By JOANNA POWELL JONATHAN DURBIN CASSIDY STOCKWELL
January 21, 2008 12:00 PM

by Michael Lee West |

REVIEWED BY CASSIDY STOCKWELL

FICTION

Suffering from writer’s block—and rumors that her director beau is cheating on her—screenwriter Renata DeChavannes flees to her grandmother’s gulf coast estate. But instead of solace, she finds herself seeking answers to old questions—about her troubled childhood, her estranged father and the dead mother she still longs for. West brings humor and an unerring ear for Southern dialect to the proceedings, making her spirited fifth novel a delightful escape.

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