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Mother of Pearl by Melinda Haynes
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May 31, 2010

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Read from October 04 to 16, 2011

This was an unusual book for me. I almost put it down many times after starting it. There are so many characters and storylines going on that I felt lost at times.

The writing is wonderful however, and though it took me until somewhere around page 180, I wanted to know how the story would end. What each persons, or couples, outcome would be.

The ending was one that made me feel sad, and unsettled. So many unhappy people and such an unhappy time and place.

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Though I was content, if not happy, with the ending I wondered about how things would end after the last sentence. The stories throughout the book about the 1950's in Mississippi and Alabama had me wondering how long it would be before Even found himself hanging from a tree for having/raising a blond, white child.

Each character became someone I felt as if I knew, and if not cared about, liked in spite of their uniqueness. Even, Valuable and Joleb being among my favorites.

I think for a first novel, Melinda Haynes, tried very hard to put forth an outstanding story and just fell short. I would like the opportunity to read another novel by this author and wish her the best.

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Padgy I have this book. Can't wait to see your review.

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