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The two main occupations in Limoges, Louisiana (population: 905), seem to be spreading juicy gossip and consoling the unfortunate with casseroles. And in this early spring of 1952, there is ample opportunity for both with sixteen-year-old and pregnant (by the Baptist minister) Olive Nepper, currently languishing in a coma after drinking pop laced with rose poison. But the The two main occupations in Limoges, Louisiana (population: 905), seem to be spreading juicy gossip and consoling the unfortunate with casseroles. And in this early spring of 1952, there is ample opportunity for both with sixteen-year-old and pregnant (by the Baptist minister) Olive Nepper, currently languishing in a coma after drinking pop laced with rose poison. But the plight of Olive and her family is hardly the only story spicing up the rumor mill in this small Southern community of unpredictable eccentrics, wandering husbands, and unsatisfied wives and few local sins will be put right by home cooking. From Michael Lee West comes a beautifully rendered portrait of small-town Southern life, filled with humanity that brilliantly weaves comedy with dark calamity. ...

Title : She Flew the Coop: A Novel Concerning Life, Death, Sex and Recipes in Limoges, Louisiana
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ISBN : 9780060926205
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Number of Pages : 400 Pages
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She Flew the Coop: A Novel Concerning Life, Death, Sex and Recipes in Limoges, Louisiana Reviews

  • Joan Eisenstodt
    2018-07-25 03:57

    And the story goes on .. this time, recipes included. A book I did not want to end.. or to which I wanted a sequel.

  • chanceofbooks
    2018-08-16 07:59

    This is the perfect book for fans of Steel Magnolias and Fried Green Tomatoes and other great triumphs of Southern drama/comedy literature. It's a sprawling novel featuring almost a dozen POV's and a great deal of time is spent in back story and flashback, but it all works thanks to West's engaging style where one can almost hear the Southern narrators spinning their tales (I read this book, but I would bet that this would be an AWESOME audio book or read-aloud book for a road trip). With so many characters and a host of homey recipes, this would be a great book-club book. So many books that do recipes feel like they are adding them because they are the trendy thing right now and the recipes really don't bear any relation to the plot. Here, the recipes are an absolutely essential part of the story, and I particularly like where they are just woven right into the narrative. In many cases the recipe cuts to heart of the character in a beautiful way, and many of the recipes are very, very simple things--three or four ingredients, totally fitting this time and place.

  • Haley Mcphail
    2018-08-02 04:51

    Highly recommended for anyone with a crazy southern family.

  • Heidi
    2018-07-29 05:12

    A fun summer read - this book also contains yummy recipes in between the chapters

  • Crystal
    2018-08-11 05:03

    I laughed out loud so much I read this a second time!

  • C.
    2018-07-19 08:46

    When Michael Lee West writes, she writes in a way that places the reader inside the story. When I started reading, She Flew The Coop, it was like riding in a car and seeing the sign - Welcome to Limoges, LA, and from there I was introduced to the residents, one by one. The cast of characters are engaging, at times inspiring and sometimes, infuriating.I thoroughly enjoyed this book so much that I've ordered two more of Michael's books and I can't wait to read them. This story concerns a young girl named Olive. The town folk can't figure out why she drank her mother's rose poison with a Nehi soda. As Olive lays in the hospital in a coma, we meet her mother, Vangie, a tender hearted soul who really tries her best in whatever she sets her mind to. We meet her husband, Henry, and her maid, Sophie. Henry is a handful and Sophie is strong and capable. Next in line are the neighbors, the gossip, Harriet and the undertaker, Cab who is a hit with the widows of Limoges, and the Baptist minister, Kirby, who everyone seems to adore. We meet all of the crazy people of Limoges and watch them mix.This is a wonderful, small town story full of recipes, humor and adventure. As I read this book, I was like a resident who had an opinion of everyone else, such as each person who resides in this small Louisiana town.This is a fun book that's a little on the dicey side as some of the people in Limoges cannot seem to control themselves, but it's a part of the story that Michael Lee West has woven together to make an unforgettable book filled with everyday heroes and losers alike.

