The dark but seductive tale of five generations of Southern women and the house that was both their greatest inheritance and their most confining prison.
In 1904, Ruth Yancey is only ten years old when she is brought to live at the magnificent mansion called Fox's Earth. But the impoverished daughter of an abusive mill worker has already internalized her mother's steely code: Men may hold all the power, but a woman possesses one thing that can get her anything in the world she wants...if she's prepared to make certain sacrifices. Deserted by her mother in order to give her a better chance at wealth, Ruth's own ambition drives her to possess Fox’s Earth at any cost, even though her sacrifice will ultimately be her own husband, children, and grandchildren.
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"A lusty Southern saga, this Gothic extravaganza of greed, madness and murder is a wicked brew, passionate and perverse....Excellently written."
Ruth Yancey knew she was beautiful, she knew she was special. Despite her squalid Georgia mill town roots, it was her looks and her inbred belief in a powerful destiny that led her to the most exquisite mansion in Sparta: Fox's Earth. Through insinuation, manipulation, and an impenetrable evil, she became its mistress for three generations--until another woman attempted to match her madness....
"Beautifully calculated to keep the pages turning at a fast clip."
THE WASHINGTON POST BOOK WORLD
Anne Rivers Siddons was born in a small railroad town just south of Atlanta, where her family has lived for six generations. She attended Auburn University and later joined the staff of Atlanta magazine. Her first novel, Heartbreak Hotel, a story of her college days at Auburn, was later made into a movie called Heart of Dixie, starring Ally Sheedy. Since then she has written fifteen more novels, many of which have been bestsellers. Recently, a movie version of her later novel The House Next Door was aired on LifeTime Network. Ms. Siddons now divides her time between Atlanta and Brooklin, Maine.
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Book Description HarperCollins Distribution Services, 1981. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 2226014