The Three Miss Margarets (eBook)


Description


Miss Peggy, Dr. Maggie, and Miss Li’l Bit, friends and confidantes for nearly a lifetime, find it funny and bewildering that they have become icons in Charles Valley, Georgia. Little does the rest of the town know that beneath the irreproachable façades of its three doyennes lies an explosive decades-old secret that is about to be revealed.

Thirty-odd years ago the three Miss Margarets did something extraordinary, clandestine, and very illegal. Although they are haunted by the night that changed their lives, they believe that their crime was simply a matter of righting an egregious wrong. But when a stranger’s arrival in town and a tragic death open the floodgate of memory, their loyalty, friendship, and honor are tested in ways they could never have imagined—particularly when they have to contend with Laurel Selene, a young woman who has spent her life nursing an alcoholic mother and a huge grudge. Now Laurel is on the verge of discovering what happened the night the three Miss Margarets swore their oath of secrecy. Once she knows, will she reveal the truth about the three women she was raised to despise? Or will she face her own troubled history and put the dark legacy they all share behind them?

The Three Miss Margarets is an irresistible, page-turning exploration of the past and the myriad ways it exerts a hold on the present.


From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author


Louise Shaffer, a graduate of Yale Drama School, has written for television and has appeared on Broadway, in TV movies, and in daytime dramas, earning an Emmy for her work on Ryan’s Hope. Shaffer and her husband live in the Lower Hudson Valley.

Praise for The Three Miss Margarets…


“Rich, funny . . . Fans of Fannie Flagg and Adriana Trigiani, take note. Shaffer has created a little piece of heaven.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer

“A ROMP OF A READ–warm but never smarmy, wise without pretense of profundity. Shaffer tells a good story that’s part mystery but mostly an exploration of loyalty and friendship.”
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

“THE MISS MARGARETS ARE TREASURES . . . Shaffer unfolds the story deftly. . . . Each of the three Miss Margarets is a wonderfully realized character; each has a closely guarded secret life.”
The Boston Globe

“A HIGH LEVEL OF SUSPENSE . . . Drop by this charming Southern town. No doubt you’ll be invited to join the three Margarets
on the veranda and sip sweetened tea, lemonade, or even
Gentleman Jack . . . and enjoy the promise of a good read.”
The Roanoke Times

“PROVOCATIVE . . . A FUN READ. Those who appreciated Steel Magnolias and the ‘Ya Ya Sisters’ will enjoy this closely bonded group of women.”
Anniston Star (AL)

“Louise Shaffer is a magnificent storyteller. She weaves a tale so rich and compelling, you will be unable to put it down. A triumph!”
–ADRIANA TRIGIANI
Author of the Big Stone Gap trilogy

“[A] fine first novel . . . A surprising amount of suspense . . . Shaffer explores the familiar territory of the small-town South, its undying issues of race and class, with insight, humor, and compassion.”
Orlando Sentinel

“I shouldn’t have started The Three Miss Margarets so late in the day, nor kept on reading into the early hours of the morning. But so I did, and a fine, satisfying story it was, too–well worth the loss of sleep.”
–ANN B. ROSS
Author of Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind

“Intriguing . . . The Three Miss Margarets is immensely appealing in its depth of characterization. . . . Readers are sure to enjoy getting to know these women for their strength, daring, and selflessness.”
Times Daily (Florence, AL)

“A can’t-put-it-down Southern tale [with] a good plot and a sense of mystery.”
The Columbus Dispatch

“A SOUTHERN GOTHIC WITH A SENSE OF HUMOR.”
Poughkeepsie Journal

“What a pleasure it is to hear the voice of Louise Shaffer, and all the wonderful characters she brings to life in The Three Miss Margarets. An entire world is splendidly evoked, a gripping mystery heightens the tension, and always we are guided along with great skill by the fresh, funny voice of the author. I loved this book.”
–MARK CHILDRESS
Author of Crazy in Alabama

“The story never lags, leaping back and forth between present and past, showing how much the latter creates the former. Shaffer has a pleasing way with a phrase.”
The Philadelphia Inquirer

“Lively . . . A homey, Southern narrative voice . . . Shaffer has a knack for building complex characters with clever, cutting lines.”
Book magazine

“[A] winning debut . . . The three Miss Margarets are wholly imagined, rich creations whose reticence speaks volumes about their time and place.”
Publishers Weekly

“GLORIOUS . . . A TRIUMPH.”
TV Guide Online

“Thick with mystery and heartbreak and unforgettable characters, The Three Miss Margarets is a story of yearning and love and redemption, of uncommon and unquenchable friendships stretching across race and class, compellingly illuminated by a writer with a razor-keen understanding of the heart.”
–KEN WELLS
Author of Meely LaBauve

The Three Miss Margarets invites readers on a roller-coaster journey spanning three generations of laughter, secrets, and tears.”
Soaps in Depth

“Thrilling . . . [Shaffer] builds into her time-tripping page-turner enough heartbreak and cliffhangers to keep SOAPnet in plot twists for years.”
In Touch Weekly

“Shaffer unravels this tale with skill, building enough sense of foreboding to be enticing as she reveals the backgrounds of the major characters . . . and brings it all to a satisfying conclusion.”
Booklist

THE THREE MISS MARGARETS ARE TREASURES . . . Shaffer unfolds the story deftly and slowly, evoking the climate of racial hatred and class tension that led, many years before, to a series of crimes. Each of the three Miss Margarets is a wonderfully realized character; each has a closely guarded secret life.”
The Boston Globe

Product Details ISBN-13: 9780345478641
Published: Ballantine Books, 08/03/2004
Language: en


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