Alice Randall has every right to publish her novel, but before people started making her into a cause celebre, they should have read her book. How did a premise so rich with promise fall so flat? Maybe the answer is anger. During a visit to the Mitchell House, Randall said, "My mother was damaged by this book ... Huh? Gone With the Wind
? Only an imbecile would take GWTW
to heart as an accurate depiction of life in the South during the 1860s. If that novel damages you, well, you've got much bigger problems than Margaret Mitchell. Unfortunately, Randall's book betrays a one-note anger that just isn't funny or especially literate.