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In the deep South, where love and hatred run deep and close, dissension often summers just beneath the surface.When a family gathers for a funeral as its old homestead above the waters of Mobile Bay, it must carry out the last wish of the aunt and sister whom it has come to mourn. It is a wish that will unearth a terrible secret, one that will either tear her siblings and In the deep South, where love and hatred run deep and close, dissension often summers just beneath the surface.When a family gathers for a funeral as its old homestead above the waters of Mobile Bay, it must carry out the last wish of the aunt and sister whom it has come to mourn. It is a wish that will unearth a terrible secret, one that will either tear her siblings and their offspring apart or allow them to accept buried memories, wounds , and love. In This and Magic Life, Anne Carroll George has created as brilliant portrait of a Southern family in all its glory, captured in a moment of searing intensity and lyric truth. Rich with wisdom and deep understanding this compelling saga the twentieth century -- and tells a story that is truly timeless.


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In the deep South, where love and hatred run deep and close, dissension often summers just beneath the surface.When a family gathers for a funeral as its old homestead above the waters of Mobile Bay, it must carry out the last wish of the aunt and sister whom it has come to mourn. It is a wish that will unearth a terrible secret, one that will either tear her siblings and In the deep South, where love and hatred run deep and close, dissension often summers just beneath the surface.When a family gathers for a funeral as its old homestead above the waters of Mobile Bay, it must carry out the last wish of the aunt and sister whom it has come to mourn. It is a wish that will unearth a terrible secret, one that will either tear her siblings and their offspring apart or allow them to accept buried memories, wounds , and love. In This and Magic Life, Anne Carroll George has created as brilliant portrait of a Southern family in all its glory, captured in a moment of searing intensity and lyric truth. Rich with wisdom and deep understanding this compelling saga the twentieth century -- and tells a story that is truly timeless.

30 review for This One and Magic Life: A Novel of a Southern Family

  1. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Drinkard

    I knew Anne George well. We were in the Alabama State Poetry Society together when she was elected Poet of the Year. I was fortunate to have some of my poetry published by her Druid Press' Oktoberfest edition. I've sat with her in her kitchen and enjoyed her cooking. She was a wonderful woman, a gifted writer and a wonderful poet. When I posted my review of "This One And Magic Life," she said I was the only person to comment on the leitmotif of rebirth. Following is my review from several years a I knew Anne George well. We were in the Alabama State Poetry Society together when she was elected Poet of the Year. I was fortunate to have some of my poetry published by her Druid Press' Oktoberfest edition. I've sat with her in her kitchen and enjoyed her cooking. She was a wonderful woman, a gifted writer and a wonderful poet. When I posted my review of "This One And Magic Life," she said I was the only person to comment on the leitmotif of rebirth. Following is my review from several years ago. I first became familiar with Anne's work in her poetry. For those who love her books; seek out her poetry, too. It,too, is filled with the magic of "common" things made special. "Magic Life" is her poetry and her prose entwined. She uses the quintessential Southern gathering,the death and funeral of a relative, as her backdrop. She then opens the memories and lives of the participants, showing how past and present are bound,inextricably,together. The characters are familiar people to many of us, especially those of us who are Southerners. We almost all have relatives that mirror the attractive as well as the unattractive attributes of the people we meet at family's gathering after Artie's Death. I have yet to read a review that mentions what rang as such a powerful theme to me: the continuity of souls... of rebirth. Anne has subtly interwoven the idea of renewal into the story of a funeral. The only mysteries in this book are those that are deep in the hearts of all mankind. Anne presents these in an accessible manner. She had a genius for such things. Readers are lucky to experience the fun of her wit and sense of hilarity in the Southern Sisters novels and the deep beauty her soul in "Magic Life."

