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Thought this was a bunch of short stories loosely tied together, but it wasn't. It seemed to start out that way and I'm not fond of short stories, but it was actually the story of Hattie from 1925 to 1980. The narration was mostly through her eyes and sometimes through her children's eyes. But it moved along through time and kept the story riveting. Not sure if I liked Hattie, but I certainly sympathized with her. Not sure if I liked all of her children either. But it's really Hattie that the reader gets to know and reluctantly, at least for me, admire.
Ayana Mathis, the author, writes beautifully. She weaves words like a maestro conductor. Her characterizations have depth and the plot has tension and creativity. A slightly different kind of a book, but one that shouldn't be overlooked.
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Initial post: Dec 17, 2012 1:20:01 PM PST
Ed Morgan says:
I appreciate the review, but it was a bit hard to get a real sense of it; can you compare it to any other books you've read?
Posted on Jan 17, 2013 1:53:52 PM PST
Joseph M. Super says:
The subject matter reminds me of Warmth of Other Suns, by Isabel Wilkerson. Hattie's book is very depressing. A. Mathis is a good writer, but I wonder where she got the idea for this book. As "Warmth" is an actual research of 3 individuals that left the south for a better place in the USA>
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