The Education of Dixie Dupree.

Author:Waggoner, Susan
Position:Audiobook review

Donna Everhart and Amy Melissa Bentley (narrator); THE EDUCATION OF DIXIE DUPREE; Tantor Audio (Fiction: General) 29.99 ISBN: 9781515964698

Byline: Susan Waggoner

The Education of Dixie Dupree is a compelling tale of survival, convincingly driven by the voice of Dixie herself.

Fans of southern fiction take note: The Education of Dixie Dupree by Donna Everhart combines atmosphere, skilled narrative, and a strong central character to deliver a memorable -- if often harrowing -- coming-of-age novel.

Set in small-town Alabama in 1969, Dixie's reality is more Old South than new, a place where stretches of poverty remain untouched by social programs and each unhappy family is left to be unhappy in its own way. The story is told in diary form by eleven-year-old Dixie, youngest in a family of four that exhibits every form dysfunction imaginable.

Although the abuse is piled on a little too thick, the book is saved from being a mere parade of lament by well-developed characters. Neither Dixie's mother, older brother, nor father are one-dimensional villains, or beyond the reach sympathy. Rather, all suffer even as they inflict suffering on others. Dixie's well-earned reputation as a liar stems more from her need to fabricate a...

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