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Her daddy is a Baptist minister with a huge following. His devotees see him as almost God. But Faith discovers a terrible secret that lowers him in her esteem, and she dares tell no one.
Wing builds character so well that she shows the reader what kind of man Faith's father is. The community and radio audience see him as perfect, but we see him as the distant old-fashioned head of the family where sons are cherished and women are expected to serve. The minister cannot stand his daughter Grace, who is sickly, or Hope, who is rebellious. Faith, as the elder daughter, works alongside Mama without a thought of childhood pleasures.
We watch a family evolve in a world where black neighborhoods hang on the periphery and are hardly worth a nod of acknowledgement. Description creates atmosphere that can strike us with keen nostalgia. Wing's detailing of a dinner of home-fried chicken with gravy-smothered mashed potatoes had me yearning for that meal of my childhood.
Detail is so rich that sometimes it's overdone, causing a slow-paced novel to drag when the ordinary is minutely displayed. At times I wondered what it added to the story. In fact before Chapter 4, I was wondering where the story was going.
Early on, I was nearly overwhelmed with character names. Later, I realized these individuals, whom we never hear from again, are used to give a sense of community in which the family lives. Or they influence the development of our family characters. Therefore, the names to remember are only those of family or those outsiders involved in major events that affect Faith. Wing helps us remember.
The mundane detail of most of this novel creates a contrast with the tragedies that strike, thus accentuating them. We pick our favorite characters and see how the times affect them. And those incidents that stick with Faith also stick with us.
This book got me interested in two ways - I don't know much about that part of America and that period of history. J.C. Wing obviously took a lot of effort to recreate the setting and it shows - small Southern communities are described in painstaking detail, strained racial relationships are obvious and a lot of attention is given to the description of the living. From the making of lemonade to a preaching in local churches. You are fully immersed in the period, but this comes with a price - book is oh so slow, sometimes I felt like I have been mercilessly bogged down with the avalanche of details. Some of these details were essential, but some could have been skipped. However this slowness echoes the slowness of living in 1950s Mississipi. You can felt the beating heat of the sun, hear the clinking of ice-cold lemonade glass and you can understand why this has to be slow.
Story is nicely written, characters are lively and vivid with major changes affecting their lives. The book is definitely worth your time and essential read if you are fan of the genre and depicted era.
Everyone from a large family has a Hope, one who is temperamental, selfish and angry when she doesn't get her way, and is passionate about something and, in this case, that something is her younger sister. However, she grows up to be a bright, responsible, caring person.
Aside from death, the Linsey family goes on and survives, much as it does in real life.
I smiled and cried, mainly cried, during the heartbreaking reality in this story of growing up in a southern town in the fifties and the tragedies befalling Faith and her sister Hope. Faith had a friendship that was frowned upon in that time of our history. I rooted for Faith to have a good life in the book. She so deserved it. The characters were real and the story emotionally packed. Sometimes the story seems to have a little too much descriptive detail, but I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves those slices of life that are emotionally charged.
I was given this book as a gift and had to review it!