Burnt Mountain by Anne Rivers Siddons


5 Critic Reviews

With anemic characters and many unresolved story lines, Siddons takes on too much and does too little with it.
-Publishers Weekly


From one of our most acclaimed writers comes this dramatic tale of a well-born Southern woman whose life is forever changed by the betrayal of her mother and by the man she loves

Growing up, the only place tomboy Thayer Wentworth felt at home was at her summer camp - Camp Sherwood Forest in the North Carolina Mountains. It was there that she came alive and where she met Nick Abrams, her first love...and first heartbreak.

Years later, Thayer marries Aengus, an Irish professor, and they move into her deceased grandmother's house in Atlanta, only miles from Camp Edgewood on Burnt Mountain where her father died years ago in a car accident. There, Aengus and Thayer lead quiet and happy lives until Aengus is invited up to the camp to tell old Irish tales to the campers. As Aengus spends less time at home and becomes more distant, Thayer must confront dark secrets-about her mother, her first love, and, most devastating of all, her husband.

About Anne Rivers Siddons

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OFF SEASON is Anne Rivers Siddons's 17th novel. Her previous bestselling novels include Sweetwater Creek, Islands, Nora Nora, Low Country, Up Island, Fault Lines, Downtown, Hill Towns, Colony, Outer Banks, King's Oak, Peachtree Road, Homeplace, Fox's Earth, The House Next Door, and Heartbreak Hotel. She is also the author of a work of nonfiction, John Chancellor Makes Me Cry. She and her husband, Heyward, split their time between their home in Charleston, SC and Brooklin, ME. For more information, visit www.anneriverssiddons.net.
Published July 1, 2011 by Grand Central Publishing. 336 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Above average
on Jun 06 2011

Siddons is at her usual incisive best at skewering the mores of socially pretentious Southerners, and her prose is limpid and mesmerizing, but the grand gignol denouement beggars belief.

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Publishers Weekly

Below average
on May 16 2011

With anemic characters and many unresolved story lines, Siddons takes on too much and does too little with it.

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Book Reporter

on Jul 01 2011

Anne Rivers Siddons stands out as a wordsmith, selecting each word perfectly in context, giving the reader the very best opportunity to extract the most emotion and meaning from the story.

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RT Book Reviews

Below average
Reviewed by Donna Carter on Mar 30 2013

Thayer is a somewhat annoying heroine since she never seems to develop any personal strength, and many of the secondary characters are little more than stereotypes.

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The Roanoke Times

on Jul 24 2011

Siddons has returned to classic form in this work. The author gives a strong story with solid characters while offering commentary about the Southern way of life, both good and bad.

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