  • Tasha enderby
    2018-07-23 11:04

    My dear good friend pointed out to me just earlier that this type of book is not my reading style and you know when I thought about it she was right. I was very surprised that by the time it was over I was glad to see Henry Nepper get his just desserts and the DeeDee women end up in the same situation as her poor husband who did nothing but love her. There was a lot of sad things that happen in this book and things that will make you blush it's got some real honesty in the words. I enjoyed the story!

  • Lesley
    2018-08-12 03:52

    I read the irst 50 pages. It is well written, but I was raised in the South in the 1950's, so it is a little bit TOO REAL for this reader. I like to be entertained - not reminded!! LOL

  • Denise
    2018-07-24 08:12

    Sophie, I liked the comparison of Sophie's beaten biscuits and her life – I don't think you read too much in it – I think it was right on. And it was accurate with Burr gone she has become something sweet and better. I'm still a little shaky on what happened to their son it touched on it so lightly that I didn't know exactly what happened that led to his death. Sophie was one of my favorite characters. Especially after Burr died and she started living.Henry - I think it was more than `mid-life crisis' that had Henry get up and leave his wife and marry Dee Dee. He wanted his cake and eat it too (another silly cliché that I never understood, just like Henry said, what else are you suppose to do with it, frame the cake and hang it on a wall?) He wanted a maid at home to take care of him and the house and a tart on the side to sleep with and make him feel like he was all that. There's no mid-life crisis about it. He was you typical old school male that thought they could do anything they wanted without repercussions. It probably would have been better (or worse depending on who you asked) if he actually married Dee Dee and watched what happened next – they would have made each other miserable – perfect revenge if you ask me.But he didn't actually leave Vangie until after the daughter died. He kept trying to get her to come back before that. That indicated that it was depression that made him take off to Vegas. He wanted to replace what he lost as soon as possible and that was his opportunity. Eventually he would have been burned regardless if Dee Dee was really pregnant or not. Picture it 5 years later both him and Dee Dee would be cheating on one another. Now at least Billie has a chance to become decent.Edith – I think she didn't want to move back to New York because there she would be just another artist no different than anyone else. At least in the South she got to be eccentric and stand out. People talked about her and excused her for what they thought were crazy ways. It sounded like she had what everyone hoped for when they started out – the perfect fairy tale romance. Maybe that would have changed if her husband lived longer ;)Harriet – She was actually fun she reminded me of Harriet Olsen from Little House on the Prairie mean, gossipy and full of herself. Unfortunately she's too blind and dumb to actually realize that she's a miserable old coot so I don't think she will ever see the problems in herself. And she'll believe that she is always happy and perfect.Dee Dee - She was a product of the time. If she was taught to provide for herself she wouldn't need to chase a man, married or not, to give her what she could have given herself. She was taught that, that was the only option, to find a man to take care of her. She blew it when she found a single man, Renny, so in her mind it would stand to reason that she would have better luck trying to get someone that she knew was a good husband – no matter if it was someone else's husband at least she could fix that. But what I don't understand is why did her aunt let them all stay – why didn't she throw them out instead of putting up with it?Religion was a character in this book too. Actually it was a villain. Most of them used religion as an excuse. An excuse to snub people or gossip about them, an excuse to write notes instead of telling things to the victims face. An excuse to explain why someone was bad, `those nutty Baptists'. Kirby used it to get everything from food and shelter to sex. Methodists used it as an excuse to explain why they were better than the Baptists, the `Amen Baptists' used it to explain why they were better than the rest of the congregation. Harriet used it to justify all of her disgusting actions. This book is a definite explanation of why there are a lot of people out there that don't like organized religion.

  • Stacie (BTR)
    2018-08-08 04:59

    This novel lacked both a main character and a plot (no exaggeration).

