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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Southern-Fried Woolf by Drema Drudge is a woman’s journey of self-reflection as she goes through turmoil in her personal life. Briscoe Chambers’ plate was full. She had a thesis on Virginia Woolf to complete, manage the career of her country star husband, and live with his betrayal. Briscoe was Michael’s manager, and that meant it was her responsibility to make sure his next album was written and produced before its due date. That also meant Brisco would have to accompany Michael and his mistress, Velvet, to make sure the work gets done on time. It was a test of her patience to live with her cheating husband and the woman he was cheating on her with. In between all this, Briscoe had to make sure that she accomplished her personal goals while also nursing her broken heart.
Southern-Fried Woolf is an immersive story. I absolutely adore Virginia Woolf and her novel To the Lighthouse is one of my absolute favorite novels of all time. I felt a strong connection with Briscoe as she was struggling to find a balance between her work and her personal life and often trying to separate the truth from each other. I absolutely loved how complex Briscoe was. She is the kind of narrator that literature students dream of writing once they graduate. She had strong emotions, and sometimes, they almost threatened to overtake her mind; however, her emotions could never overtake her determination to be the best version of herself. The narrative style of author Drema Drudge is perfect. It conveys Bristol’s emotions well, highlighting Michael in the best possible light for his character development, and makes sure that readers are fully invested in the story from the moment they pick this novel up. I love the humor and the sassy comebacks of our protagonist, and more than that, I really enjoyed the story overall. The pace was fast, the character development was interesting, and Briscoe’s journey was phenomenal. I finished this novel in a single sitting and almost immediately started reading it once again. Kudos to the author!