Title: Aunt Sookie & Me: The Sordid Tale of a Scandalous Southern Belle
Author: Michael Scott Garvin
Narrator: Angie Hickman
Run Time: 10 hours and 50 minutes
Category: Literary Fiction, Humor/Satire, Historical (1960s)
At a Glance: This novel was pretty much pure genius, but the narration by Angie Hickman managed to take it to a whole new level.
Reviewed By: Sammy
Blurb: Young Poppy Wainwright feels much like a deck of cards, shuffled around from a boozing mother to a beloved grandmother. Finally bussed to Savannah, Georgia, to live with her grandmother’s cantankerous sister, Sookie. Through the enlightened eyes of a 13-year-old girl, the hilarity and insanity ensues.
From the best-selling author of A Faithful Son comes this rollicking romp of a ride that does not disappoint.
Aunt Sookie & Me: The Sordid Tale of a Scandalous Southern Belle is irreverent, hilarious, and heartbreaking. All political correctness is buried alongside the dead corpse in the family vegetable garden in this riotous book. But don’t let the folksy and fresh recipe fool you, Garvin serves up a big helping of reality, cutting through small-town bigotry and bias.
Review: Oh my lands, this novel… What a treasure! Michael Scott Garvin gives us a hilariously poignant look at the life of one Poppy Wainwright and her hateful, loveable, irascible Aunt Sookie in his novel Aunt Sookie & Me: The Sordid Tale of a Scandalous Southern Belle. After being dumped on her grandmother by a drug addicted, drunk of a mother, Poppy makes do. Her life has been and probably always will be rather hard, but Poppy is nothing if not a pragmatist and tends to look for the best in most situations. When her grandmother passes away, Poppy is shuffled off to her Aunt Sookie, whose favorite pastimes appear to be shooting her BB gun at the neighbor boys and tending her garden. She tries to keep Poppy under wraps from the prying, do-gooding eyes of the Southern women who want nothing more than to take the precious child under their wings—until the dark secrets begin to spill and there aren’t enough “amens” to make it right.
This novel was pretty much pure genius, but the narration by Angie Hickman managed to take it to a whole new level. With a gentle Southern cadence that was as dry as a Sunday afternoon in the middle of August, Ms. Hickman makes Sookie and Poppy come alive. From there we meet a host of characters—even the preacher—and delight in the way Hickman lets this fantastic story just roll off the tongue.
With a variety of voicings and subtle humor, Hickman lets the pacing of this story reflect the warm South in all its bias and glory. I’m not sure how Angie Hickman could make Poppy more lovable, more intuitive and wiser beyond her years, yet with just the talents of her voice, her knack for knowing how to use a pause effectively, and imitating the perfect Southern drawl, this narrator is just spot-on and delightful.
You can buy Aunt Sookie & Me here:
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2 thoughts on “Audio Review and Giveaway: Aunt Sookie & Me by Michael Scott Garvin ~ Narrated by Angie Hickman”
Congrats on the audio release =)
Sounds very intriguing!