Jane Borden is a hybrid too horrifying to exist: a hipster-debutante. She was reared in a propert Southern home in Greensboro, North Carolina, sent to boarding school in Virginia, and then went on to join a sorority in Chapel Hill. She next moved to New York and discovered that none of this grooming meant a lick to anyone. In fact, she hid her upbringing for many years--it was easier than explaining what a debutante "does" (the short answer: not much).
Anyone who has moved away from home or lived in (or dreamed of living in) New York will appreciate the hilarity of Jane's musings on the intersections of and altercations between Southern hospitality and Gotham cool.
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Dixie rises (triumphantly!)
Jane Borden has written a love letter to New York. And, like the very best love letters, she doesn't gloss over the shortcomings of her beloved but rather embraces and rejoices in them. She's both hilarious and poignant and she'll woo you (like she wooed me) from the very start. Let there be no doubt, Borden is a southerner, through and through, but there's not a city in the world that wouldn't be delighted to offer her dual citizenship.
When I finished her book the first thing I wanted to do was call her up on the telephone and talk with her over a cup of coffee about this great, clever, insightful and enjoyable new author I'd just discovered. It's a testament to her great warmth as a writer and the intimacy of her book, that It took me a moment to remember she and I are strangers.
Best relationship I've had with a stranger in YEARS.