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Overview A major family reunion prompted by Summer's wedding brings relatives from the upper echelons of New Orleans society together, but the occasion also marks the threatened revelation of long-hidden family secrets and resentments that have kept Summer and her older sister, Misa, a hard-living model, estranged. Original. 25,000 first printing.
Publishers Description From the author of fiction favorite "Sunday Brunch" comes an inspirational novel about two bitterly divided sisters struggling to forgive each other and renew their faith in God. Everything is not always sweet on Magnolia Lane, where the Ledoux clan had always gathered under the watchful eye of the family matriarch, Hannah. Years later, Hannah's granddaughter Summer, a soon-to-be bride, has planned a weekend event that prompts a major family reunion. But once relatives come together to celebrate Summer's wedding, generational secrets that have spanned decades slowly come to the surface. Blowing in belatedly and stoking long-standing resentments is Summer's older sister, Misa, an international model. Unbeknownst to them, the sisters share something besides a feud: they have inherited the depression that had darkened the life of their mother, Elizabeth. While Summer relies on God to keep her from the abyss, Misa submerges herself in drinks and men. But neither can avoid what happens when, after a particularly vitriolic argument, one of the sisters flees in anger into the darkness of a rain-swept night. The aftermath leads the sisters to uncover the truth about their family and themselves, testing their spiritual reserves. And along the way, God's spirit continues to send them messages about the beauty of faith and love. Spiritual, dramatic, and a memorable tribute to our beloved New Orleans, Jarrett's second novel is a confident step forward in an already bright career.
Citations And Professional Reviews Sweet Magnolia: A Novel by Norma L. Jarrett has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Black Issues Book Review - 07/01/2006 page 39
Ebony - 07/01/2006 page 32
Essence - 07/01/2006 page 79
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Studio: Harlem Moon
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.2" Width: 5.56" Height: 0.94" Weight: 0.65 lbs.
Release Date Jun 13, 2006
ISBN 0767921429 ISBN13 9780767921428
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More About Norma L. Jarrett
NORMA L. JARRETT, an honors graduate of the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, is the author of Sunday Brunch and Sweet Magnolia. She lives in Houston, Texas.
Norma L. Jarrett currently resides in Houston, in the state of Texas.
Reviews - What do customers think about Sweet Magnolia: A Novel?
It was okay, a little boring Feb 11, 2008
Although the book was well written, it was a bit slow. The plot was good and interesting, it just lacked excitement
Reviewed by Karen Morse Jan 25, 2007
"The plantation home on Magnolia Lane had been the family gathering place for several generations. The big white columns and massive entryway boldly invited quests to a rich tradition, a mansion full of antiques that represented all the charm of New Orleans. 'There's a different between a house and a home,' Hannah would say. For Summer, the stately structure was definitely a home, worn and welcome in all the right places."
SWEET MAGNOLIA is the story of Misa and Summer Ledoux, two sisters as different as night and day. Beautiful, flamboyant Misa is a jet-setting internationally-known model based in New York City, while unassuming Summer is a computer engineer and devout Christian living in Houston . Despite their outward differences, both sisters are struggling with similar problems and it is only through love and trust that they can reconcile and truly heal.
SWEET MAGNOLIA is also the larger story of the Ledoux family, a well-to-do African-American family based in a mansion "painted soft pink, symbolic of money by New Orleans standards." In the wake of matriarch Hannah's death, the Ledouxes have to come to terms with Hannah's role in each of their lives and with the secrets that can't help but be revealed.
This book is aptly classified as religious fiction by the publisher. Jarrett's faith infuses SWEET MAGNOLIA enabling her to create a profoundly moral novel, by which I mean a novel with morals. However, the focus on faith and morality can seem a little overbearing for readers unaccustomed to Christian fiction. Nevertheless, SWEET MAGNOLIA is a worthwhile read. Jarrett does a good job depicting a range of family relationships and does not shy away from difficult topics like mental illness.
Published by Harlem Moon in June 2006, Jarrett's second novel has already garnered much attention. In May 2006, SWEET MAGNOLIA was featured in USA TODAY's "Critic's Picks" for summer reading. Additionally, ESSENCE magazine published an article about the novel in July 2006 when it was selected as the third ESSENCE Book Club pick.
Norma Jarrett is the author of SUNDAY BRUNCH and COFFEE TABLE QUOTES FOR THE CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN. She is currently working on her third novel, which will also be released under the Harlem Moon imprint.
Nothing great. Nov 28, 2006
This book was very run of the mill. I could predict everything that eventually happened. None of the characters seemed to leap off of the pages. I didn't find the novel to have very much depth. I like books that are page turners where I'm anticipating a character's next move, and that was not the case here.
Started out slow... Aug 23, 2006
this book started out slowly and gradually gained my attention; if you have a sibling - specifically a sister and things aren't so good between you - this book will speak to your heart - i enjoyed it.
A Breath of Fresh Air Aug 5, 2006
Like the smell of sweet magnolias, reading one chapter just wasn't enough. Summer and Misa are sisters who have seen their share of pain. How they deal with the pain is like night and day. One sister sees life through rose colored glasses, while the other likes to chase away the bad things with living a fast life. Both learn that they must learn to trust God in all areas of their lives. The main setting is New Orleans. Jarrett's descriptions make you feel as if you're right there with the characters. This is one book I highly recommend.