Item description for A Place Called Wiregrass by Michael Morris...
Overview Fleeing an abusive husband, an uncaring mother, and a soul-numbing, dead-end factory job, Erma Lee and her granddaughter, Cher, seek refuge in the town of Wiregrass, Alabama, where they hope to start over and form an unlikely friendship with Miss Claudia, an elderly socialite with her own secret past. Reprint.
Erma Lee is on the run . . . Running from an abusive husband . . . running from a mother who doesn't care -- never cared. Running from a soul-numbing factory job that has held her down her entire life ...
Erma Lee and her granddaughter, Cher, flee to the town of Wiregrass, Alabama, to escape the past and start over -- or so Erma Lee thinks. Erma Lee forms an unlikely friendship with Miss Claudia, an elderly socialite who is hiding a few details about her own past. Life in Wiregrass is different for Erma Lee and Cher, for here they find mercy and promise -- until, that is, the day Cher's convict father arrives in town, forcing all three women to come to terms with buried secrets.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.98" Width: 5.34" Height: 0.92" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Mar 28, 2016
ISBN 0060727101 ISBN13 9780060727109 UPC 099455014953
Availability 71 units. Availability accurate as of Feb 23, 2017 11:02.
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More About Michael Morris
Daniel Morris played defense and was president and captain of the lacrosse team at Boston University, where he earned a degree in journalism in 1997. He went on to coach the B.U. team for the next six seasons as assistant and then head coach, guiding them to a national ranking in the U.S. Lacrosse Men''s Division Intercollegiate Associates. Currently, he coaches defense at Boston College and serves as the commissioner and director of the Pioneer Collegiate Lacrosse League. Michael Morris, his father, is a well-known journalist and editor. He lives in Ossining, New York.
Michael Morris currently resides in the state of Alabama. Michael Morris was born in 1966.
Reviews - What do customers think about A Place Called Wiregrass?
Well written southern characters Aug 13, 2007
You have to live it to understand the characters. You can tell the author is southern. His women show the true nature of most southern women in all there complexity. He writes the way you wish you could write to tell the true tales of strong southern women who face the past and the future with wide open eyes and strength of character. His Erma Lee and Miss Claudia come from two different generations and stations in life but they find that they have much in common and both are facing some hard times. They manage to convince you that they can do anything they set their minds to and do it well. You can feel the heat and smell the gardenias when they speak. He also makes us face the fact that some people attend church for other than Godly reasons. There is humor and sadness in this book and he does it all without making southerners dirt eating, snuff dipping idiots. He brings his characters to life with much love.
Nice characters, uneven plotting, contrived resolutions. Aug 10, 2006
Wiregrass is a small Southern town like any other, with hypocrites, traditions, churches and trailerparks. Erma Lee is a kind of Everywoman character, though the author goes to great pains to remind us that she is pretty hot for a lunch lady, though as a reader I could only imagine her scowling all the time.
The POV of a suspicious, proud woman from a harsh background with wretchedly low expectations is mostly interesting. At times I wished for just a little more humor, though Richard and the way his mother treated him did make me laugh. Also amusing were Erma's "Love thy Neighbor" moments with her landlady.
The characters are nicely drawn. Cher is a refreshing change for a teenage character. She's respectful and hardworking, and though she wanders, she seems to appreciate what has been done for her sake. All the side characters are well-observed, and of course, the real star of the book, Miss Claudia, Erma's employer, is a gem.
I'm not sure, then, why the book didn't work for me. Maybe it is the flatness of the male characters. Some are just purely evil, which doesn't work well in a realistic novel. Our romantic hero reminds me of a very loyal, very large dog. He has all the spark of wet cardboard, and Erma Lee's quiet swoons seemed oddly unmotivated. The book goes to great lengths to maintain a grim level of realism, but then throws that all out the window in an unconvincing car chase and a melodramatic plot twist in which Cher is in danger. Also, the whole "hidden secret" resolution (no spoilers, but that was ridiculous) is right out of a Lifetime tv movie. I like the people. I just think what they do is alternately dull or over-the-top.
Erma Lee's journey to faith is an important part of her character, and a natural part of the plot. I enjoyed how it was presented in that it didn't even dent most of her problems, just gave her one small tool to deal with them. Finding God didn't make her into a perfect Christian, either. Her charity faltered and she was extremely judgmental.
I enjoy books that examine faith, but there was no mention of this aspect of the novel in any of the blurbs or write-ups. I wonder why.
Perfect For Our Book Group Apr 15, 2006
I'm a native of Mississippi who now lives in the Northeast. I wish that I could claim that I selected this novel for our recent book group discussion but I cannot. Why do I wish that I would have selected it? As I told my club, this novel captures the heart of the rural south and the strength of 'real' southern women. It's the perfect picture of small town life with the 'haves' and the 'have nots'. That said...whether you are from the south or not, you can't put down this book about a good ole girl trying to start over again and the elderly, wonderful Miss Claudia who steps in to help her while also having to face up to a dark secret from her own past. I can't say enough good things about this one. Loved it!
CHARACTERS THAT JUMP OFF OF THE PAGE Dec 14, 2005
SELDOM DO I FIND BOOKS THAT MAKE ME BELIEVE THAT THE CHARACTERS ARE PEOPLE WHO LIVE DOWN THE STREET FROM ME, BUT THIS ONE DID IT! I DON'T REALLY KNOW A WOMAN LIKE ERMA OR MISS CLAUDIA BUT BY THE THIRD CHAPTER THIS WRITER HAD ME CONVINCED THAT I DID KNOW THEM. THIS IS NOT A ROMANCE OR A MYSTERY, ALTHOUGH ELEMENTS OF BOTH ARE IN THE STORY. THIS IS A STORY OF REDEMPTION, FRIENDSHIP, AND UNCONDITIONAL LOVE. IT WOULD MAKE A GOOD HALMARK MOVIE.
Unique read Aug 31, 2005
The book itself was good - no doubt about that. It was well written, the characters were almost realistic, the whole deal. The fact that it was a story written from the perspective of a woman yet actually written by a man just sorta weirded me out. I couldn't really relate to the book because basically in the book every man was a bad guy. Almost. Every man in the novel (with the exception of the ugly pastor at the reject church) let Erma Lee down somehow. Husband, father, son-in-law, pastor of rich church, even the guy she was dating let her down! Somehow I just didn't really didn't get into this novel. I dunno.