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Rita Mae Brown is the highly prolific best-selling author of many titles including Rubyfruit Jungle, In Her Day, Six of One, Southern Discomfort, Sudden Death, and a memoir, Rita Will. With her tiger cat, Sneaky Pie, she also collaborates on the New York Times best-selling Mrs. Murphy mystery series, including Wish You Were Here (available from Turnaround). An Emmy nominated screenwriter and a poet, she lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Popular and prolific Brown (Rubyfruit Jungle, etc.) lavishes her attention and breathless prose on another lesbian coming-of-age tale set in Southern belle territory. Victoria "Vic" Savedge is a gorgeous 22-year-old senior at the College of William and Mary in present-day Virginia. Her parents, Frank and R.J., little sister Mignon and best friend Jinx Baptista all expect Vic to marry her rich football star boyfriend Charly Harrison after graduation. However, in the opening scene, Vic meets Chris Carter, a female transfer student to whom she is increasingly attracted. Their flirtatious behavior deflates any suspense Brown may have hoped to create; it's clear Vic's commitment to Charly is shaky. As she unconvincingly struggles to choose between lovers, Vic ponders with Jinx the roles fate, honor and individual responsibility play in life. During weekend visits to her ancestral home, Surry Crossing, Va., Vic is entertained by the smalltown antics of her womanizing Uncle Don and sex-deprived Aunt Bunny, and the Wallaces, neighboring middle-aged sisters who pathetically vie for their elderly father's favor. Brown's tendency to tell rather than show ("Raised in a judgmental family, Chris had survived by nourishing her sense of rebellion. She didn't know what she was looking for until she met Vic") and filler dialogue ("Sit down. It's my turn to give you a Coke" and "Mother, do you want a refill?" "No, thank you. But you may clean the ashtray") wear on the reader, and the one-dimensional characters and soap opera story line provide little relief. Brown's good-natured humor and exuberant treatment of her themes may satisfy her fans, but she's unlikely to pick up new readers this time around. 8-city author tour. (Oct.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

"Recommended... An amusing and outlandish supporting cast... Fans will welcome [Brown's] return to the theme of her earlier work." - Library Journal

Gorgeous Victoria is expected to marry her football hero boyfriend, but this being a novel by the author of the juicy Rubyfruit Jungle, there's inevitably a twist. Vic falls for a new woman on campus named Chris and must learn how to juggle her various loves. Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.

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