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Fatal Flowers: On Sin, Sex, and Suicide in the Deep South Book Review Summary

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Poet and author Daniell presents a portrait of life in the South -- particularly of women in the South: her mother, herself, and other women older and younger -- under the lash of traditional religious values and gender roles. Her father was an alcoholic and her mother became mentally ill and physically abusive. Daniell went through three marriages, countless male lovers, and a few female lovers as well, to get beyond the limits of her upbringing. This memoir and sociological study is a genteel horror story, the underside of Florence King's hilarious books about Southern psycho-sexual mores.
The review of this Book prepared by David Loftus








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Plot & Themes

Kids growing up/acting up?    -   Yes Kids:    -   trouble in high school    -   boozing    -   seducing/being seduced    -   rebelling against parent's expectations    -   first sexual experience Ethnic/Relig. of subject (inside)    -   Christian    -   American (south) Gender/Class story?    -   woman's story If this is a culture clash:    -   family young v. old guard Ethnic/regional/gender    -   Yes

Subject of Biography

Gender    -   Female Profession/status:    -   writer Ethnicity    -   White Nationality    -   American

Setting

How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South City?    -   Yes City:    -   wealthy    -   rude people    -   New Orleans Small town?    -   Yes Small town people:    -   sinister, like an X-Files Gomer Pyle    -   nice, like Andy/Opie/Aunt Bee Misc setting    -   Fancy Mansion    -   resort/hotel Century:    -   1930's-1950's

Writing Style

Book makes you feel?    -   challenged    -   like laughing Graphic sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   descript. of nude males (the big P)    -   licking    -   impregnation/reproduction    -   descript. of female anat. (the big B's)    -   lesbians!    -   actual description of hetero sex    -   descript. of female anat. (the big V) Pictures/Illustrations?    -   None How much dialogue in bio?    -   little dialog How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?    -   0-25% of book

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