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Book details
  • Genre:FICTION
  • SubGenre:Coming of Age
  • Language:English
  • Pages:200
  • eBook ISBN:9781624887703

Meaty Okra

A Tale of Southern Pathos!

by Valerie Levin

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Overview
Meaty Okra is a tender coming of age story that takes place in small town Georgia in the 1970's. The narrator, Mallory Leak, is a seven-year-old with clever observations on the humor and pain of the raging grown-ups all around her. Her vivacious and mercurial mother, Nita Ann, endures a volatile, abusive relationship with Mallory's father, Earl, a hard-drinking man, who would rather buy booze and bird dogs than feed his family.
Description
Meaty Okra is a tender coming of age story that takes place in small town Georgia in the 1970's. The narrator, Mallory Leak, is a seven-year-old with clever observations on the humor and pain of the raging grown-ups all around her. Her vivacious and mercurial mother, Nita Ann, endures a volatile, abusive relationship with Mallory's father, Earl, a hard-drinking man, who would rather buy booze and bird dogs than feed his family. Mallory very bravely opens the door to the chaotic household where she grew up with a mentally ill mother who consistently makes poor life choices and drags her children with her. Still, Mallory is proud of how her mother takes a courageous stand againist racism, even when she has everything to lose in their small Southern town. Considered stupid or eccentric, or both, Mallory finds solace in reading novels, giving her a brief refuge from her toxic home life. She falls in love with the stories and becomes the characters as a means of escape. The constant ridicule by her classmates becomes unbearable until her seventh grade English teacher tells her that those who lead a life of abuse have a choice to make, either to love or to hate. Mallory is finally able to choose to accept herself and maybe even have the inner belief that she is special and will rise up. The love of self, as is the case for most long suffering people, comes much later, after living life a little. And that is the sequel. The observationally humorous and poignant prose of Meaty Okra takes the reader through a gamut of emotions. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and everything in between.
About the author
Valerie Levin was born and raised in Middle Georgia in a small town between Macon and Savannah. This is the fictional town of Delaney that her first novel, Meaty Okra is based on. At the age of seventeen, she moved to Atlanta and worked her way through college by waiting tables and working as an errand runner for a group of freal estate agents in Buckhead. Buckhead is the "finger bowl" district of Atlanta. She worked her way up in Atlanta real estate to a successful career that has lasted over 25 years. She is now a highly sought-after sales trainer and writes prospecting scripts for real estate sales agents. She is a recruiter for one of Atlanta's top and nationally recognized real estate companies. Horses are her great passion and she currently trains in the discipline of Dressage. She and her horse, Maserati, are consistently placing with impressive scores in both recognized and schooling shows. Valerie takes great pleasure in taking Thoroughbreds off the track and gving them a second career. Valerie is currently working on a sequel to Meaty Okra called Not for Everyday Use. In addition, she has started a novel bsed on her experiences working as a real estate agent in Atlanta called Earnest Money. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and daughter.
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