Lonely motherless tomboy confronting sudden adolescence, prompted by her older brother's wedding. Some similarities with "To Kill a Mocking Bird" (http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...
) - in terms of character, situation, location etc. Very evocative re hot Southern summer etc.
McCullers has a very consistent voice, and yet somehow her books are distinct from each other. In particular, lyrical and more literal musical aspects to much of her writing (reflecting the fact she very nearly became a classical pianist).Why This Book Matters to Me
(This section was added after an epiphany, which prompted me to make my reviews more personal.)
This was the first McCullers I read, and one of the first American books I read. It was on the recommendation of a friend, in our mid/late teens (she's still a friend) and introduced me to a new writer and a totally different realm. I've read all her works several times, but as the first, this will always be special. Catherine, thank you.