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer K

    Anne was a dear personal friend. She sent this book to me shortly before her death. She told me that she felt that it was her best work and referred to it as her book about forgiveness. It has been a very long time since a book has moved me so deeply. I recommend it highly. Don't expect to find the wonderful, silly Southern Sisters anywhere in these pages. DO expect to find grace in all its guises-- as beauty, as elegance and, yes, Anne, as forgiveness and redemption. It grieves me that we lost Anne was a dear personal friend. She sent this book to me shortly before her death. She told me that she felt that it was her best work and referred to it as her book about forgiveness. It has been a very long time since a book has moved me so deeply. I recommend it highly. Don't expect to find the wonderful, silly Southern Sisters anywhere in these pages. DO expect to find grace in all its guises-- as beauty, as elegance and, yes, Anne, as forgiveness and redemption. It grieves me that we lost this magnificent writer before she could write more books like this one. DO read her poetry, as well.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Book Concierge

    2.5** When Artie Sullivan’s final wishes are revealed, her deeply Catholic family members are stunned. Her twin, Donnie, and younger brother, Hektor, along with other relatives and friends are emotionally reeling, and frequently lost in reverie. They all expected she would leave her home to her niece Dolly. No real surprise there, though they can’t imagine that Dolly will want to leave her job in Atlanta to live in the large beach-front home. What they can’t understand is why Artie would ask to b 2.5** When Artie Sullivan’s final wishes are revealed, her deeply Catholic family members are stunned. Her twin, Donnie, and younger brother, Hektor, along with other relatives and friends are emotionally reeling, and frequently lost in reverie. They all expected she would leave her home to her niece Dolly. No real surprise there, though they can’t imagine that Dolly will want to leave her job in Atlanta to live in the large beach-front home. What they can’t understand is why Artie would ask to be cremated and her ashes scattered in Mobile Bay. George has crafted some wonderful passages that lend wonderful Southern flavor to this slim novel. Her story includes humor along with grief. Family members own up to buried feelings of insecurity or jealousy. It sounds like a really good book, but somehow the whole thing just doesn’t gel. The chapters jump back and forth in time, revisiting long-dead members of the family; George then further confuses the reader by having those “ghosts” appear in various current-day scenes. There’s a hint of a long-kept secret that barely gets revealed and doesn’t really get explored. It would be fine for a beach book, but I don’t think there’s enough here for a meaningful discussion.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Marleen

    What a little gem of a book this is. The story drew me in from the first page and I wish this story never ended. On top of that it’s wonderfully written. What touched me so much is that I could feel that real sense of connection between the siblings, Artie, Donnie (twins) and Hektor, and the rest of the family. It couldn’t have felt more real. I felt drawn into these family dynamics; the shared memories, the childhood secrets. This author has such amazing talent into bringing southern voices, so What a little gem of a book this is. The story drew me in from the first page and I wish this story never ended. On top of that it’s wonderfully written. What touched me so much is that I could feel that real sense of connection between the siblings, Artie, Donnie (twins) and Hektor, and the rest of the family. It couldn’t have felt more real. I felt drawn into these family dynamics; the shared memories, the childhood secrets. This author has such amazing talent into bringing southern voices, southern scenery to life and to endear us to her characters even while exposing their flaws, insecurities, and guilt. I enjoyed every word of this book. To me, this story is also a heart-warming message of hope and forgiveness. Warmth, sensitivity, elegance are all words I'd attribute to this read. I felt uplifted when I finished it. I will certainly reread this one and recommend it to my friends. I couldn't agree more with a reviewer who somewhere wrote: “I have yet to read a review that mentions what rang as such a powerful theme to me: the continuity of souls... a theme of rebirth. Anne has subtly interwoven the idea of renewal into the story of a funeral”.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    I was quite surprised how often this novel really touched a cord while I was reading it. Very different from her light "Southern Sisters" mysteries. The characters were well drawn with depth and color, and the intricacies of family life well intimated. At one point George alludes to the fact that we never really completely know another person, even one we're incredibly close to, and that sometimes, we don't even know ourselves. I really appreciated the relationships between siblings, parents/chi I was quite surprised how often this novel really touched a cord while I was reading it. Very different from her light "Southern Sisters" mysteries. The characters were well drawn with depth and color, and the intricacies of family life well intimated. At one point George alludes to the fact that we never really completely know another person, even one we're incredibly close to, and that sometimes, we don't even know ourselves. I really appreciated the relationships between siblings, parents/children and the glimpses into married life. Plus the use of flashbacks and of ghosts or spirits was well done. But one of my favorite things was Donny remembering the dog days of August in his childhood and how he would wait for Hector to fall asleep in the room that the brothers shared so that he could turn the oscillating fan from movement to blow only on him. I wonder how many other siblings did that, and how many folks, when reading that, wondered if their sibling did that to them.....

