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The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew
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Jan 09, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction
Read in January, 2012

If you like stories like "the Help" and "Secret Life of Bees", you will like "the Dry Grass of August". It tells the story of Jubie Watts' 13th summer. it is August, 1954, and hot as blazes across the South. Jubie is going on a trip with her family, driving from Charlotte, NC, to Pensacola Florida. Going along to help with caring for the four children is the family maid, Mary. Jubie, who is at an awkward stage, is very fond of Mary, who shows her the love and affection that Jubie craves bud does not receive from her parents. Jubie notices the signs in towns across the South that say that negroes are not welcome. When tragedy strikes, Jubie decides to act for herself. When a second tragedy strikes, Jubie's family is torn apart.
This is a very touching story about a young girl feeling her way through the thorny times of growing up in the segregated South. It starts out in a meandering style, filling in the details of daily life. The last third of the book is very compelling.

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