Scalett O'Hara Can Go to Hell by Miriam K. Center
Precisely as its title so unapologetically indicates, Scarlett O'Hara Can Go to Hell is not a Sunday stroll through myths of southern ladies waiting for heroic southern men to fill their lives with romance and adventure. If anything, it's the exact opposite mesmerizing tale of one woman's determination to re-write southern society's definition of what her life should or can be. Jewish by birth but free-spirited by temperament, the novel's heroine, Naomi Kramer, declares her independence from tradition only to discover that freedom comes with as many challenges and demands as it does rewards and privileges. From her immigrant grandfather's arrival in the United States in 1904 to Naomi's powerful spiritual awakening in the 1980s, readers are treated to a journey through the unfoldment of one unforgettable woman's life while simultaneously bearing witness to what history would come to call the American Century. In turns comically irreverent and soulfully inspiring, Scarlett O'Hara Can Go to Hell is one exceptionally enjoyable read.