Day 10: A book that reminds me of home...

 

Eating The Cheshire Cat by Helen Ellis

 

Most people would look at southern Alabama and think we're a bunch of hicks. Let me correct your thinking - that's Mississippi. Along the coast, we've got conservative Republicans, private schools, high school sororities, and ... drum roll, please ... debutantes. Anyone that has read a historical romance knows a debutante is a young woman of class being introduced to high society. We have legit balls, where women are put into poofy ball gowns and men wear tuxedos, and they promenade around the ballroom on display like prize cattle. We drive Lexus and Range Rover, we vacay in Aspen, and we all have boats. And we have something called "Springhill Moms" - they're the kind of woman that lives vicariously through her children and pushes them harder than they do themselves - to be the best, to look the best, the marry the best. It's a terrifying place to grow up and this is a terrifying book because it captures these people so perfectly.