Turnip blues

by Campbell, Helen, 1952-

Format: Print Book 1998
Availability: Available at 1 Library 1 of 1 copy
Noncirculating (1)
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CLP - Main Library Pennsylvania Dept. - Warehouse r FICTION Campbell
Location  CLP - Main Library
Collection  Pennsylvania Dept. - Warehouse
Call Number  r FICTION Campbell
Mrs Kuzo and Mrs Lemack, drive to visit the grave of Bessie Smith. On the way they reflect on their own life journeys until they reach their destination, where Mrs Kuzo's niece, her husband, and his 37 Indian relatives, awaken in Mrs K. an important truth that recasts her whole life.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "The spunky old codger theme hits pay dirt once again. Mrs. Kuzo and Mrs. Lemack, 75-year-old widows, drive across Pennsylvania on Mrs. Lemack's whim to visit blues legend Bessie Smith's grave. And, in the end, these ebullient characters show that they yet have the ability to learn and grow. A fine novel."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Mary Kuzo and Mary Lemack, the 75-year-old heroines of this heartfelt, occasionally cutesy debut, have been friends since the seventh grade and have seen each other through joy and grief (they have buried four husbands between them). So when the exuberant Mrs. Lemack decides to make a seven-hour pilgrimage from the western Pennsylvania town of Braddock to the Philadelphia grave of her idol, Bessie Smith, wry, arthritic narrator Mrs. Kuzo naturally (if reluctantly) goes along for the ride. Seated in the passenger's seat of Mrs. Lemack's Firebird, Mrs. Kuzo has plenty of time to remember her past, recalling the prejudice she and other Slavs faced as "Hunkies," her economic struggles, her clashes with her family, their suffering over the death of a sister and the ravages brought down on them by class prejudice and alcoholism. Ably characterized and deftly comic, this elderly-widows-on-the-road tale is marked by a breezy style that makes a pungent counterpoint to the actual tribulations of both women's' lives. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved"
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Additional Information
Subjects Older women -- Pennsylvania -- Braddock -- Fiction.
Widows -- Pennsylvania -- Braddock -- Fiction.
Friendship -- Pennsylvania -- Braddock -- Fiction.
Reminiscing in old age -- Fiction.
Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Description and travel -- Fiction.
Braddock (Pa.) -- Fiction.
Philadelphia (Pa.) -- Fiction.
Publisher Duluth, MN :Spinsters Ink,1998
Edition 1st ed.
Language English
Description 221 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 1883523230 (alk. paper)
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