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The Keepers of the House by Shirley Ann Grau
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Sep 24, 2009

really liked it
Read in August, 2009

Southern womanhood took control ! The history of the Howland family was interesting and sets up the conclusion of Abigail's story. Abigail is the typical Southern woman but her experiences help her to find the iron in her soul. She responds to the bigotry and meanness of her community with a meanness of her own. She helps the community understand what the Howland's have meant to that county. She is also able to dismiss her husband from her life. She retaliates against her cousin, a mulatto in a subtle but diabolical way. I couldn't imagine doing what Abigail did, but I loved the tea party scene at the end of the book. You'll have to read the book to enjoy the scene.
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