Rhonda Johnson
August 11, 2000 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Nora, Nora

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Anne Rivers Siddons
publisher
HarperCollins
genre
Fiction

We gave it a B

In Lytton, Ga., in 1961, Peyton McKenzie is a motherless 12-year-old fighting her shrewish Aunt Augusta’s training bras and bouffant hairdos. Drastic changes are in store when her cousin Nora arrives driving a ”vagina pink” convertible (obviously, Nora will administer to Peyton and the Lyttonites a much-needed lesson in unladylike behavior). Absorbing scenes of small-town life contrast with civil rights activity in Atlanta, where Nora and Peyton become key figures in a luncheon counter sit-in. But the gentle novel Nora, Nora can’t decide whether it’s another of Anne Rivers Siddons’ humid melodramas (Outer Banks) or a more serious coming-of-age story. B

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