Sins of the Seventh Sister

Sins of the Seventh Sister How many times have you thought this has got to be true no one could make this up Well in Huston Curtiss was seven years old living with his beautiful opinionated mother whose image is on th

  • Title: Sins of the Seventh Sister
  • Author: Huston C. Curtiss
  • ISBN: 9781400045389
  • Page: 448
  • Format: Hardcover
  • How many times have you thought, this has got to be true no one could make this up Well, in 1929, Huston Curtiss was seven years old, living with his beautiful, opinionated mother whose image is on the cover of this book , and surrounded by their romantic, fiercely independent, and often certifiably insane relatives Huston has never before written about that time an eHow many times have you thought, this has got to be true no one could make this up Well, in 1929, Huston Curtiss was seven years old, living with his beautiful, opinionated mother whose image is on the cover of this book , and surrounded by their romantic, fiercely independent, and often certifiably insane relatives Huston has never before written about that time an era of racism and repression, a time when this country was still relatively young, an age of quirky individualism and almost frontier style freedom that largely has ceased to exist Fearful he would not be believed, on one hand, but desirous of the freedom to embellish, on the other, Curtiss chronicles that time in Sins of the Seventh Sister, a book he characterizes as a novel based on a true story of the gothic South It is his story and the story of the people of Elkins, West Virginia, a small town whose inhabitants included his mother, Billy Pearl Curtiss, and her many sisters all stunning blondes Billy Pearl would prove to be an irresistibly romantic figure in her son s life She was the seventh of eleven children, all girls to her father s consternation By the time of her arrival, her father felt he had been patient enough and insisted on calling her Billy he taught her everything he had intended to impart to his firstborn son She would grow up to be one of the most beautiful women in the county, but also one of the most opinionated and liberal Her aim was so precise that she was barred from the local turkey shoot because none of the men had a chance against her When a Klansman accused her of attempted homicide after she shot him through the shoulder to stop him from setting fire to the home of her black neighbors, she told the sheriff, If I had meant to kill him, he d be dead And with that defense, she was exonerated.Curtiss Farm was large and the house had many rooms, which Billy Pearl got in the habit of gathering people to fill, especially the downtrodden who had nowhere to go In May 1929, Billy Pearl brought home a boy from the local orphanage Stanley was sixteen, the age at which the orphanage kicked children out, and Billy Pearl, knowing his sad history, could not allow him to end up on the streets Stanley had witnessed his father beat his mother to death in a drunken rage and had taken a straight razor and slit his father s throat while he slept A country judge had the boy castrated to control his aggressive ways Not a boy, but not yet a man, Stanley was tall, willowy, and frightened as a colt upon his arrival at Curtiss Farm not at all the playmate for whom Huston had hoped But quickly a friendship developed between the two that would last a lifetime a friendship that would survive murder, suicide, madness, and Stanley s eventual transformation into Stella, a singer who would live her adult life as a glamorous woman.Sins of the Seventh Sister is brilliantly conceived and masterfully written, as alive with flamboyant characters and wildly uncontained emotions as any book to come out of the South.

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    1. I loved this book. Could not put it down. I desperatly wanted to share it with everyone I knew so I could have hours and hours of discussion. But I couldn't think of anyone who would get past the first chapter. Real life is messy and shocking. This book holds nothing back and I am so grateful. I wish I could quanitify this story and write the words that would make everyone read this, but I honestly don't think everyone should. I think perhaps we're too conservative a species to comfortably make [...]

    2. I just had to give this five stars because it was one of the all-time favorites. I am having a hard time putting it all to words, but have been emailing a close friend from high school who recommended it. Her mother recently died and she found it on the nightstand next to her mother's bed and took it home with her, only to become so engrossed that she had to let me know about it. We enjoy many of the same books, so I got it through my library and I was in a tailspin, resenting my job, wishing th [...]

    3. I loved this book so much when I read it a few years ago--I promptly lent it to a friend because I knew she would like it. I don't think she's read it yet, so I must get it back to re-read it. Fabulous, fabulous book. Not for the faint-of-heart, mind you. Some of the ideas may challenge the more tightly-wound reader. But I found the characters endearing, or hateful, or sympathetic, but always engendering a response; the adventures thrilling; the relationships memorable; the story magnificent.

    4. This book is absolutely captivating. I could not put it down. I love books of this nature and find it so hard to find more like it! Hats off to Huston Curtiss! With true life stories this interesting, who needs fiction?

    5. Bills itself as “A novel based on a true story of the Gothic South”. The body count gets unexpectedly high.

    6. Loved this book. I grew up in the town right next to this do I was interested just because of that, but the book offered so much more. It’s hard to believe it’s true , but truth is stranger than fiction.

    7. An incredible Southern Gothic tale. It's been years since I've read this book and it still lingers in my mind (I'm talking around 15 years ago). If you like good Southern writing and memoirs, read this book. You won't be disappointed.

    8. Summarized by the author as a novel based on the true story of his life, this book follows Huston Curtiss, who is a seven year old living in Elkins, West Virginia in 1929. His father is a philandering drunk and his mother is the beautiful, opinionated seventh daughter of eleven total girls. Frustrated by the racial and cultural limitations of her time, Hughie's mother Billy-Pearl sets to right what wrongs she can and care for those that society has abandoned including a black family persecuted b [...]

