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A Future Classic,
This review is from: The Dry Grass of August (Paperback)
The Dry Grass of August tells the deceptively simple story of Jubie, a privileged white Southern teen whose eyes are beginning to open to the reality of 1950s racism. Although parallels might be drawn between this novel and, say, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Dry Grass of August offers broader and deeper examinations of class differences and family dynamics, enriching the story considerably. It is at once a story of segregation, a chronicle of a family's disintegration, and a record of the coming of age of Jubie, her mother, and the country as a whole. Brava.
The author has completely captured the language of the time and created a sense of place so realistic that one almost feels compelled to swat at the mosquitoes that surely must be nearby.
To me, a good book is one I can reread multiple times and discover something new each time. By this measure, the Dry Grass of August is a very good book indeed.
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Initial post: May 19, 2012 12:22:36 AM PDT
I would not call Jubie "privileged." She was white and had a roof over her head, but a "privileged" girl is not horribly beaten and terrorized by her father while her mother does nothing.
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