The Gone Dead
Billie James’s inheritance isn’t much: a little money and a shack in the Mississippi Delta. The house once belonged to her father, a renowned black poet who die ...more
Billie has taken a shor ...more
Billie James had an unusual childhood, taken fr ...more
In Chanelle Benz's debut novel, The Gone Dead, one biracial woman's return to the Mississippi Delta threatens to unearth secrets of her father’s life and death which have long since been buried by a community wounded by racism. As the novel progresses, Benz proves just how little we've come in the way of siding with solidarity over inequality, and no one learns this lesson more than our poor protagonist, Bi ...more
Knowing Benz from her short fiction, I had no idea for about half the book which way things were going to go. But then it got predictable. The final half of the book, the reader knows what happened, can easily guess what is going to happen, but I believe this is the poin ...more
Billie returns to her birthplace on the Mississippi Delta after 30 years away. After her father, a poet and activist, died in an apparent accidental fall, she lived with her mother, far away from what was left of her father’s family. The fact that she had been with her father on the night of his death is the first of many facts that had been concealed from her.
This is a compelling and immersive debut novel about family, secrets, race and persistence. ...more
Dnf in the middle of p. 28, after trying 3 different times to get through this book. It's bloody awful. Literally from the 1st words I was rearranging these so-called sentences & paragraphs so they might make some type of sense. There's also random extraneous info. thrown in all over the place, & a complete lack of style. To further muddy the waters, the pronoun usage is sloppy & undelineated to the point of having...more
Billie James' inheritance isn't much: a little money and a shack in the Mississippi Delta. The house once belonged to her father, a renowned black poet who died unexpectedly when Billie was four years old. Though Billie was there when the accident happened, she has no memory of that day—and she hasn't been back to the South since.
Thirty years later, Billie returns but her father's home is unnervingly secluded: her only neighbors are the McGees, the family wh ...more
When Billie returns she wants to discover exactly how h ...more
I listen to this as an audiobook and I suspect I should have read it as a printed book. They were parts that were so engrossing and just so well done that it made for a compelling read. The problem is how I listen to audiobooks, which is in short spurts and not for days at a time. Because of this, I know I missed some of the lovely writing since I’m paying attention to traffic instead of to the audio. Billie is grieving and trying to find out what happened to her long dead father in th ...more
The Gone Dead was a great read, one that for me, took a while to realize its greatness.
This is a fault of my own, not the writer's, for the writing style, and the overall monologue of the book was rough for me at first. Though, it grew on me not too far after starting this read. The southern setting was deep, but it soon overtook me and drew me to places, and people, and emotion that i'd yet to be drawn too in a book before.
If you enjoy a quick read that ...more
Looking forward to whatever Chanelle Benz writes next.
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