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The Dry Grass of August - Anna Jean Mayhew
The Dry Grass of August
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In this beautifully written debut, Anna Jean Mayhew offers a riveting depiction of Southern life in the throes of segregation, what it will mean for a young girl on her way to adulthood--and for the woman who means the world to her. . .On a scorching day in August 1954, thirteen-year-old Jubie... show more
In this beautifully written debut, Anna Jean Mayhew offers a riveting depiction of Southern life in the throes of segregation, what it will mean for a young girl on her way to adulthood--and for the woman who means the world to her. . .On a scorching day in August 1954, thirteen-year-old Jubie Watts leaves Charlotte, North Carolina, with her family for a Florida vacation. Crammed into the Packard along with Jubie are her three siblings, her mother, and the family's black maid, Mary Luther. For as long as Jubie can remember, Mary has been there--cooking, cleaning, compensating for her father's rages and her mother's benign neglect, and loving Jubie unconditionally. Bright and curious, Jubie takes note of the anti-integration signs they pass, and of the racial tension that builds as they journey further south. But she could never have predicted the shocking turn their trip will take. Now, in the wake of tragedy, Jubie must confront her parents' failings and limitations, decide where her own convictions lie, and make the tumultuous leap to independence. . .Infused with the intensity of a changing time, here is a story of hope, heartbreak, and the love and courage that can transform us--from child to adult, from wounded to indomitable.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780758254092 (0758254091)
ASIN: 0758254091
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corporation
Pages no: 352
Edition language: English
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Just a book blog
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4.0 The Dry Grass of August
During the summer of '54, 13-year-old Jubie, her mother, her siblings, and their black maid Mary head from North Carolina to Florida to visit her uncle. Along the way Jubie sees derogatory signs. Jubie's mother finds it hard to find a place for Mary to sleep for the night, she even finds it hard to ...
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2.0 Very short 2 star reviews and more
I have a problem - too many books, too little time. Yeah. So, I decided to make quick reviews of some books that were ok or worse. Watch Over Me - Gosh, it wasn`t so long ago, but I don`t remember almost anything about this book. For me it was boring, too much like self-help bullshit. 2 stars T...
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3.0 The Dry Grass of August
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I loved young Jubie; her honor, her courage, her fearless love for Mary. Yes, I enjoyed the character of Jubie! Her mother, not so much; her father, not at all; her older sister; didn't like her so much either! So the book is centered around life in the Carolina's during the 50's and how one youn...
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3.0 The Dry Grass of August
This was a heavy story with what felt like a lot of moving parts. I feel like I never really grasped some of the important themes that Mayhew was trying to bring across. We learn early on that something happened to Mary. What kept me going through to the end was that mystery. Along the way, we're g...
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