Southern girl gone wild

Confessions of a Rebel Debutante by Anna Fields is a bittersweet memoir that is heavy on the bitter. Anna details her idyllic small town childhood as a tomboy, but even then she has issues with the bullies. According to Anna, she begins her "debutante training" at age 11, with dance classes and finishing school. This is when Anna’s so-called “rebellion” begins. 

 
It is not unique; it consists of truancy, smoking and the usual teenage cutting up. The book is a fascinating contradiction, in that while Anna sees herself as rebel, but she adores everything about the South. She can’t get enough of Southern traditions or her own mythologized family
 
Anna’s biggest problem is that she can’t click with “in crowd”. And even though she doesn’t admit it, that’s what she wants to be — in with the “in crowd”. In true ‘belle’ style, she attributes all her problems to her superior intellect. After completing finishing school she goes an Ivy League university where she doesn’t fit in either. Anna then takes a fling at acting in Hollywood where she also works as Diana Ross’ assistant.
 
Eventually, Anna returns to New York to attend graduate school. She works for Jill Zarin of The Real Housewives of New York City. Those two tales alone are worth the price of the book.
 
Anna is a perpetual victim as she tries to conquer both Hollywood and New York. One thing we learn from Fields is that Southern debutante training gives a girl plenty of chutzpah. 
 
If you aren’t familiar with debutante rituals or Southern traditions you’ll be fascinated and amused.
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