missjuliaWho wrote this book and when?
Ann B. Ross published this in 1999.

Has there been a film version?
Not that I am aware of.

Who are the important characters?
Miss Julia Springer – a recently widowed woman who has come into her husband’s money
Little Lloyd – her husband’s son through his mistress
Hazel Marie Puckett – Mr. Springer’s mistress
Lillian – Miss Julia’s cook and friend
Sam Murdoch – the executor of Lloyd Springer Sr.’s will, Julia’s friend
Deputy Bates – Miss Julia’s tenant, he works the night shift
Binkie Enloe – Miss Julia’s lawyer
Pastor Larry Ledbetter – the pastor of Miss Julia’s church, after her money
Brother Vern – Little Lloyd Jr’s great-uncle, a sleazy televangelist

What’s it about?
Miss Julia has barely gotten over the shock of finding her proper and unloving husband dead in his Buick when she’s given another shock. A strange woman shows up on her doorstep with a young boy she claims is Mr. Springer’s son. And then she leaves without the boy. Julia realizes she is the only one who didn’t know her husband had a mistress and the boy becomes a catalyst for her to start living her life the way she wants. However, the boy (and Julia’s enormous inheritance from her dead husband) bring more trouble than Julia knows how to deal with. Pretty soon, she’s lying the the police, driving a getaway car, and being checked out for mental stability.

Why is this book a bestseller/classic?
I don’t believe it is either.

Do I recommend you read this book?
Eh. Sure. It’s nothing spectacular, just a jolly good read.

How did this book make my list?
I liked the title.

Has it won any awards?
No.

Favorite quotes:
“He held that women’s duties consisted of covering their heads, their mouths, and their casserole dishes, and I’d done all three about as long as I wanted to.” p 97

Anything else?
Nope.

Personal thoughts:
Following the current of a traditional Southern comedy, this book introduces us to the slightly stereotypical but still humorous Miss Julia. She has a biting tongue that conceals a soft heart and a sense of pride that could rival the Mississippi. But as we watch while her life is thrown into turmoil and she struggles to realize who she really is versus who she wants to be, we’re taken on a ride few get to enjoy. Miss Julia, along with Lillian, Hazel, Sam, and little Lloyd, fight a band of hypocritical Christians, the legal system, and their own demons to find happiness.

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