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Dollbaby: A Novel - Laura Lane McNeal
Dollbaby: A Novel
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A big-hearted coming-of-age debut set in civil rights-era New Orleans—a novel of Southern eccentricity and secrets   When Ibby Bell’s father dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother Fannie and throws in her father’s urn for... show more
A big-hearted coming-of-age debut set in civil rights-era New Orleans—a novel of Southern eccentricity and secrets   When Ibby Bell’s father dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother Fannie and throws in her father’s urn for good measure. Fannie’s New Orleans house is like no place Ibby has ever been—and Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum—is like no one she has ever met. Fortunately, Fannie’s black cook, Queenie, and her smart-mouthed daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South, both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets.   For Fannie’s own family history is fraught with tragedy, hidden behind the closed rooms in her ornate Uptown mansion. It will take Ibby’s arrival to begin to unlock the mysteries there. And it will take Queenie and Dollbaby’s hard-won wisdom to show Ibby that family can sometimes be found in the least expected places.   For fans of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt and The Help, Dollbaby brings to life the charm and unrest of 1960s New Orleans through the eyes of a young girl learning to understand race for the first time.   By turns uplifting and funny, poignant and full of verve, Dollbaby is a novel readers will take to their hearts.
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780670014736 (0670014737)
ASIN: 670014737
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
Category:
Young Adult
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One for the Books
One for the Books rated it
3.5 Cute and enjoyable...
This was a cute and pleasurable novel. I knocked off a star because at times it just seemed a little too far fetched for me. It was a pleasurable and interesting read. There were several laugh out loud moments and some touching moments. Fannie was an interesting character and there was a bit of a tw...
Silver's Reviews
Silver's Reviews rated it
5.0 Dollbaby
The 1960's, New Orleans, a matriarch, a girl without a daddy, housekeepers, families, and secrets. Ibby was moved to her grandmother's home after her father passed away so her mother could have some time to herself. Ibby had never seen her grandmother before nor had she known about her until a wee...
Angel's Book Reviews 2.0
Angel's Book Reviews 2.0 rated it
1.0 Dollbaby: A Novel
37. DOLLBABY, BY LAURA LANE MCNEALI really wanted to like this book. When I read the blurb, I saw it was a coming-of-age story about a girl living in New Orleans during the Civil Rights protests, and I wanted SO BAD for it to be good. Alas, it wasn’t.Synopsis: When her father dies, Ibby’s mother aba...
Caities Reviews
Caities Reviews rated it
5.0
I received a copy through netgalley. Before I was even finished this book I was recommending it to others. It is just an amazing story based in new Orleans in the 60's. I felt like I was there, that is how the book draws you in. The author uses the accents in the writing and you can hear the souther...
Between The Bookends
Between The Bookends rated it
5.0 Dollbaby: A Novel
LOVED this one!
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