Cakewalk by Rita Mae Brown
A Novel

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As lovely a thought as that last sentence conveys, Cakewalk does not rank among Ms. Brown’s best. It is, as she promises, a lackadaisical thing. A sweet enough book, but one in which it seems as if the sentences evaporate as soon as you read them.
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Continuing in the exuberant tradition of Six of One, Bingo, and Loose Lips, New York Times bestselling author Rita Mae Brown returns to her much-loved fictional hamlet of Runnymede, whose memorable citizens are welcoming both the end of the Great War and the beginning of a new era.
 
The night a riot breaks out at the Capitol Theater movie house—during a Mary Pickford picture, no less—you can bet that the Hunsenmeir sisters, Louise and Julia, are nearby. Known locally as Wheezie and Juts, the inimitable, irrepressible, distinctly freethinking sisters and their delightful circle of friends are coming of age in a shifting world—and are determined to understand their place in it. Across town, the well-to-do Chalfonte siblings are preparing for the upcoming wedding of brother Curtis. But for youngest sister Celeste, the celebration brings about a change she never expected and a lesson about love she’ll not soon forget.
 
Set against the backdrop of America emerging from World War I, Cakewalk is an outrageous and affecting novel about a small town where ideas of sin and virtue, love and sex, men and women, politics and religion, can be as divided as the Mason-Dixon Line that runs right through it—and where there’s no problem that can’t be cured by a good yarn and an even better scotch. With her signature Southern voice, Rita Mae Brown deftly weaves generations of family stories into a spirited patchwork quilt of not-so-simple but joyously rich life.
 
Praise for Rita Mae Brown’s Runnymede novels
 
Six of One
 
“Joyous, passionate and funny.”—The Washington Post Book World
 
“No matter how quirky or devilish, Brown’s people cavort in an atmosphere of tenderness. . . . It is refreshing to encounter this celebration of human energy.”—Chicago Sun-Times
 
Bingo
 
“Genuinely funny.”—Los Angeles Times
 
“Vividly drawn characters . . . and tart, loving humor.”—Self
 
Loose Lips
 
“Surprises . . . come from Rita Mae Brown’s comic timing and her affection for eccentrics.”—The Seattle Times
 
“[Brown] does an admirable job of portraying the effects World War II has one  small American town.”—The Arizona Republic
 

About Rita Mae Brown

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Rita Mae Brown is the bestselling author of the Sneaky Pie Brown series; the Sister Jane series; the first two books in her new Nevada series: A Nose for Justice and Murder Unleashed; Rubyfruit Jungle; In Her Day; and Six of One, as well as several other novels. An Emmy-nominated screenwriter and a poet, Brown lives in Afton, Virginia.Sneaky Pie Brown, a tiger cat born somewhere in Albemarle County, Virginia, was discovered by Rita Mae Brown at her local SPCA. They have collaborated on twenty previous Mrs. Murphy mysteries: Wish You Were Here; Rest in Pieces; Murder at Monticello; Pay Dirt; Murder, She Meowed; Murder on the Prowl; Cat on the Scent; Pawing Through the Past; Claws and Effect; Catch as Cat Can; The Tail of the Tip-Off; Whisker of Evil; Cat's Eyewitness; Sour Puss; Puss 'n Cahoots; The Purrfect Murder; Santa Clawed; Cat of the Century; Hiss of Death; and The Big Cat Nap, in addition to Sneaky Pie's Cookbook for Mystery Lovers.
 
Published October 18, 2016 by Bantam. 320 pages
Genres: History, Gay & Lesbian, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Vinton Rafe McCabe on Oct 17 2016

As lovely a thought as that last sentence conveys, Cakewalk does not rank among Ms. Brown’s best. It is, as she promises, a lackadaisical thing. A sweet enough book, but one in which it seems as if the sentences evaporate as soon as you read them.

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