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On the Occasion of My Last Afternoon by Kaye Gibbons
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really liked it
bookshelves: history

Interesting and realistic quick read, but really sad. I think every single character died, and died painfully, except the protagonist (who is in her last afternoon).

I thought it was interesting how the protagonist seems so competent, but then feels totally helpless without her slaves, especially Clarice. She finds it very hard to learn to cook, remember to eat, manage the house, etc. without a slave. People today go through this struggle on a daily basis, but it's taken for granted that you manage it all, so it makes me feel better that any single person now can accomplish tasks that most civil war women had a ton of constant help with.
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Reading Progress

August 3, 2018 – Started Reading
August 3, 2018 – Shelved
August 3, 2018 – Shelved as: history
August 4, 2018 – Finished Reading

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