  6. 4 out of 5

    Peggy

    I enjoyed this book very much it is about a Southern family preparing for their sister's, Artie's funeral. She requests a cremation and no funeral but her devoutly Catholic family decides to have a funeral and cremate her. They bury an empty coffin, while her brothers and her neices scatter her ashes in Mobile Bay. The charagters are very good. There are many flashbacks that tell the story of the Sullivan family, Thomas, a professor of Classical Languages and Alabama transplant, Sarah, a native I enjoyed this book very much it is about a Southern family preparing for their sister's, Artie's funeral. She requests a cremation and no funeral but her devoutly Catholic family decides to have a funeral and cremate her. They bury an empty coffin, while her brothers and her neices scatter her ashes in Mobile Bay. The charagters are very good. There are many flashbacks that tell the story of the Sullivan family, Thomas, a professor of Classical Languages and Alabama transplant, Sarah, a native, his beautiful wife who has mental problems as she grows older and their 3 children, Adonis (Donnie) and his twin Artemus (Artie) and younger brother, Hecktor. Through these flashbacks we meet the family growning up, and later on in life. The writing is very good with very descriptive passages about the climate and sights around the Sullivan homestead. The family's tragedies are revealed and the reader meets a host of strange and funny characters.

  7. 4 out of 5

    MissSusie

    A beautiful story about loss and life. A North Carolina family gathers to say goodbye to Artie beloved sister, aunt, sister-in-law and friend, but Artie has left the family some wishes that they are having a hard time seeing through. As each family member is dealing with memories and ghosts of the past we learn about Artie's life and the secret she shares with her brothers that shaped her life. This was a good book very poetic, I liked the ghosts of the past coming to "pay their respects" to Arti A beautiful story about loss and life. A North Carolina family gathers to say goodbye to Artie beloved sister, aunt, sister-in-law and friend, but Artie has left the family some wishes that they are having a hard time seeing through. As each family member is dealing with memories and ghosts of the past we learn about Artie's life and the secret she shares with her brothers that shaped her life. This was a good book very poetic, I liked the ghosts of the past coming to "pay their respects" to Artie, all the characters in this book are flawed and written with such heart that you care so much about all of them. I also felt the town and the beach itself were characters and I want to be there for a jubilee and even looked it up to see if it's an actual event where the fish/seafood beach themselves and everyone gets free food. This was a fascinating phenomena,that I would love to see. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys southern fiction. 4 Stars

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kim

    A southern family gathers at the old homestead on Mobile Bay to mourn the passing of a sister and aunt. The family is disfunctional (which family isn't?) and they struggle with carrying out the deceased's last wish. This book is a bit mystical, a bit quirky, and made very good reading. I grew up less than an hour from Mobile Bay, so I know the "feel" of this book. Any southerner probably would. This book was not at all what I epected, yet it left me feeling charmed. If you liked The Secret Life A southern family gathers at the old homestead on Mobile Bay to mourn the passing of a sister and aunt. The family is disfunctional (which family isn't?) and they struggle with carrying out the deceased's last wish. This book is a bit mystical, a bit quirky, and made very good reading. I grew up less than an hour from Mobile Bay, so I know the "feel" of this book. Any southerner probably would. This book was not at all what I epected, yet it left me feeling charmed. If you liked The Secret Life of Bees, you'd probably like this book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Kay

    This author was recommended to me by several friends. Not knowing this was not part of her mystery series, I grabbed this one in the library because it was her first book. After reading 1/3 of it and realizing there was no mystery to be had, I chose to finish it to find the 'big secret'!! When it was finally disclosed it appeared in such a way that it wasn't very important. In fact finishing it 3 hours ago, I've already forgotten what it was!!!! I'll try her mysteries. This author was recommended to me by several friends. Not knowing this was not part of her mystery series, I grabbed this one in the library because it was her first book. After reading 1/3 of it and realizing there was no mystery to be had, I chose to finish it to find the 'big secret'!! When it was finally disclosed it appeared in such a way that it wasn't very important. In fact finishing it 3 hours ago, I've already forgotten what it was!!!! I'll try her mysteries.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Pattie

