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Blue Hole Back Home by Joy Jordan-Lake
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Mar 15, 2009

it was amazing
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Read in January, 2008

My sister-in-law's book club recommended this one highly and it was gripping. The author is from the Nashville, TN, area. It was a beautifully crafted, lyrical story set in a southern mountain town in 1979. A "new girl" from Sri Lanka stirs up racial prejudices and divides her high school classmates. The voice of the story is amazing and the author's descriptions of people, scenes, and emotions are "right on:"

"...Momma's voice, which was usually sweet and soft as moss, except when she cranked up the volume--then sweetness grew serrated edges."

"...Now all white Southern women keep as a weapon against an uncouth world a certain smile that can be whipped out of storage and tacked up in an instant, covering over a multitude of too-candid moments."

"...tried to tread water above the loneliness that broke over me like a wave..."

Fascinating interview with the author at the end of the book. Her brushes with Ku Klux Klan activity in her childhood (late sixties in Tennessee) were unsettling.
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