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I was one of six kids and had four of my own. As if that didn't provide sufficient material about family chaos, at the age of forty-something, with a high school daughter and a four-year-old girl still at home, I decided to get a college degree. I earned, and I do mean earned, a B.A. in English with honors at the University of Virginia. My concentration was creative writing.
More recently I pursued additional studies under the tutelage of my seven-year-old granddaughter. Her refresher course in childhood perspective was invaluable in writing this book.
I was born and raised in Charlottesville, Virginia by my family's black maid. She taught me love and acceptance with warm, loving humor and unending patience.
The relationship I was privileged to experience taught me much about the human heart and the redemptive power of love, especially between races.
Top Customer Reviews
Although Ethel is the maid she is far more than that. She is the loving disciplinarian of her employer's children. She takes pride in teaching them manners in the way she thinks her employer would want them taught. Her employer, Virginia, trusts her with them in her absence as she would trust a family member. She does not judge her on the color of her skin but by the love Ethel shows Virginia's children.
Morony describes the good and bad of the adults in her story. It has a ring of truth. In spite of family discord, tragedies, financial reversal, alcohol abuse, and ultimately family breakup, the Mackey children retain their family bonds.
There are literally dozens of sentences I find myself going back to--just to savor how beautifully they are written. All the characters ring true and young Sallee and Ethel's rich relationship anchors this well-told tale of the complex interplay of blacks and whites, friends and foes, lovers and the families that bind them all together.
An absolute must read--the ending is heart-wrenching and believable and this book will remain on my shelf to revisit again.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Terrific read! I'm so attached to the characters. Morony paints such a vivid picture of the Mackey family, you could almost smell Ginny's perfume, taste the gin in Ethel's tin... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
This was a great glimpse into southern life with overtones of racial disparity and white privilege. Alcoholism rears an ugly head in this family's life.Published 22 days ago by Barbara J. Runge
Awesome telling of a sad, sad story. Very moving and beautifully written tale. The author masterfully draws the reader into the lives of the characters in a way that makes this an... Read morePublished 1 month ago by C. Garcia
This book kept my interest until 3/4 of the way through and I became interested in determining where it was going. It continued with Sallie, Ethel, et.al. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kris Martin