  • Amy
    2018-08-10 06:10

    I thought this book would be fluff, but there was a bit more substance than I anticipated. Following the intersecting lives of small town Limogeans in 1952 following an overdose attempt by a teenager now in a coma, the perspective of her parents, lover, housekeeper, and neighbors proved to be as complex, disappointing, and tender as I remember small town living.

  • Darnell Arnoult
    2018-08-08 07:48

    This novel is so good. The storytelling is excellent. I love the play with point of view. Even the town itself works as a character. This is my favorite MLW novel thus far. I highly recommend this book to aspiring fiction writers because it is such a study in emperimentation in POV. It's also just plain good reading.

  • Nelda
    2018-07-29 06:45

    Quote from the book:“If there’d been Baptists in Sodom and Gomorrah, it would’ve burned up a whole lot sooner.”

  • Kylie
    2018-08-11 04:06

    as always awesome!

  • Kim
    2018-08-11 05:58

    Pretty good book! Lots of sex and lots of recipes, very Southern storyline, good beach read!

  • M
    2018-08-11 06:50

    This was a fun, intricate, surprisingly mesmerizing novel about a small town in Louisiana, and I looked forward to reading it every night.

  • Richard
    2018-08-10 05:02

    The best part is the recipe for red beans. I have been using it since I read the book many years ago.

  • Sally
    2018-08-08 04:01

    A novel concerning life, death, sex, and recipes in Limoges,Louisiana. Limoges is a composite of small southern towns. Got more interesting the further I got into it.

  • Allison
    2018-08-02 03:55

    I did not want this book to end.

  • Danielle
    2018-08-12 03:05

    I picked up a copy of She Flew The Coop after reading numerous good reviews for it on goodreads. If you love southern fiction (Sarah Addison Allen, Kathryn Stockett, Fannie Flagg) you will enjoy this book!First of all the book is set in the 1950's in the small town of Limoges, Louisiana. The town is full of quirky characters, some that you will love and some that you will love to hate. The characters I liked the most were Sophie, Cab, Edith, and Vangie. It also is filled with delicious recipes that are woven right into the story line and are true to the time period of the book. To be honest, this book was such a fun read-I did not want it to end! I am hoping there will eventually be a sequel but for now I plan to order all of Michael Lee West's other books!*Michael Lee West: How in the world did you come up with the part that happened between Cab and Cordy? I didn't know whether to laugh or be absolutely mortified. I actually read it to my husband who looked shocked to say the least.

  • Bamboozlepig
    2018-08-07 03:15

    1950s "southern life" story told through a revolving cast of characters, most of whom have some sort of tragedy in their lives. By about the 3/4 mark, it started to drag, so I skimmed to the end. A lot of the story could've been cut and condensed down because several of the characters (like Edith and Cab and Israel) had very little connection to the main plot point in the book, which was Olive Nepper's overdose.

  • Michelle
    2018-07-26 04:11

    Taking place in a small town in Limoges, Louisiana in the 1950's, this novel revolves around the Nepper family. Daughter Olive has just taken poison in a Nehi soda and is in a coma in desperation regarding her pregnancy by the preacher. Her father, owner of the drug store, is having an affair with his counter assistant, Dee Dee, and her mother is adrift in her life. As friends and neighbors rally around Olive's situation, we meet the friends and neighbors. Sophie is the black maid for many in town, dealing with her abusive husband, Edith, neighbor and widowed sister-in-law from New York who has had a hard time fitting in with Southern society, and Harriet, the nosy busy-body neighbor. Other characters include a Romeo of an undertaker, and the oily preacher. While initially the story seems to be about Olive, its heart is all about her mother Vangie and how she begins to rebuild her lifer after the dual traumas of Olive and her husband Henry. Full of quirky Southern characters who have their faults and high points, this tale takes us through a journey where justice is meted out along the way, ending on a fairly satisfying note.

