Jun 20, 11
Read from June 17 to 20, 2011
This novel is absolutely enchanting. Naylor seamlessly entwines the stories of generations of love and loss, magic and belief. Naylor paints her feisty matriarch, Mama Day, as a complex and believable character. Not in the mammy, Tyler Perry-esque tradition. Honor and love ooze from every page of this novel. If you don't see yourself in any of these characters, you certainly can see someone you know in them.
Naylor's writing is stunningly beautiful without losing an ounce of authenticity. I refrain from giving this book five stars because it takes a bit of work in the beginning to recognize the voices of the various narrators. Also, the ending was a bit lackluster and drawn out, to me. Other than that, this novel is close to perfection. I absolutely loved it and will read it again.