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As a child of the 'sixties, I was one kind of reader who felt this book spoke directly to me. All the large and small details of those days--illegal abortion, social stratification, Vietnam, even aerograms--took me back to a time when I could have lived protagonist Mickey's life. But this book is so much more than a vessel for reminiscence by a sentimental boomer. It's an intense romance for the younger reader. It's a social commentary. It's a vivid, dead-on portrayal of life in Cajun country. And most of all it's a literary coup by the great M.A. Harper, who always makes us explore the nuances of meaning behind emotional entanglements. I'm not much of a reader, but I fire up my Kindle whenever she brings out a book.
Fantastic story of life in rural Louisiana circa 1960s. Poor but talented boy and pampered rich girl. Lovable characters (except for the heroine's parents---real scumbags!) Great on life in rural Louisiana. Heart-breaking conclusion (but not to spoil it!).
I will ALWAYS read anything that M.A.Harper writes, including her blogs. She should be one of the best selling authors out there and publishers should be scrambling to publish her novels. I have loved everything she's written since FOR THE LOVE OF ROBERT E.LEE and will continue to do so. The only person who captured settings as well as she does was Pat Conroy and her characters are so very real that they seem to become part of your life. The stories are so very good that they stay with you.
M.A. Harper doesn't disappoint! This is a great read that I hated to finish. Vietnam, abortion, high school football, all hot topics of the 60's when I was coming of age, are handled with care. It's refreshing to remember how innocent we really were! Thanks, Annette!