Downtown

  • Title: Downtown
  • Author: Anne Rivers Siddons
  • ISBN: 9780060179342
  • Page: 291
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Downtown The year was And for Atlanta the country and one woman making her way in a changing world nothing would ever be the same Set in the cusp of the country s great social movements in the year bef
    The year was 1966 And for Atlanta,the country, and one woman making her way in a changing world, nothing would ever be the same Set in the cusp of the country s great social movements, in the year before love turned to anger and peace to militancy, Downtown is a story of Smoky O Donnell, her career and her heart When Smoky arrives in Atlanta in 1966, after an airless liThe year was 1966 And for Atlanta,the country, and one woman making her way in a changing world, nothing would ever be the same Set in the cusp of the country s great social movements, in the year before love turned to anger and peace to militancy, Downtown is a story of Smoky O Donnell, her career and her heart When Smoky arrives in Atlanta in 1966, after an airless lifetime back in Savannah, she is at once thrilled and chastened by this dazzling, hectic young city on the move Her new job as a writer with Atlanta s Downtown magazine introduces her to many unforgettable people, including three young men who will change her life in ways she never thought possible Smoky s choices, and her ultimate decisions, create a tender, joyous and powerful story of the end of innocence both Smoky s and America s at a time when traditional values are in question and the air is laden with possibilities.

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    About Anne Rivers Siddons


    1. Born Sybil Anne Rivers in Atlanta, Georgia, she was raised in Fairburn, Georgia, and attended Auburn University, where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta Sorority While at Auburn she wrote a column for the student newspaper, The Auburn Plainsman, that favored integration The university administration attempted to suppress the column, and ultimately fired her, and the column garnered national attention She later became a senior editor for Atlanta magazine At the age of thirty she married Heyward Siddons, and she and her husband now live in Charleston, South Carolina, and spend summers in Maine.


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    1. I loved the excitement Smoky felt about her first real job and the glamour of Atlanta at the beginning of this book. I could relate. I remember my first “real” job and how exciting it was to work “downtown”. And that song played through my head as I read the book. Siddons has been known to add a dark side to her novels, however, this one did not have it. It is an early work. Siddons sometimes gets a little too wordy and this was no exception. So, I just skimmed through some of the detail [...]

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    2. I am a rabid fan of Anne Rivers Siddons, but I somehow never read Downtown. If I read it before, I recalled none of it. If I had I read it before I read Colony, I many never have read another book by this author.There are moments in this novel that are so wonderful, but they are few. As always, the language is beautiful and intoxicating, but the story, for me, falls flat. It feels forced and contrived. It seems that Ms. Siddons was not the right person to tell this story of Atlanta in the late 1 [...]

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    3. When I first started reading Anne Rivers Siddons (a long time ago) this book stood out as my very favorite! The central character is wonderful! It is her "coming of age" story and I found it to be lovely and heartwarming.

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    4. Downtown is, yet again, another Anne Rivers Siddons classic. In my mind, she's incapable of writing anything less. Masterfully and vividly set in mid-nineties sixties Atlanta, Siddons parallels the rise of the Southern city as it grows into its own through turbulent times, with the budding career of new arrival, journalist Smoky O'Donnell, who hails from an insular, Catholic community, among the Irish working-class of Corkie, which rests along the waterfront of Savannah, Georgia. Smoky is twenty [...]

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    5. I think I read this book about six times as a teenager. I was obsessed with the 60s and wanted to be just like Smokey. So, this was a grown-up re-read for me and, I have to say, it held up. Knowing the story by heart meant I could skim some of the details, but I still felt immersed in the setting, as well as the atmosphere around Downtown Magazine and "Comfort's People." Though, now that I'm an adult, I'm less tolerant of Matt Comfort and his drinking and sexism. Anyway, this book remains one of [...]

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    6. Very dated (not surprisingly), primarily of interest to those who lived through these experiences. Lots of great detail about sixties Atlanta. Well-written, but so far removed from present-day circumstances as to be hardly worth the read.

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    7. seriously annoying.

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    8. Good story abou the 70s and civil rights movement. Loved the ending

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    9. The year is 1966, a time of innocence, possibility, and freedom. And for the city of Atlanta, Georgia, the country, and one woman making her way in a changing world, nothing will ever be the same. After an airless childhood in Savannah, Maureen 'Smoky' O'Donnell arrives in Atlanta, a naive young woman, dazzled and chastened by this hectic young city on the rise. Even though Smoky has to literally earn her wings as a female reporter on the staff of the male-dominated magazine, she gains membershi [...]

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    10. Smoky O'Donnell, a small town southern Catholic girl in the 1960's, accepts a job as layout editor for the newly published "Downtown" magazine, put out by the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce. Her strict parents allow her to go only on the condition that she live in a convent that takes in boarders and that she live the conven¬tional life of a sheltered religious girl of her time. But the staff of "Downtown" is not like this they work all hours, go out together to eat and drink a lot, and meet and i [...]

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    11. picture on cover of box is the same as on the book.4 cassettes 1-55994-732-2set in the 60's when birth control pills were just coming outstory of a typical young woman who has uneven development, ie her marital and romantic notions are not as mature as her intellectual aspect. She is brave, even assertive and then a pushover by turn. Not that this is so unusual in today's women. The sex scenes make a good effort but seem not to be either erotic or realistic when either one would have been ok wit [...]

