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Knee-Deep in Wonder: A Novel

2.89  ·  Rating details ·  63 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
“Who’re your people, girl?” In August, 1976, Helene Strickland returns home to Lafayette County, Arkansas, determined to learn the answer, but her probing only uncovers greater mysteries.

April Reynolds’s mesmerizing narrative seamlessly weaves flashbacks and voices to produce an epic account of one family crippled by the deepest wounds of the black South, introducing a bol
Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 1st 2004 by Picador (first published 2003)
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Nov 23, 2007 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
April Reynolds is an excellent writer. She spins a wonderful tale and creates rich and engaging characters that will suck you into this story of three generations of Southern women. What I found lacking and a bit disappointing was the plot. It was a bit thin and a quarter of the way in (once I got all the characters straight) I pretty much had the plot figured out. The denouement was very anti-climatic and I found she failed to fully explain WHY? Why did Liberty put Chess before Queen Ester? Why ...more
Feb 09, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This would be an interesting discussion. A young woman living in the northeast goes "home" to Arkansas when her aunt who raised her passes away. She learns abt her parents and her past. There were slow parts to the book but it would be interesting to discuss.
Nov 08, 2017 rated it did not like it
I had high hopes for this one - but had a very hard time finishing it. Hard to follow at times.
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May 07, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: paper-edition
I started reading this book, because I love family sagas about a few generations (also, it was free), but I was left disappointed. The story had potential, but the author couldn’t develop it. I found the writing style boring on moments, with so many details, that nobody cared about, so sometimes the pace was really slow (still I managed not to fall asleep).

Also the plot was not very strong and the characters were getting on my nerves way too often. I had a problem with Chess and Liberty relation
Feb 19, 2009 rated it liked it
I'm sitting here going through this story in my mind and I'm strangely reminded of Daphne du Maurier's "Rebecca". I'm not entirely sure why. The settings are completely different, although there are some unusual similarities. Actually, I've never read "Rebecca", so I'm basing this comparison on the movie. But the movie is fantastic--you should definitely see the movie. And I bet the book is great, too. "Knee-deep in Wonder" was okay with moments of being taken somewhere really interesting but ov ...more
Jun 17, 2015 rated it it was ok
I started this book with high expectations for what Ms. Reynolds would bring. After taking a month to read it, I realize that it's missing quite a few ingredients which is why ultimately this cake doesn't rise. There are so many holes in the story and the character development from point A does not lead to point B. I wish that instead of attempting to intermingle three generations worth of storytelling, Ms. Reynolds had focused on one protagonist. As it is there are too many narratives to rifle ...more
Aug 22, 2015 rated it did not like it
Actually, I didn't finish this one. Half way through, I lost interest and quit. Was she trying to write another "I know why the caged bird sings"? I will never understand the culture where the men just want to drink, gamble, and screw every female around but never work or take responsibility for their offspring. And the women who either abandon the children to relatives or raise them without morals and send them out to continue the same vicious cycle.
Jul 21, 2015 rated it did not like it
I had alot of trouble getting through this book. The style of writing was too disjointed for my taste. I didn't connect with any of the characters. I couldn't figure out why so many women were drawn to Chess. He was nothing more than a womanizer with no morals, who left disaster in his wake! I hoped the ending would pull things together, but even that was unsatisfying!
great storytelling, each chapter is beautifully written & emotional on its own, but they don't quite come together as a whole.
Jun 04, 2013 rated it it was ok
Southern family tale - not very interesting, predictable, and not much happens.
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