Wednesday, April 13, 2011

The Dry Grass of August

The Dry Grass of Augustby Anna Jean Mayhew



The Dry Grass of August is a deeply felt and powerful debut novel. It is so beautifully written that it could easily have truly happened. Anna Jean Mayhew tells more than a simple story of the South. She takes us back to the South in 1954. She tells of a time of segregation, intolerance and things unspoken.

We see these issues through the eyes, and with the heart of 13 year old Jubie, our narrator. Reaching adolescence as her family is falling apart, Jubie is forced to come to terms with things that will change everything she thought she knew about her family and the world in general.

Anna Jean Mayhew has written an important book in beautiful prose. I savoured every page. Her characters are believable and memorable. I was moved to tears by the reality of this story and the beauty in which it was told. I am humbled by this beautiful story and the author herself.

 

7 comments:

  1. A terrific, deeply-felt review, Ann, that certainly makes me want to rush out and buy this book and read its beautiful prose for myself.

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  2. Wonderful review! Thank you for sharing....

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  3. Your review is the second one I read today, It is going on my TBR list for sure.

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  4. I'm so glad to see you loved this. I've met the author a couple of times and she is a delight.

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  6. I have only emailed with A.J., so you are very blessed to have met her. I do adore her!

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  7. Sounds like a good book. I read so many books that even though I enjoy them while I'm reading them I seldom remember what I've read. I tried to read books to review but I didn't enjoy it. I'm glad you do. Doylene

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