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    12. On the recommendation of a friend and because Siddons is fast becoming a favorite author of mine, I checked this 1994 book out of the library. It has a different tone than some of her other books, but the storytelling is no less captivating.Petula Clark's catchy pop song of the same title will resound through the reader's mind as Siddons rolls out a story of a scrappy bunch of journalists who make a name for themselves and Atlanta's Downtown magazine at the height of the Civil Rights movement. T [...]

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    13. This was a different type of book for this author - at least it seemed so to me. Set in Atlanta during the 60's, a time of cultural upheaval, it is a coming of age story that really spoke to me. It so poignantly captured the hero worship of youth, the searching after a family of the heart when one's biological family seems unsatisfactory, that shining time when all comes together and one rides the wave in triumph and glory, and the inevitable change, passing and end of it all. As I grew older I [...]

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    14. Maureen O'Donnell, known as Smoky, moves from Savannah to Atlanta to accept a position with a new magazine called Downtown published by the Chamber of Commerce. Raised Catholic, her parents only let her go if she promises to board at a convent. But she quickly gets absorbed into the lives of the magazine staff and moves in to an apartment with one of the other women and going out to eat and drink with the other staffers. Her position provides opportunity to meet a wide range of people - from the [...]

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    15. I've attempted to read a couple of Siddons's books that I just could not get into. I also started and finished Peachtree Road a few years back, but I found it unnecessarily long and horribly depressing. But Downtown was far better. It's supposed to be about Smoky, but I really thought the city of Atlanta was the real lead character of this book. I loved the journalism setting and I also loved the 1960s era. I do find Siddons to be too wordy, but that didn't take away from the story. It was still [...]

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    16. Feels like an immersion trip into American South of late 60s, captivating as it is. And even if it doesn't give a complete picture of what it was like, it most certainly makes you wanna be there, live there, see it all with your own eyes. The book might be not that deeply thoughtful, and at times is too much like those tacky love novels, but there is definitely something there Something that makes you kind of dwell in it.

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    17. pat conroy turned me on to the south east in some of my favorite novels, beach music and prince of tides. siddons writes in the same vein, if not as poetically, as conroy. i have read some of her books and enjoyed them, this book was by far the best one i've read so far. (granted, i am still searching for the house next door, which comes recommended as a great ghost story. . o in one for me!!!!) if you have any interest in the trials of the late sixties in georgia, READ THIS BOOK.

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    18. Not one of my favorite Ann Rivers Siddons books, but it was good. I guess I just didn't think enough happened, which is odd considering it takes place in 1966-1967 in Atlanta. I did like the way things wrapped up in the end and it was interesting to see how this one year in Smokey's life shaped everything else she did.

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    19. I read this while I was travelling back and forth to Atlanta for a year on business. I highly recommend this to anyone who knows Atlanta. Anne Rivers Siddons claims it is not a true account of her time at the Atlanta Magazine, but if you read her bio's on the internet, it's pretty close. Definitely a good read!

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    20. An interesting look at the Civil Rights movement and the 'hippie/flower child/make love not war/if it feels good, do it' time in our history. Great prose, but lots and lots of it, and far more romance than I ever want in a novel. Predictable ending, but a good one, nonetheless. I am still sad about the dysfunctionality of Smoky's family and their willingness to just let each other go.

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    21. I really like this book. The characters are very likable and the story is interesting. It reminds one of the excitement of being young and it weaves in all of the excitement and changes of the sixties.

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    22. Was a good story about a troublesome time in our history. Brought back memories of a time we should not forget. Anne Rivers Siddons is an in-depth writer who doesn't a tremendous amount of research in her novels.

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    23. Coming of age in the 60s in the South is very real to me -- it was where I was at that time in my life. Siddons does a careful and realistic view of the South in a time when life sat every day on the edge of tension.

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    24. Better writing than Hill Town. Story comes together well.Atlanta, 1960's, downtown is a magazine.Intense work relationship.Story of Irish Catholic girl, Smokey.race relations, MLK, surprise ending.Smokey marries an African American man on the last page.OK +.

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    25. LOVE it! Smokey O'Donnell is awesome and I definitely wanted to be her in this book. It's a great peek at history around the time of the Civil Rights Movement and you get a real feel for what was happening during that time. This is my favorite of all of Anne Rivers Siddons books.

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    26. Recommended by Ida Uscher, a 90+year-old, sharp, astute, kind-hearted social worker. It was a quick and engaging read and a historical tour through the civil rights awakening of the 60s. I've never read Siddons before and was delightfully surprised. It's light but strong.

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    27. Great descriptions, perhaps a little bit too much description. It brought back a time in my life (the 1960s) that was as chaotic as those in this book, so surprisingly, I didn't enjoy it as I should have.

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    28. I am a fool for emotive, coming-of-age, stand-next-to-greatness type stories. This is one of the best. Just hearing the song Downtown makes me choke up after reading this book. This is old fashioned chick lit--more like, woman lit.

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    29. This is a fairly good Siddons, apparently loosely based on her experiences with Atlanta magazine in the late '60s. It is somewhat sappy, though, and the ending is odd. If you're a fan, you should read it; otherwise, move on.

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    30. I love the descriptive Anne Rivers Siddons, but did not feel as incaptured in this book as I have with other works of her. I still enjoyed the story, especially since I am a transplant to Atlanta, it gave me some insight into that 1960s here.

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