    Ann George was an author with an amazing range. I laughed out loud throughout the entire Southern Sister Mysteries series (still among my favorite reads) ... and found a different side of her ability to create memorable characters in this charming story. A sweetly satisfying summer read that I just pulled out and read again because I enjoyed it so much years ago.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Katie Howard

    I loved every character in this story. The writing was stellar; I envisioned every scene and felt like I was living next door to the family right on the Bay. Definitely will check out what else this writer has written.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    This was one of the strangest things I've ever read, and that's saying something. This family was unlike any Southern family I've ever met. It was an okay story, but I wouldn't recommend it. This was one of the strangest things I've ever read, and that's saying something. This family was unlike any Southern family I've ever met. It was an okay story, but I wouldn't recommend it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    I think I have determined - not with much help from Goodreads - that Anne George, author of the Southern Sisters series that I love so much, and Anne Carroll George, author of this very different book, are one and the same. This must have been one of her last books, published just a short time before her death. Other than taking place in Alabama and having well defined and interesting characters, this novel is very different than the much more fun Southern Sisters books. This is a fairly serious I think I have determined - not with much help from Goodreads - that Anne George, author of the Southern Sisters series that I love so much, and Anne Carroll George, author of this very different book, are one and the same. This must have been one of her last books, published just a short time before her death. Other than taking place in Alabama and having well defined and interesting characters, this novel is very different than the much more fun Southern Sisters books. This is a fairly serious study of a Southern family. We hear the stories of the different members of this family from different points of view. At times it is in first person and past tense. At other times it is in third person and present tense. The characters and setting are both very well drawn. This book is really not about plot, although there are interesting incidents to consider. It's very much about family and faith. A very important question comes up in the course of this story that I will ask my lawyer about. Must a family follow through with the wishes of the deceased in the matter of the disposition of your body? Do they have the right to conduct religious rituals in your name if you don't want them to? I see the first as a legal question that should be answered. I'm not so sure about the second.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Patrick Barry

    The Sullivan family members return to their rural Alabama town for the funeral of their sister. The sister has set things up to bring deep secrets to light when her family is assembled. Will the exposing of long buried secrets, particularly the big one be cathartic or incendiary? The narrative voice shifts from chapter to chapter building to the climax. I remember it as a good story with a fine ending.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Letecia

    I stumbled across this gem of a book in a Habitat for Humanity Home store freebie bin. What a find! The author weaves a tale about a family and complicated relationships explored in the aftermath of the death of a sibling. The story setting is the Mobile Bay area of Alabama and introduces the reader to some natural phenomena of which most are not aware.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    I like the way family members now and past mingle in this sweet story. Families are messy and generations are connected — this is a compelling way to present that reality. A quick and satisfying read!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Gay Finlayson

    I got caught up in most of the book, except for “the terrible secret” part. It didn’t align with the plot or the characters. I still thought it was well written, the description of the scenery felt immediate.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Jolee Caldwell

    Thought this was a beautifully written simple story

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jenni

    I wish there had been a little more detailed explanation of the plot, but I loved the scenery descriptions and the characters.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Catherine

    I enjoyed Anne George's Southern Sisters' mysteries series. This did not seem as well written. I enjoyed Anne George's Southern Sisters' mysteries series. This did not seem as well written.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Becky

    What a sweet little book! It's very southern and makes me feel nostalgic. What a sweet little book! It's very southern and makes me feel nostalgic.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Betty Seaman

    Wow!! This book really puts into perspective of what life's all about. And dying. More books by this author!! Wow!! This book really puts into perspective of what life's all about. And dying. More books by this author!!

