. She can tell a good story if you have the time to listen.
Detroit Free Press
Reynolds Price may well be the dean of Southern writers.
Anne Rivers Siddons
Extraordinary. Price knows all there is to know about the American South, and Roxanna Slade is what he knows. It's a powerful book in its deceptive simplicity, vivid and particular. I loved it.
Polly Paddock Gossett
The Charlotte Observer
Price proves yet again why he is one of America's most esteemed writers. His prose is rich and lyrical; his insights keen; his ability to slip inside the skin of his characters (especially women) astounding.