A Novel

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"Set against the backdrop of America emerging from World War I, Cakewalk provides an entertaining look at a small town straddling the Mason Dixon line, where the townsfolk remain split between good and bad, or love and sex, or male and female, or politics and sobriety, and the inimitable, irrepressible, distinctly free-thinking Hunsenmier sisters, Louise and Julia--otherwise known as Wheezie and Jutz--and their wide circle of equally indelible friends."--
Publisher: New York :, Bantam Books,, [2016]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9780553392654
Branch Call Number: FIC BROW
Characteristics: xiv, 301 pages : illustration ; 24 cm


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Katherine_A Nov 30, 2017

This is the first book I have read by this author. What a fun story. I loved the characters and found myself laughing out loud at Juts and her friends daring antics. I look forward to reading the other books in this series.

coroboreefarm Feb 28, 2017

Known primarily as the creator of cosy mysteries set in the undulating , rural Virginia landscape, and featuring a variety of anthropomorphic creatures including horses, cats, dogs and foxes, the prolific writer Rita Mae Brown is also the creator of another lively series chronicling life in the small southern town of Runnymede. The Runnymede series features a variety of outrageous characters who exhibit views of life, love politics and religion that can be as divided as the town is by the Mason-Dixon Line that runs right through it. Cakewalk is the latest in the Runnymede series.

Cakewalk is set in the simple, hopeful era at the end of World War I moving into the Roaring Twenties. Primarily focusing on the remarkable Hunsenmeir sisters, Louise and Juts, the book also features a perfectly drawn ensemble cast of towns people whose exploits add to the general hilarity. ALthough generally uplifting, the book also makes reference to more serious issues of the time, including Prohibition and Woman's Sufferage.

As always, Rita Mae Brown injects her own social commentary into her writing. This time she focuses on issues of female sexuality and societal expectations surrounding it.

Warm and funny, this will appeal to readers of Fannie Flagg. Although Cakewalk is part of a series, it reads perfectly as a stand alone novel.


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