  23. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    I enjoyed reading this book about family but there were a lot of dark twists and turns and I didn’t care for the mystical parts.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Christi

    I thought this book was wonderful. A Southern family seen in the present as well as in flashbacks, detailing why they are the way they are. There were many themes here, but the one that stuck with me the most that it is that the soul lives on into eternity. Very uplifting and enjoyable read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Keshia

    This One and Magic Life tells the story of a Southern Family gathered together for the funeral of Atermis Sullivan. The cast of characters includes brothers, nieces, sister in laws, and a bird watching ex preacher from Mississippi. The story is layered with flashbacks and spirits, coming in and out of the story to give more meaning and detail to the current events. I picked up this book because it takes place in Mobile, Al, which is where I grew up. There was so much about it I recognized; the j This One and Magic Life tells the story of a Southern Family gathered together for the funeral of Atermis Sullivan. The cast of characters includes brothers, nieces, sister in laws, and a bird watching ex preacher from Mississippi. The story is layered with flashbacks and spirits, coming in and out of the story to give more meaning and detail to the current events. I picked up this book because it takes place in Mobile, Al, which is where I grew up. There was so much about it I recognized; the jubilee that only happens in Mobile, the air so humid it suffocating to go outside, the crinkling of precious flowers if touched, the attitude of the people, and the saying of "bless her heart." This book was like walking along the shores of the beach of my hometown, remembering everything about that. Even without really knowing the place in the book, it still felt like a relaxing walk on the book. Like a book you can relax into. The book is slow and somber. To some is may not be their thing, and I will admit it took a bit to get into. But it's one of those special books, one that takes the events of everyday life and turns it into something more. It reveals the magic deep and buried in the roots of it all. In the little words we say to ourselves, in the small comforts we give to ourselves in time of mourning. Anne George does a wonderful job of portraying the mystery of human emotions and relationships. There is Hecktor, the seemingly lost younger brother who's world is his daughter, May. The Donnie, Artie's twin, whose character is hard to capture, he's half lost without Artie, and so many others, other humans that George does a brilliant job of capturing perfectly. The depths of human emotion and all little events of life can be measured in her words. Then the life added through various flashbacks and spiritual encounters. The mystery of the dead parents and the 'mortal sin' committed by the siblings when children. It all blends together perfectly to show how there is just this one and magic life. Overall I loved this book, and as someone who likes to consider themselves a Southern Writer, I would have loved to meet Anne George while she was still alive.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Denise Moncrief

    This is the story of a not necessarily typical Southern family. Possibly one of the best examples of Southern Lit I've come across in a long time. Ms. George creates an ensemble of memorable characters. Sarah and Thomas, the first generation of Sullivans in Harlowe, Alabama. Artie, Donnie, and Hektor, their children, who share a horrible secret. Mariel, Donnie's wife, who feels that Artie "stole" her daughter, Dolly. The story opens with the last moments of Artie's life and unfolds after her dea This is the story of a not necessarily typical Southern family. Possibly one of the best examples of Southern Lit I've come across in a long time. Ms. George creates an ensemble of memorable characters. Sarah and Thomas, the first generation of Sullivans in Harlowe, Alabama. Artie, Donnie, and Hektor, their children, who share a horrible secret. Mariel, Donnie's wife, who feels that Artie "stole" her daughter, Dolly. The story opens with the last moments of Artie's life and unfolds after her death. Emotions are stirred when the lawyer reveals Artie's last request. She wants to be cremated. Her family divides on the subject, as they are Catholic. Each of the second generation deal with Artie's death through their own lens. Donnie honors her last request and has her cremated in Birmingham. Mariel fakes the funeral with a closed casket. Hektor has his own private funeral with some of Artie's ashes and a questionable priest he drags out of the swamps of Mississippi. As with most families, there are triumphs, tragedies, misunderstandings, and varying degrees of dysfunction. Through flashbacks and dialogue, Ms. George reveals slowly and precisely the events and relationships that create dysfunction in this family. The roots of jealousy and misunderstanding which began with Sarah and Thomas are revealed as each character examines their relationship with the deceased. Perhaps, the character that grows the most throughout the experience is the sister-in-law, Mariel, as she redefines and rebuilds her relationship with her daughter. I would recommend this to anyone who loves Southern Literature.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Carol Kirshner

