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Great book, touching and gripping!
on May 1, 2017
What an incredible journey! Let me start off by saying this is not a genre I read typically. I am more of an intrigue, romance, fantasy gal.
Well, not anymore.
Wow! Just WOW!
This is a book about womanhood but at large about humanity. Every single character is so realistically flawed and yet understandable. I love books that teach me something or make me understand something I thought inconceivable. This book told me of friendship, of addiction, child abuse, racism, Louisiana, discrimination, the 50s. It made me laugh and it made me cry, often at the same time. I found myself moved page after page.
Oh, the FEELS!!! I missed a flight while reading this book, completely engrossed in its pages, reading at my gate. It was worth it ;P
If you follow my reviews, you know how critical I am. Well, the writing was flawless. The author goes seamlessly back and forth in time using different points of views. I was not confused once.
Reading this book I transformed into a child, a mother, a friend. I cried death and celebrated love. I smelled the flowers and foods of Louisiana, I swam in the bayou, I learned some Cajun.
The description of how people of color were treated is appalling but historically accurate (as far as I can tell). It made me uneasy, as I think it was supposed to. "White people" at the time were mentally used to discrimination and did not perceive it as wrong, though it made my skin crawl. I did not feel that the author was racist like some reviewers expressed (and I am a fanatic supporter of minorities!). It is good we do not forget how bad things could get. Also, I did not feel like other reviewers that the story was cheesy. Topics like abuse and addiction were treated non-judgmentally and the idea of women having children was treated in a very nonstereotypical way, which I appreciated.
Oh, please, just read it already.