Buckhead, Georgia's executive wife, Lin Scott, moves back to her small home town in Georgia after discovering that her husband has spent all of their money and is engaged to a 23 year old stripper, even though he is still married to Lin. The ghosts of the Southern past are deep in her small town of Mimosa Branch. Corruption, love, spiritality, lust, acceptance of people that have changed and aging family members are just a few of the things Lin has to deal wih upon her return to Mimosa Branch. Along the way, she falls for her pharmacist boss while also studying for her Real Estate License. When Lin discovers that racism and elitism, along with corrupt politics is still alive and active in Mimosa Branch, she begins to plot how she can change those things about her small town. Lin goes from being a housewife and mother to a political activist that goes against Mimosa Branch's good ole' boy network. She learns many truths about herself, comes to terms with her life, and learns to truly love her family and friends. Lin grows into a beautiful person full of confidence.
This report prepared by Lanie Ligon
St. Martin's, Oct 2002, 24.95, 352 pp.
At nineteen, she married Phil to flee her controlling mother who told her never to come back. Now turning fifty, Linwood Breedlove Scott is an ex wife as Phil deserted her for a stripper taking their life savings with him. With no place to go, Lin returns to the family home in Mimosa Branch, Georgia. Her first sight as she parks near the house is seeing her Alzheimer's victimized Uncle Bedford running outside wearing only Depends. That might be tough to deal with, but Lin loves her uncle and will help care for him. Her mother Miss Mamie with her “I told you so” will be more difficult to contend with.
However, Lin refuses to bury herself in pity or even in a proper southern woman's cocoon as defined by Miss Mamie. Instead Lin obtains a job at the drugstore and finds herself attracted to her boss Grant Owens. His butt is so tight, pennies could not fall out, but the new Lin decides to loosen his change as she begins the seduction of Grant.
The QUEEN BEE OF MIMOSA BRANCH is a witty look at a woman struggling to find herself though she is middle age. The tale works best when Lin provides amusing acerbic asides to the reader that focus on what she wants, which is often opposite of what she does. Thought the tale turns into a warm buttercup near the end, fans of small town Southern living seen filtered through the eyes of a former practitioner will gain plenty of delectation from Haywood Smith's hilarious slice of life.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner