The Wilde Women
By Paula Wall At every crossroad in life, there is always one right choice.
Inevitably, Wilde woman go left.
Fidela abandons a good man at the altar, damning him to a life of hate and bitterness; Lorna prefers to spend her time bedding other women's fiancés instead of raising her own daughters; and Kat betrays her sister Pearl, who runs away heartbroken only to return three years later to unleash her revenge in the form of a whorehouse. But, as the residents of Five Points, Tennessee, are quick to point out -- what else would you expect from the women who share the last name Wilde?
In Paula Wall's saucy southern novel, a town beaten down by the Depression is brought back to life by the bad blood boiling between Kat and Pearl Wilde. While one sister builds a business based on pleasing men, the other builds a life hell-bent on pleasing herself. Trapped between the fiery women are the men that desire them, the town that loves to hate them, and the spirits that haunt them.
Although it explores serious themes -- hate and forgiveness, love and betrayal, living up to a father's expectations and living down a mother's curse, The Wilde Women
is an untamed, sassy read by an author who "has the southerner's warm gift for metaphor and a northerner's cool aptitude for telling it like it is" (Kirkus Reviews). Questions and Topics for Discussion:
1. "The sins of the mot