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The House on Coliseum Street by Shirley Ann Grau
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Jan 23, 14

Read in April, 2008, read count: 2

Psychological study of a young woman's reaction to a traumatic event when she realizes her mother and aunt are going to pretend it never happened. Well done. The domineering, emotionally distant, proper mother is particularly well drawn. The atmosphere of New Orleans in the '50s is nicely evoked, but never gets in the way of the character and her story.

Update after reread (Oct 22, 2013): This time I was struck by the indictment of old-money Uptown New Orleans and of course the time period's prevailing attitude toward sex, as if young people weren't engaging in it. It's quite scathing under the surface, like the smell of rats the main character notices one night. I look forward to the group discussion of this being led by Gary Richards on Nov. 2 at the Louisiana Book Festival.
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Teresa Rereading for the One Book, One Festival Selection:
http://www.louisianabookfestival.org/ .


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