Category Archives: Adams, Alice

Alice Adams. After the War. New York: Knopf, 2000.

This novel, Adams’s last, continues the story of the Baird family begun in A Southern Exposure. The story is set in the period during and immediately after World War II in the fictional Piedmont town of Pinehill. In tracing a number of crises, large and small, Adams portrays a large and diverse cast of characters and gives special attention to the details of domestic life in North Carolina in the 1940s.

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Filed under 2000, 2000-2009, Adams, Alice, Novels Set in Fictional Places, Orange, Piedmont

Alice Adams. A Southern Exposure. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1995.

At the end of the Great Depression, Harry and Cynthia Baird and their 11-year-old daughter move from Connecticut to Pinehill, N.C., a fictional town probably based on Chapel Hill. Hoping to escape debt, drinking problems, and past mistakes, the family is plunged into small town southern culture. The novel traces their attempts to fit in to a tightly woven community.

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Filed under 1990-1999, 1995, Adams, Alice, Novels Set in Fictional Places, Orange, Piedmont