Review by Marlene Engel
Leelee Satterfield was raised in Memphis, Tennessee. She lived a comfortable lifestyle with a cook, maid and Kissie, who was her “black mama”. Although she loves the south, and knows that it’s where her heart will always be, she moves to Vermont with her husband to open up a bed and breakfast. But she quickly learns that it wasn’t the best idea. After being in Vermont for a mere five months, her husband (and high school sweetheart) leaves her for a rich business woman 16 years his senior.
But her time in Vermont wasn’t a total wash. Her former chef at the Vermont bed and breakfast (and new love interest) follows her back home to Memphis and together they open the Peach Blossom restaurant. But when her husband comes back, he causes her grief from the first day that the doors open at the Peach Blossom. Her relationship with Peter is also being tested and turns into a territorial North versus South confrontation.
Who am I? Let's see. I'm a writer, an event speaker, a walking tour guide, a mother and an animal lover. Not necessarily in that order.
Putting words together and having them sound funny has always been a love of mine. I'd written press releases, company newsletter articles, news promos and even radio and TV spots but I'd never endeavored to accomplish anything this huge until 16 years ago. I got the idea for Whistlin' Dixie in a Nor'easter just having moved back from living in Vermont for three years. Discovering the dichotomy between the two regions was enough for me to know it had all the makings of a good story, but could I actually write a novel? It went in and out of my drawer for years until I decided to stop at nothing to see it through. I tend to do things backwards. The people closest to me are not surprised that I've managed to get a novel published before a newspaper article or an op-ed. It makes no sense but then again that's the way my life goes 50% of the time.
My biggest influences are some of the all-time great southern writers. Fannie Flagg, Flannery O'Connor, Pat Conroy, Adriana Trigiani, Rebecca Wells, Harper Lee and Lee Smith - to name just a few.
Currently I'm working on two more novels. There will be a third book in the Whistlin' Dixieseries although I'm not sure which I'll finish first.
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Lisa's publisher, Thomas Dunne Books,
has generously offered to giveaway one print copy of
Southern As A Second Language