The Queen of Palmyra
"I need you to understand how ordinary it all was..."
In the turbulent southern summer of 1963, Millwood's white population steers clear of "Shake Rag," the black section of town. Young Florence Forrest is one of the few who crosses the line. The daughter of a burial insurance salesman with dark secrets and the town's "cake lady," whose backcountry bootleg runs lead f...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
I loved this book. The story deals with some heavy themes but as it unfolds, it sort of falls gently upon your shoulders and really allows you to experience it and take it in.
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To be clear, I really loved this book. I wasn’t sure what to expect when I opened its pages but what I found inside was a real treat. Sometimes you fall in love with a book because of the writing. Other times, you fall in love with the characters or while reading it, you just find yourself lin ...more
The narrator, ala ...more
Because of her parents’ problems and the tense atmosphere at home, Florence spends most of her time with her grandmother’s maid, Zenie. Spending ...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
Florence lives in a house buil ...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
It's the 1960s. Florence is twelve. Her mother provides for the family by baking amazing cakes but drinks too much. Her father is an abusive racist who has a secret pastime that takes him out at all hours. Her grandparents live nearby, but she is often foisted upon Zenie, their black maid, and her family. As the events of a volatile summer play out before her, Florence is shown the great divide between the ...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
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
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
Her dysfunctional parents dump Florence on her grandparents and in turn, on their Africa ...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