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I know the world of this novel; I grew up in it–in Selma, Alabama, to be specific. The “Clanton” of A Circle of Earth closely details the small city of Selma. I thought it wise not to use the true place name, as that might set up the reader to expect a different sort of novel. Circle is not political per se; yet to my mind much social commentary is there, for the person who is alert to it. Even young, I wanted to see much more of the world than Selma. For my undergraduate degree, I was sent to a private woman’s college, designed to better prepare me for where I was. After graduation I moved out of the country, to live in France for a period of years. Since that time I have lived both in Europe and Africa, as well as other parts of the State ...more

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A Circle of Earth

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"First, I want to thank Goodreads First Reads and Patricia Weil for winning a copy of this in the Giveaway. This was a wonderful and touching book. It did take me a copy chapters to get Into it as I generally read the fast paced thriller type books..." Read more of this review »
" I hope it is cricket to do this: my own book, A Circle of Earth, is somewhere in between. It can be read as simply a story, without some readers catch ...more "
" My own personal favorite is The Memory of Old Jack. It opens with Jack in his v late years and retraces the main events of his life. Wonderfully movin ...more "
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Patricia Weil Thank you, Mike, for your "like." I believe it was you who recommended JOE, which I didn't know but plan to read next. I just updated my profile a little. Was surprised that I had already, back during the summer, recommended THE TWELVES TRIBES OF HATTIE by Ayana Mathis. This is a general recommendation, not related to the books that are presently being voted on. If it involves the African diaspora, I consider it Southern. (I myself am from Alabama.) These are not happy stories that Mathis writes. But the wonder of what she accomplishes is that the book is strongly affirming in some way difficult to articulate, despite story content. Maybe that's due to the great compassion for her characters that comes across.


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