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So Far Back: A Novel
Pam Durban
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So Far Back: A Novel

3.32 of 5 stars 3.32  ·  rating details  ·  71 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Sixty-year-old Louisa Hilliard--the last descendent of one of Charleston's oldest and most prominent families -- is caring for her ailing mother. An upright, unmarried spinster, Louisa has spent her life looking after others. In the aftermath of a hurricane that turns her life upside down, she finds a battered diary kept by one of her ancestors. The journal recounts the st ...more
ebook, 256 pages
Published October 6th 2000 by Picador (first published 2000)
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One Word - Huh? This novel is nonsensical and waste of paper. Storylines you think are important mean absolutely nothing in the end, Mamie and her relationship with the protagonist Louisa's mother, Mamie's fear of crossing bridge into town, Diana's resolve to be more than just a slave and her disappearance and the lack of personal growth from Louisa in her beliefs regarding race and race relations etc. The author introduces so much material and so many characters but explains nothing in the end. ...more
The lives of the Hilliards, a Charleston family, and the family of the slaves they owned is told by the last living member of the Hilliard family. It was a quick read, but I never really felt connected to any of the characters. The middle of the book was the most readable, particularly the vignettes about Diana, the most spirited of the slaves, and whose ghost lingers in the Hilliard home. The latter quarter of the book was disappointing - it felt as there might be a more emotional or satisfying ...more
Bruce Fieggen
Feb 13, 2015 Bruce Fieggen rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone needing a rest
Recommended to Bruce by: Kathy Fieggen
What a yawn-fest
Sarah Brown
This book gives amazing insight into the thoughts and minds of people during the time of slavery and beyond.

At first it was a little difficult for me to keep up with the characters because it goes back and forth between generations, but I eventually got into the swing of the writing. It was amazing. Definitely makes me want to visit Charleston sometime soon!
Mary Stephens
This book is set in Charleston in the present. The main character lives in a house that has passed down through
her family. She finds a diary that tells about life there
in the 1830s.
Not at all what I thought it was going to be about. Well written but very difficult to follow the many different character names, and not quite as exciting as I was expecting.
Kitty Tomlinson
Story of one of Charleston's oldest families, the Hilliards. Travels back in time to pre-Civil War. Good view of history of slavery. Makes you think.
Melissa Cummings
stuck with this for 120 pages because I was convinced it would be good. Maybe one day when I'm bored i will go back.
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Pam Durban grew up in South Carolina. She has worked as a journalist and teacher in New York, Kentucky, and Georgia. She was the 1984 recipient of the Rinehart Award in Fiction, and her work has appeared in a number of publications, including Tri-Quarterly, Crazyhorse, and The Georgia Review. The title story of this, her first book, appeared
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