The Queen of Palmyra
Florence is, by all accounts, a happy, spirited girl. She doesn't understand why her father leaves each night with a mysterious box or why her mama drinks so much. What Florence knows a...more
Flo's story hits all the notes you expect from a story about those types of people. Unlike The Help, the voices don't always ring true in part because often you get the g...more
The narrator, ala...more
A tale of strong women during exceedingly trying times, The Queen of Palmyra by Minrose Gwin, is a heart-breaking story about the ignorance that did more than divide a town. Set in 1963 Millwood, Mississippi, the story describes a heavily segregated town divided into three sections, Millwood "proper", Milltown where the white working poor lived and Shake Rag on the south side of the colour line of town. Florence Forrest, who at the beginning of the novel is eleven years old, narra...more
Both books are set in Mississippi in the 1960s, and deal with the changing relationship between blacks and whites. While The Help is told from the viewpoint of four narrators, The Queen of Palmyra is told by twelve-year-old Florence Forrest.
Florence is the daughter of Win, a burial insurance salesman who also happens to be a rabid Klansman. Her mother Martha drinks to excess...more
the front cover has a snippit of a review comparing this to To Kill A Mockingbird. that's some big shoes to fill. and although Gwin does a an excellent job of slowly developing her main characters, it doesn't quite make the comparison.
but i feel it's strong in its own way. the story revolves around florence forrest growing up in mis...more
So they return to Millwood, Mississippi, surrounded by grandparents as well as situations Florence struggles to understand. Why is her mother making late-night trips to the Black bootlegger in town? Where does her father go to his clandestine evening meetings?
With both parents completely incapable of caring for her, 11...more
The point of view character is an eleven-year-old girl, Florence, whose mother is the "cake lady," and her father sells burial insurance to African-Americans. Both parents have dark secrets. The mother came from a more middle-class family than the father. The father is disliked by most of the town and Florence is co...more
Florence Forrest is a young white girl and it is the summer between her fourth and fifth year in school. However, she is way behind in studies because for the past year, her father and mother have been on the "lam" as she calls it, traveling around while her father unsuccessfu...more
The author, Minrose Gwin does not shy away from creating characters that portray the darker side of human nature - from Florence's self-absorbed mother, to her violent and neglectful father who is an active member of the 'Klan'.
With only her grandparents and her African-American minder seeming to give her any sense of...more
I enjoyed this story and although it sometimes felt like it was dragging at times, overall it was one of those stories that kept you on the edge of your seat and leaves you with more questions than answers ( at least for me it d...more
Set in the 1960s, The Queen of Palmyra focus on the delicate issue between the black and the white community in Millwood, Mississippi, through the eye o...more
Parts of th...more