    I am probably the only one who found this book considerably drab. This Southern drama surrounds a Catholic family whose beloved sister has decreed she be cremated rather than enterred. The events of the plot occur over a 3 or 4 day period of time. There are the traditional and stereotypical skeletons in the Sulivan Family closet-- divorce, alcoholism, the mentally ill mother, and accidental deaths. These do add some content, but in general, I would say that this book lacks any action. This plot s I am probably the only one who found this book considerably drab. This Southern drama surrounds a Catholic family whose beloved sister has decreed she be cremated rather than enterred. The events of the plot occur over a 3 or 4 day period of time. There are the traditional and stereotypical skeletons in the Sulivan Family closet-- divorce, alcoholism, the mentally ill mother, and accidental deaths. These do add some content, but in general, I would say that this book lacks any action. This plot style indicates that George is trying to get us to examine the characters in order to make a statement about Southern life. George fails in this aspiration.If I was forced to use this book to draw conclusions about Southern culture, I would say Southerner's were shallow, mundane, and uninspiring. George's characters are focused on social expectations and are all self-involved. They really are not a compelling lot. Instead of using flashbacks to the past, George uses the ghosts of the family members to add depth to the story and the characters. This technique generally fails to add any since of history or real depth to the story. The characters and the story remain uncompelling and unsympathetic. I would classify this book as a "Beach Read." It is interesting enough to keep you occupied and thinking is not required to understand the plot. I was glad that I borrowed it from the library.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kristal

    Artie was a well-known artist who has sold her paintings all over the world. But once she is diagnosed with cancer, her end comes quickly, too quickly. After her death, her family comes together at her home overlooking Mobile Bay to carry out her wishes. Her twin brother Donnie and his wife Mariel and her younger brother Hector are all surprised when they discover that she wishes to be cremated and for some members of her family, this is unacceptable. What follows is a long, drawn-out episode of Artie was a well-known artist who has sold her paintings all over the world. But once she is diagnosed with cancer, her end comes quickly, too quickly. After her death, her family comes together at her home overlooking Mobile Bay to carry out her wishes. Her twin brother Donnie and his wife Mariel and her younger brother Hector are all surprised when they discover that she wishes to be cremated and for some members of her family, this is unacceptable. What follows is a long, drawn-out episode of how each family member must deals with Artie's life and death. There are flash-backs to when all three siblings were children and how they dealt with an eccentric mother and an alluding to a terrible secret that all three share but have never discussed. Mobile, Alabama is my hometown and I was very much looking forward to reading this book. I was disappointed. The flash-backs were a little too confusing, ghost showing up in the middle of the story and throwing the setting off. There is a secret that is barely revealed and not really dealt with. Overall, I was sad to not enjoy this book more.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Patty

    This book reached out and grabbed me recently. I have known about George for some time and may have listened to one of her mysteries many years ago. I just don't know why this was the moment for reading this novel. Whatever the reason, I am not sorry to have read this. It held my interest as I flew across the country. I was headed to Portland, but I was in Alabama, preparing for Artie's funeral. It was good to get to know the whole family, to learn of their history and to watch them cope with how This book reached out and grabbed me recently. I have known about George for some time and may have listened to one of her mysteries many years ago. I just don't know why this was the moment for reading this novel. Whatever the reason, I am not sorry to have read this. It held my interest as I flew across the country. I was headed to Portland, but I was in Alabama, preparing for Artie's funeral. It was good to get to know the whole family, to learn of their history and to watch them cope with how the history affected their lives. I don't completely accept that the sins of the fathers visit upon their children, but there are aspects of this in George's narration. The consequences of earlier actions are part of this tale. Each family deals with their own history, and I like the way George spins out her story. I recommend this book to readers of Southern fiction, those who like family stories and to all who want to live another life for the length of a novel.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Hagen

    This One and Magic Life, by Anne George, b-plus, Narrated by Linda Stephens, Produced by recorded Books, downloaded from audible.com. This is a book by an author much more famous for her five-book series, The Southern Sisters mysteries, now available through audible.com as well. This book may have been written earlier. It involves a family coming together for the funeral and burial of one of its own. The family has many secrets involving several generations of the family, with the current members This One and Magic Life, by Anne George, b-plus, Narrated by Linda Stephens, Produced by recorded Books, downloaded from audible.com. This is a book by an author much more famous for her five-book series, The Southern Sisters mysteries, now available through audible.com as well. This book may have been written earlier. It involves a family coming together for the funeral and burial of one of its own. The family has many secrets involving several generations of the family, with the current members able at times to see deceased family members as if they are still there, commenting on the current events. This book is rich in southern ambiance, seemingly influenced by such writers as Carson McCullers. An interesting book, but the Southern Sisters mysteries are much better.

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