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On Agate Hill by Lee Smith
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Jan 05, 2010

really liked it
Read in December, 2010

Read this for my book group after a glowing Chinaberry review. Have read a few novels by Smith and, with family who've lived in North Carolina, I find her local descriptions and knowledge of history there to be well portrayed in her work. Set in post war Hillsborough, a young girl writes in her diary about living among the ghosts of her family in a dying southern plantation. Takes many other twists, and has a similar use of a graduate student researching local family history as Monsters of Templeton, but I enjoyed Monsters much more. Still, not a bad read, and people in the south may find more interesting.

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