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message 1: by Hollis (new)

Hollis "And second, she seems to be trying to conflate that very personal, intimate (and difficult) story with a much larger tirade against the tragedy and injustice perpetrated upon blacks in the South."

Yes. This is the strength of the book.

message 2: by Jessica (new)

Jessica Trujilllo I have to agree. Your review voices a lot of my own thoughts. The book is definitely full of raw emotion and some really great southern imagery that make it feel real. "We drank too much, smoked too much, were abusive to ourselves, to each other. We were bewildered. There is a great darkness bearing down on our lives, and no one acknowledges it." I think that about sums it up.

Unfortunately, the correlation between her story and the oft repeated plight of the southern black man felt weak and forced. It could have been much more powerful if she just told her story chronologically (without prefacing her brothers death) and then included a killer epilogue of all the related research and findings.

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