    9. Sins of the 7th Sister is billed as the true story of Huston Curtiss' life growing up in Elkins, West Virginia while at the same time being labeled a novel. I have to believe it is more novel because it asks me to believe a little bit too much for it to be a memoir. At it's center is Curtiss' mother, Billy-Pearl, the seventh of ten Fancler daughters and a progressive liberal. She marries Huston Curtiss and takes over his family farm and her in-laws leave her at the helm even after their son aban [...]

    10. "A novel based on a true story of the Gothic South". Being from West Virginia (where the book takes place), I figured I had to read this book. Citing from the publisher'nestled in a web of murder, rape, abuse and adultery is the often happy and always loving home of Huston ("Hughie") Curtiss. His memoir, which roots itself in the events of 1929, when he's only seven years old, reveals a slice of the eccentric life of one white West Virginian family. Hughie's mother, the powerful, progressive and [...]

    11. a very strange story of the "gothic south" in 1929. The beginning leads you to believe it will be about Stanley and Hughie, but it really covers Hughie's mother (the 7th sister) and all her "good deeds" which include taking in people who need help: Stanley, who killed his father after his father killed his mother (Stanley was castrated and sent to an orphanage, but Hughie's mom rescued him); a black family whose home is burned by the KKK; a school teacher who no longer had a school came to the h [...]

    12. The gossipy nature of this story made it easy to read and it went down quickly over a holiday weekend. The rituals and chores of country life on a farm and the descriptions of the people involved in the story carried me away to another time. The hardships of the early 1920-30's are really interesting in the rear-view. Each person became real to me and I laughed out loud at some of the caricatures. What really touched me was that the mother in the story helped so many people, but for some reason [...]

    13. Interesting, supposed true story of the life of the author as a boy during the late 20's and early 30's. Talk about a dysfunctional family, Curtiss maternal and paternal sides are characters from a soap opera. "Hughie's" mother, in particular, takes in all the strays, fights the Klan, educates the black children, raises champion horses, sleeps with the sheriff, and more. Hughie believes she loves everyone but him and is honest about his unkind feelings as a child!

    14. fascinating story of the Curtiss family who came from small town Virginia.written from the perspective of the youngest family member, Huston, who maintained journals as a child. this book details the years 1929 and 1930 and the absolute craziness in the familyeverything and anything happenedrder, adultery, even incestyou have to keep an open mind and look past the sins of the family to see the enduring love and forgiveness.

    15. First of all Thank you Diane for sending me this book ! So sweet and kind of you , so entertaining for me ! I plan to do the same and pass it on to my son to read if you are okay with that . He can't wait to get his hands on it !Obviously not a quick read , but well worth savoring . Loved the writing style , the characters and the spot on telling of the events and time period . This one will make you laugh at times and gasp at others . Highly recommend !

    16. Truth is stranger than fiction and this novel has a lot of strange truths to it. I found this at Goodwill, and it wasn't shelved with the books, placed casually in a sock bin and the cover and title intrigued me to pick it up and then "A novel based on a true story of the Gothic South" and then to read the insert it takes place in Elkins, WV - quite a ways south from Wheeling, WV - where I am from - it was a must read!It is something else and a lot of laughs and bigger than life characters.

    17. This is certainly on my list of most entertaining reads. This saga of southern family values (as twisted as they can be) mixed with history, ambition and scandal was a really fun read. Follow the life of Hughie, the son of one of seven mysterious and complex sisters in the old south. Find your newest She-hero, and find a few more with Amelda, Opal, Billy-Pearl and Tuba. The men? At the complete mercy of these firebrands, who love as deeply as the loath. Poor Hughie.

    18. A great book! I laughed out loud several times at the hysterical view from a 9 year old boys rather twisted upbringing. The main characters mother is an amazing woman who will inspire both altruism and insanity. Historically rich, set in the 1920's in West Virginia, and highly amusing and entertaining.

    19. Great author and very interesting historical novel especially living near the area where it was written about. Written from the POV of a young boy and hilarious at some points! Facets of the book that talk about life on a working farm during the depression are amazing. Easy to believe that his stories are not so fictional.

    20. This "novel based on a true story" takes place in West Virginia in 1929 when the author was 7 and living with his beautiful, wealthy and progressive mother, the 7th sister of 11, and a large cast of eccentric family members. This book has it all: murder, the KKK, gender issues, love, tragedy, heroism and humor. A delightful page-turner.

    21. This book is insaned FANTASTIC. Huston Curtiss has an amazing ability to capture a tone that matches the narrator (and his age). His characters are very alive, so much so that you want to meet them. The tagline is "A novel based on a true story of the Gothic South". If you read this book, don't debate whether or not it is a true story. It doesn't matter - just enjoy the book.

    22. Almost put it down after first few pages. But powered through my discomfort and ended up thoroughly enjoying this tall tale. A bit crude at times, hence the four instead of five stars, but the story pulled me in.

    23. Good storykes you wonder what parts of the novel were based on his real life and what was not. I guess we will always wonder. It was classic southern oddity a family train wreck you just could not turn away from but instead read it through to the end.

    24. Based on a true story in West Virginia in teh 1920's and '30's. It's raw, blunt and keeps you riveted. Part of it are gross, but it's life and it's still a good book.

    25. This was a fantastic book. Very disturbing, true story that takes place in Elkins, WV. Being from WV made me want to read this more.

    26. this was recommended to me by my friend theadraank you! im not finished yet but its sooo good so far. billy-pearl is so touching. it makes me realize how little i do to help my fellow humans!

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