  • Susan
    2018-08-05 04:14

    The first 363 pages were fantastic. Limoges is presented to you in technicolor detail, right down to the curtains hanging in kitchens. You can see everything in your mind's eye. The characters are fully fleshed out - nothing is missing. The plot meanders here and there, just like Southern book plots tend to do, and again, the pace is perfect. In the last 20 pages, time hurries up, the plot speeds along into territory that makes no sense, and the ending is messily wrapped in gaudy wrapping paper and tied with a double-knotted bow of mismatched ribbon. It was like a dream where you hate how it ended in your sleep, so you spend 10 minutes in bed reworking the ending so it's just that much better. That is how this book ended - after I finished, I spent the next 10 minutes rewriting MY ending to it - one that would do justice to the 300 pages that came before it.

  • Blaine DeSantis
    2018-07-19 09:52

    A 3.5*** for me. This book dragged in the beginning, but about halfway through it picked up steam.An interesting novel about a small town in Louisiana and all the events that occurred in the summer of 1952. From pregnant teens, to shadowy ministers, to philandering fathers, oblivious mothers, abused women, kind hearted friends, gossipy neighbors and the local floosy this book has something for everyone. Torn as to whether I liked this book more than her other effort "Crazy Ladies" at one point I almost put it down, but in the end I was glad I forged ahead. I am not too sure how realistic all of the book was since Limoges, LA was only a town of 905 people, but the stories could certainly have come from many a small town anywhere in the US.

  • Holly
    2018-08-18 03:52

    Set in Limoges, LA in 1952. The story opens with 16 year old Olive Nepper pouring rose poison into her Nehi Soda in a suicide attempt. Then you get the viewpoint/back story of the moment from about 8 different people in the town- the Baptist preacher, Olive's father & his lover, Olive's mother, the housekeeper, the undertaker, etc..The viewpoints don't always solely revolve around Olive but by the end of the book all the threads come together for a nice ending. My favorite quote from the book is:“If there’d been Baptists in Sodom and Gomorrah, it would’ve burned up a whole lot sooner.” A lovely story about life in a small town, recipe's included!

  • mandyfujita
    2018-07-25 10:53

    i thought that each female character had a very hard matter if they were rich or poor, they had a hard life being a female.the maid that kept being beat up by her crazy husband was a bit muchfor me. it turned me off for the author being so descriptive about the beatings. i guess it happens that pastors or ministers take advantageof such young girls. nothing to keep them busy and no one to look up to.sad, but true in small towns. it was sick to find out that the soldier tookthe place of the real priest. i guess that was one way of going awall.

  • Ric
    2018-07-27 11:04

    I bought this book a long time ago and apparently it ended up in the bookcase before I read it. I found it looking for something else and decided not to put it of any .longer. It is southern fiction in its best form. I enjoyed the pov of the many different characters and while I can't say the ending was to my liking, I enjoyed the read up until then. I just would have rather it ended a little differently, but the author did pull together all the storylines and tie it up neatly. If you like southern fiction find a copy and read it, I don't think you'll be sorry.

  • Judi
    2018-08-14 05:54

    Although this book was written in 1994, I had not heard of it until a friend gave it to me. It is a funny and irreverent book that goes from dark tragedy to comedy. It depicts the every day life in the fictional tiny town of Limoges, Louisiana in 1952. The characters are eccentric, full of gossip, and believable...full of life. The promo on the book cover says 'A Novel Concerning Life, Death, Sex, and Recipes in Limoges, Louisiana', and that says it all. I highly recommend it!

  • Jennifer
    2018-08-16 02:51

    This book involved the gossip-filled lives of some major characters in a small Louisiana town. Interspersed throughout the book are very southern recipes. Each chapter is from a different character's point of view, yet they all follow a chronological progression. The intertwined plots focus on two families in the town - one more affluent and one from the "wrong side of the tracks." It was wonderful to escape to the south and read about the antics and passions of these characters.

  • Kasey
    2018-08-19 09:56

    This book is awful! I read it because of the good rating it has, but I can't figure out how all these people enjoyed it. I'm not hard to please, I read a lot of books and this is the first one I have ever given such a poor rating. I kept with it, hoping something interesting was about to happen, but it never did.