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The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew
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Nov 12, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: adult-fiction, book-club-selection
Read in October, 2011

By Anna Jean Mayhew
This wonderfully strong coming of age debut novel takes place in the south in the 1950’s. Thirteen year old, Jubie Watts and her family including Mary, the black maid who is closer to Jubie than her own mother, leave North Carolina for a Florida vacation. The further south they travel they become painfully aware of the way Mary is received.
When tragedy strikes, Jubie is faced with dealing with racism and adult issues far beyond her years. She proves that love and courage can transform a child to an adult very quickly.
This is a novel written by a first time novelist who just happens to be seventy one which is terribly inspiring and so wonderful that it is such a great book.
This is a book that is thoughtful, compelling, complex and filled with heartbreak and love.

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