Sunday, February 22, 2009

The Mighty Queens of Freeville

The Mighty Queens of Freeville by Amy Dickinson

Amy Dickinson is the advice columnist who took over from Ann Landers. This is her story.

Amy is a strong woman surrounded by strong women. When dumped by her husband, Amy had to be strong as she had a young baby. What was she to do? She went back home to her small up-state New York hometown of Freeville and got the love and support of her family. Surprisingly, a family full of women. Divorce is like a contagious disease in her family. Amy's father walked out on her mum, forcing her mother to raise her alone. There are only a few males in the family.

This is the story of Amy's failures and successes. She has had many jobs and has been in London, Washington, D.C. and Chicago. But home is where her heart is and she has continued to maintain a house in Freeville. She returns on weekends and for the summer, sometimes driving ten hours to get there. Her family all lives within a 10 house radius.

The book depicts the growing up of Amy's daughter, Emily until she leaves for college. Amy recounts her trials and tribulations with a great sense of humour. From moving with a giant orange tabby to teaching Sunday school and making peanut Jesuses, The stories are insightful and downright funny.

First Line: "One December day in the mid 1980s, I looked out the front window of my mother's house and watched my soon-to-be husband walking up the road."

The Mighty Queens of Freeville at Chapters


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