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Ann B. Ross, who has taught literature at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, is the author of seven novels including four featuring Miss Julia. She lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina.
Miss Julia's School of Beauty (2005)
Miss Julia Hits the Road (Southern Comedy of Manners) (2004)
Miss Julia Meets Her Match (2004)
Miss Julia Throws a Wedding (2003)
Miss Julia Takes over (2002)
Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind: A Novel (1999)
The Murder Cure (1978)
Portion of Chapter 1- Miss Julia's School of Beauty
I am sick and tired of people asking how married life's treating me. Every time I've turned around in the three weeks we've been back from our honeymoon-and don't get me started on that subject, since Dollywood is hardly my idea of a romantic getaway-somebody's wanted to know how Sam and I are doing. You'd think I'd come fresh and new to the conjugal state with no idea in the world of what it means to share a bed. Because that's exactly what's on their minds when they ask. So I'm going to answer it one more time, and that will be my final word: We're doing as well as can be expected, and I'll thank you not to ask again.
Of course, if I'm honest, which I always am, living with a man after enjoying several years of solitary peace takes some getting used to. Not that Sam is anything like Wesley Lloyd Springer, who I never got used to, even though I tried for more than forty years. That marriage ended in Wesley Lloyd's sudden demise, although for all intents and purposes it had ended some years before he did. I just hadn't noticed.
But you better believe I'm going to be on my guard this time.