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The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew
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Feb 06, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: audio, southern-fiction

Since this book is set in the south in the 50’s and the Watts family has a “colored girl” you know something bad is going to happen to change everyone’s life, But this book was so much more than the story you are expecting.

Jubie Watts is 13 years old the summer everything in her life changed, even though her family employs “a girl” she is more like family to her and she doesn’t really understand the racial tensions that are rising around her. She really has no idea what kind of people her parents are, especially her father but that is all about to change as Jubie’s coming of age story unfolds you can’t help but want to reach out and give her a hug.

This book has shades of The Help which you can’t help compare it to but it is much more than just about the help it is about how you see your family, how you deal with seeing wrongs done to people and what you decide to do about them.

This is good 50’s southern fiction I say if you liked The Help or The Secret Life of Bees give this one a go!

Audio Production: Karen White narrates this one and I must say how impressed I was, I’ve listened to other books narrated by Karen but this was the first southern fiction and I will admit to being pleasantly surprised at how well she shifted between the different ethnicities. I highly recommend this book in audio because Karen’s narration is spot on!

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Reading Progress

February 6, 2012 – Started Reading
February 6, 2012 – Shelved
February 6, 2012 – Shelved as: audio
February 7, 2012 –
20.0% "narrated by @KarenWhitereads"
February 9, 2012 – Finished Reading
July 27, 2012 – Shelved as: southern-fiction

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