….a coming-of-age tale that bears the marks of the Southern childishness of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and the heartbreak and insanity of Wally Lamb’s She’s Come Undone…..Sumner’s language is both plain and beautiful, and occasionally she can turn a phrase to take your breath away: she describes a bell toll as “heavy with doom, like the crow of the rooster on cold back mornings.”
In The School of Beauty and Charm Melanie Sumner has created a perfect blend of humor and satire…At its heart, The School of Beauty and Charm is the story of a family trying to cope with a devastating loss.
Southern Scribe Reviews
Remarkable ironies and insights guide these wholly original characters into a world you’ll never want to leave. The darkly comic brilliance of Melanie Sumner shines on, and if we’re lucky, will do so for a long, long time to come.
Jill McCorkle, author of Life After Life