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Right as Rain: A Novel
by Bev Marshall (Goodreads Author)
In the tradition of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Cafe and The Secret Life of Bees, this luminous, heartfelt novel explores the tragedies and triumphs, the pleasures and sorrows of two women, Tee Wee and Icey, their families, and the white family that employs them as cook and housekeeper on a tenant farm in rural Mississippi.
Though the women are as different as ...more
Though the women are as different as ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published March 30th 2004 by Ballantine Books
(first published 2004)
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What is it about this book that is so lifeless and flat? Halfway through I find I just can not continue. Is it the constant jumping from one situation and set of characters to another? I am hopelessly disinterested in what will happen in the rest of this book. It tells a lot of details about a lot of characters but never makes me really care to learn more. Anyone else feel this way?
I really wanted to enjoy this book that I bought at the Tennessee Williams Literary Festival. I simply couldn't get into it and the character development was so weak that I really didn't care much about what happened to any of the characters. The novel finally redeemed itself somewhat in about the last fifty pages covering the trial.
This novel is described well by Goodreads and definitely has a strong sense of place. The story reveals how lives were lived by African American families in the deep South during the changing decades of the 1950s and 1960s. While we often hear about horrific acts that occurred then, what was almost more disturbing were the many smaller but constant ways that Caucasians hurt the situation with "ordinary" remarks that perhaps did not seem hurtful to them, but were hurtful to the recipients. There ...more
This novel was set in the South over a period of about 30 years and follows a collection of characters set in a small town in Mississippi. Two of the families are black and one is white. It is a wonderful story of friendship and loyalty. There are stories of love and personal tragedy. There is humor and warmth as these folks pass life together. Read this one to glimpse into the lives of people struggling to survive and understand prejudice, dealing with their love for each other and the dynamics ...more
This is a good read - compelling, I was very engaged. Why three stars? I felt the writing was very good but the story seemed a bit all over the place. That said, I would still recommend the book especially if you liked similar books about the South with a blacks/whites focus in the 50s and 60s. The Help fans or Secret Life of Bees fans would like this. But, like the Help (and unlike Secret Life), it at times felt like it wasn't going anywhere. Not sure how to describe it other than to say - good ...more
An honest portrayal of female friendship with a well-developed setting and storyline. I enjoyed the historic aspects and the subtle changes and acknowledgments throughout. For example, racism is certainly a part of the novel but it didn't overtake the plot. I wish a few of the minor characters were fleshed out a bit more, but overall a very good read.
Excellent historical fiction. As a Caucasian, it is difficult for me to judge but it seemed to portray the attitudes of African Americans who lived in the South from 1940-1968 very accuractely. I know that it accurately portrayed the majority of the causcasians accurately. Cover of both groups was very realistic and balanced.
I loved this book, covering two generations of three families brought together by their proximity to one another on a Mississippi farm. The book deals with rivalry, race issues and love. The characters are flawed and realistic -- just wonderful. Our book club contacted the author and she was very nice as well.
Why do I seem to like books where nothing happens? Again, it is just a story of daily life that somehow becomes more interesting than any epic tale. Set in the south at the beginning of the 20th century, this book, seemingly about nothing becomes a tale of suspense, drama, longing, sadness, hardship, love, hope, betrayal, and bravery. A good read, but it breaks your heart.
Bev Marshall is the author of three novels, Walking Through Shadows, Right As Rain, and Hot Fudge Sundae Blues. She is writer-in-residence at Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana. She grew up in McComb and Gulfport, Mississippi, married her childhood sweetheart and now lives in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, just down the road from the live alligator that serves as the town's tourist a ...moreMore about Bev Marshall...