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Glow by Jessica Maria Tuccelli
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Mar 18, 2012

really liked it
Read from March 18 to 19, 2012

A really great book. I will be recommending to those who need a great book club pick.
It reminded me a lot of Ann Patchett's earlier novels, and Alice Hoffman's earlier books also.
Ella's sister Mia sends her off on a bus in the middle of the night, to escape a possible racial crime against her. She gets dropped off(with her dog) in the middle of Georgia on a roadside, where two strangers assault her and leave her for dead, once they are happened upon by passing motorists.The passing motorists are Winnie Mae and Mary-Mary, a couple who take in Ella and Brando(her dog), and fix them up. They also spend the time helping Ella heal emotionally, while you get the backstory of Mia, Ella, Winnie Mae, and Mary-Mary. Some people have likened it to The Help, because of the racial undertones, except that this takes place earlier than that, and it's a small ensemble in the pages here. It all ties together very well, and you throw in a mysterious "glow" of Lovelady, the ghost child who guides Ella through her tough times, as well as Mia, miles away. It's so hard to put a book like this into words, except to say read it, you won't be sorry.
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