Nashville native Susan Gregg Gilmore has built her career on invoking Southern charm. Her first novel, Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen, earned comparisons to Fannie Flagg and Harper Lee; its coming-of-age narrative introduced readers to a girl who longs to leave small-town Georgia for the bright lights of Atlanta. The heroine of her new novel, The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove, is a teenager in 1960s Nashville, a poor little rich girl from a family that considers itself gentility. Bezillia wants love and friendship, and is branded “improper” when she crosses lines of race and class to get them. Gilmore’s novel insightfully depicts a complex segment of society rigidly organized around kin, class and skin color. It takes on weighty issues with charm and wit. Gilmore will discuss and sign her book.