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Decorations in a Ruined Cemetery Paperback – January 1, 1995
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From Publishers Weekly
This well-crafted first novel about a New Orleans family offers cogent observations about race relations.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
This promising first novel, which has already garnered attention in literary circles, moves from the 1930s to the 1960s as it tells the story of a "mixed blood" family in race-conscious New Orleans.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Why not 5 stars? The beginning. I think the first 50 pages might discourage a reader who is not interested in New Orleans, first-person narrative, or murky references to characters we can't yet know. I might have begun the book with one of Catherine's letters; however, this criticism is a minor one. Consider this a novel well worth the effort. Brown's symbolism and metaphors showcase a phenomenal brain.
The book started out really slowly, and I thought it was going to be so boring, but it did managed to pick itself up after about 30 pages or so. I enjoyed the different narrations too, and the story that unfolded. However, the book just had an okay ending. So it started out slowly, picked up, and then fizzled at the very end (about the last 10 pages or so.)
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