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The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell

September 28, 2011

Author: Loraine Despres

Title: The Bad Behavior of Belle Cantrell

Genre: Historical fiction, Humorous, Romance

Publication Date: 2005

Number of Pages: 335

Geographical Setting: Gentry, Louisiana, USA

Time Period: 1920

Series (If applicable): N/A

Plot Summary: Widowed, rebellious Belle Cantrell is fighting for the vote in a small, Louisiana town in 1920 when she meets the mysterious, Chicagoan Rafe Rubenstein.  Belle tries to stay within the rules of  The Primer of Propriety for a lady but sometimes can’t help herself from indulging in some rule breaking.

Subject Headings: Women’s lives, Louisiana, 1920’s United States, women’s rights, suffrage movement

Appeal: atmospheric, gentle, relaxed writing, engaging, humorous, eccentric characters, flawed characters, closed-ending, character-driven, rural, small-town, conversational, nostalgic, impassioned

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: Humorous, romantic, strong sense of place

3 Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors

Founding Sisters and the Nineteenth Amendment by Eleanor Cliff. The history of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States.

A Woman’s Crusade: Alice Paul and the Battle for the Ballot by Mary Walton. Biography of Alice Paul, a leader in the suffrage movement in the United States, who created the ‘Silent Sentinels’ were the first to picket the White House using peaceful civil disobedience.

Seneca Falls and the Origins of the Women’s Rights Movement by Sally Gregory McMillen. Provides the early history of the women’s rights movement starting with the 1848 Seneca Falls Women’s Rights Convention and its impact on the movement and future women’s issues.

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café by Fannie Flagg.  This heartwarming novel is set in the southern United States1930’s with strong, unconventional female leads. The characters encounter racism in their small town while finding love

Loose Lips by Rita Mae Brown. Estranged sisters in small town Maryland are forced to open a beauty salon together during World War II with conversational writing  and a strong sense of place.

 The Optimist’s Daughter by Eudora WeltyA widowed women returns home to Mississippi but eventually better understands herself and her family in this nostalgic, moving novel.

Name: Noelle Swanson