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Right as Rain: A Novel (Ballantine Reader's Circle) Kindle Edition

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Length: 450 pages Word Wise: Enabled

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"In the moonlight she fantasized that she and Browder were silver people, not black or white, but only different shades of pure sterling." The fantasy belongs to beautiful Crow, whose mother, Tee Wee Weathersby, cooks for Browder's mother, Euylis Parsons. Crow and Browder love each other truly, madly, deeply, but it's 1958 in Zebulon, Miss., and race is fate. Bestseller Marshall (Walking Through Shadows) is an extraordinary storyteller. A master of spoken and internalized speech, she keeps the reader in intimate proximity to her large cast as she weaves her various plot threads, moving deftly from 1940 to 1968. There's laugh-aloud humor in the ferociously competitive friendship between Tee Wee and Icey Hamilton, who hires on as the Parsonses' maid and moves into the other tenant house on the farm; the scene in which the two women mud wrestle is priceless. And there is plenty of heartbreak, too, particularly when Icey loses her son Memphis in a senseless accident. Marshall's great triumph is her ability to convey the humanity of all her characters, male and female, black and white. Even those stock villains of Southern racism, the sheriff and the district attorney, seem victims of an inherited ethos. There's a touch of Hollywood in the long homicide trial at the end of the book, but Tyler Powers, the long-haired, Harvard-trained white lawyer whom Crow hires to defend her little brother, J.P., beautifully makes the point that in Mississippi of 1968, it's the whites who need to be freed.
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“An old-fashioned Southern family saga and a page-turner, a wonderful blend of comedy and tragedy. This novel takes on, without fear, the complex truths and ironies that make up black-on-white life in the deep South. Bev Marshall knows her land and her people. These voices ring true.”
—BRAD WATSON, author of The Heaven of Mercury

“Bev Marshall has managed the rare feat of mixing history and fiction, memory and magic, and she has accomplished the all but impossible task of writing about race in a way that is utterly generous, without censure, apology, or fear. . . . After this one book, she’s one of my favorite writers. I look forward to reading everything she’s written and is going to write. It’s not often that a writer’s staying power is so evident so quickly.”
—KAYE GIBBONS, author of Ellen Foster and Divining Women

Right as Rain is a saga in the best sense of the word. . . . Marshall has put her heart and soul on the page for the reader and the result is a novel so haunting and beautiful that it will stay with me always. This book firmly establishes Bev Marshall as one of our most amazing and vivid American voices.”
—SILAS HOUSE, author of A Parchment of Leaves and Clay’s Quilt

“I marvel at the wisdom tucked away inside these pages, at the generosity and artistic grace on display here. This is a fine, fine book.”
—STEVE YARBROUGH, author of Prisoners of War and The Oxygen Man

“Bev Marshall has not so much written a novel as she has drawn back the curtain on a South-facing window, a view of Mississippi fifty years ago, of forty and thirty years ago. . . . They are not so much characters as people we have known; their stories not so much witnessed as shared. The shifting points of view—female and male, black and white—never shift away from honesty ...

Product Details

  • File Size: 758 KB
  • Print Length: 450 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0345468422
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; Reprint edition (December 18, 2007)
  • Publication Date: December 18, 2007
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B000XU4TIQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #938,487 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Bev Marshall grew up in McComb and Gulfport, Mississippi. She is the author of three novels, Walking Through Shadows, Right As Rain, and Hot Fudge Sundae Blues. Her awards include the Mississippi Library Association Fiction of the Year Award, the New York Public Library Best Books for the Teen Age award, and others. She lives with her husband, a retired military and airline pilot in Ponchatoula, Louisiana, where a caged alligator serves as the town's tourist attraction.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Armchair Interviews on April 13, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I am a sucker for southern novels and southern writers. They have the ability to speak to my heart in such an intimate way. And Bev Marshall is no exception. She is a wonderful storyteller. Her novel, Right as Rain has an intensity that takes your breath away and a softness that fills you with a quiet peacefulness.

Right as Rain spans two decades in Mississippi and entices us to scrutinize our history of race relations; or lack thereof. What is shown will repel you and draw you in at the same time. The rich fabric of the story of Icey and Tee Wee, their families, and the family that employs them is fraught with racial strife, unrealized dreams and secrets that grow larger with time. But it is the love and friendship that evolves between Icey and Tee Wee that touches our hearts and keeps us turning the pages.

If you enjoy realistic fiction but need to know that there is love, kindness and joy in the world, regardless of circumstances, or that strength of character can survive the obstacles life throws at people, then this book is for you. An added bonus is that Marshall's prose grabs the reader and takes them for a ride they'll tell their friends about.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Granier on August 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Bev Marshall's Right as Rain is a well crafted novel. The characters are realistic yet unpredictable. At times I felt as entangled in their lives as the characters in Gone with the Wind.
The Southern flavor that runs throughout the novel is charming and believable. Tee Wee and Icey were so vividly described that I felt I knew them all my life; I watched their families grow as the neighbors in my own hometown. My only disappointment was the court trial that took place at the end of book. I felt it was a little drawn out. When I was ready for this novel to conclude and finalize the characters' lives, it began an arduous court scene. However, I would recommend this book to my friends and would definitely give it as a gift. I'm looking forward to reading other books by Mrs. Marshall. Thank you Mrs. Marshall for capturing the true essence of southern charm that is still alive and well!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Reader from Jackson, MS on May 11, 2004
Format: Hardcover
My daughter gave me a copy of RIGHT AS RAIN for Mother's Day, and it was one of the best gifts I've ever received. The novel brought back so many wonderful memories of my childhood. Marshall is a gifted author with the ability to paint such vivid pictures with her prose that reading a scene is like living it! The voices in the novel were so right on, black and white, adults and children, Marshall tackled them all beautifully. I couldn't believe it when I saw on the book jacket that she's a white writer. Her understanding and sympathy for the plight of African Americans during the civil rights era showed in every line. Thank you, Bev Marshall for this wonderful gift. Can't wait for your next one.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 29, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Bev Marshall has a way of drawing you into the lives of the characters who people her books. Right as Rain is no exception. This is one of the first books in which a certain turn of events actually made me angry at the author. A turn in my favorite character's life made me absolutely furious! Thus, her knack for drawing you in completely. Several hours later I forgave Ms. Marshall but was haunted for days with the question, "I wonder what happened next in their lives?!" I want more! More of your beautiful, enigmatic characters! More of their life experiences!
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By Aloysius on December 1, 2011
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Bev Marshall's RIGHT AS RAIN is, above all else, a most believable story. As a Southerner I find it most recognizable, unlike THE HELP which reads as though written for the movie it made. Kathryn Stockett's characters seem distant and 'illustrated' where Tee Wee and Icey are readily accessible. Perhaps the best thing about Bev's Marshall's books (see also WALKING THROUGH SHADOWS and HOT FUDGE SUNDAE BLUES is that they don't adapt to the screen. She is a wonderful writer whose words are better that pictures.
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By Mothlove on September 23, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
I loved Right as Rain. The characters Icy and Tee Wee are two of my favorites. Bev Marshall should write a sequel about them! Also, I enjoyed the drama between Browder and Crow--very suspenseful! If you like southern literature, you'll love this book. I feel as if the author has documented a lesser known piece of history and is telling a story that needs to be told.
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