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On Agate Hill by Lee Smith
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May 09, 10

Read in May, 2010

I was captivated by the honesty of this little girl's narrative. I always love a story in which the characters have no pretenses - and the world she is trying to grow up in (Reconstruction-era South) is falling apart, one page at a time, one layer at a time, one person at a time, and she is making sense of it in the best way she can. I kept wondering what was ahead for her, and was always surprised. There is something both gruesome and fascinating about this book - it has a lingering sense of Miss Haversham about it.
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Susie James Have YOU ever felt like a "ghost girl"?


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