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American Ghost: A Novel
by Janis Owens

Published: 2013-03-12
Paperback : 304 pages
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Jolie Hoyt is a good Southern girl living in Hendrix, a small Florida Panhandle town. All too aware of her family’s closet full of secrets and long-held distrust of outsiders, Jolie throws caution to the wind when she meets Sam Lense, a Jewish anthropology student from Miami, who is in ...
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Jolie Hoyt is a good Southern girl living in Hendrix, a small Florida Panhandle town. All too aware of her family’s closet full of secrets and long-held distrust of outsiders, Jolie throws caution to the wind when she meets Sam Lense, a Jewish anthropology student from Miami, who is in town to study the ethnic makeup of the region.

Jolie and Sam fall recklessly in love, but their affair ends abruptly when Sam is discovered to have pried too deeply into Hendrix’s dark racial history and he becomes the latest victim in a long tradition of small-town violence. Twelve years later, Jolie and Sam are forced to revisit the unresolved issues of their young love and finally shed light on the ugly history of Jolie’s hometown. A complex and compulsively readable Southern saga, American Ghost is a richly woven exploration of how the events of our past haunt our present.

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Who put the fingers on Jolie's porch?
Was Hugh gay?
by vrtikapa (see profile) 08/30/13

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American Ghost Book Club Experience
by vrtikapa (see profile) 08/30/13
We had members bring many of the recipes listed in the back of the book: chicken Fangers, Deviled Eggs, Wilted Country Salad, Hors d\\\'oeuvre Pie, Sweet Potato Cream Pie, Orange Slice Cake, and Dilly Bars. We used red bandanas for decoration (in honor of Jolie\\\'s bathing suit), served Cherry Bounce in mason jars for refreshments. I like to send everyone home with a reminder of the book and I gave everyone a travel sized bottle of gin with a \\\"finger\\\" in it. We had a great time!

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  "Southern Ghosts Hanging Around"by vrtikapa (see profile) 08/30/13

This book had a great start, but kind of lost me towards the end. Felt like some of the intriguing parts were too neatly and quickly wrapped up, with not many "ah-ha" moments.

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  "An enjoyable book"by StaceyFowler (see profile) 08/28/13

This is not a Pulitzer Prize winning book but I did enjoy it. I found it interesting learning about "cracker society". I grew up in the North East and have lived in Gainesville, Fl and Tal... (read more)

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