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The Last Noel by [Malone, Michael]
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Length: 306 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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From Publishers Weekly

Scarcely a month after J.F.K.'s assassination, two seven-year-old children-a spoiled, white North Carolina girl born on Christmas Eve and a poor, street-smart Philadelphia black boy born hours later on Christmas Day-take a sleigh ride early Christmas morning and begin a lifelong friendship. After an intriguing opening, this earnest fable about social change from veteran novelist Divided into 12 unevenly spaced vignettes-each set during the Christmas season-the plot traces the star-crossed friendship of Noni Tilden, daughter of her town's richest family, and Kaye King, grandson of Noni's mother's maid, across a span of four decades. The familiar characters verge on stereotypes: Noni's father, Bud, is a hard-drinking former basketball jock; her mother a snobby socialite; her brother, Wade, a bigoted, scheming land developer. Aunt Ma, Kaye's grandmother, is a kind but tough woman who "knows to keep her place in a white man's world." Malone (First Lady) also has a corny way of introducing bits of race-related history and period details into the narrative ("Judy's doing it. It's called aerobics," says one cocktail party guest to another). The story does pick up some momentum about two-thirds of the way through, and readers who stay the course will be rewarded with a sentimental, fitfully affecting drama of sibling feuds and divorces, loss and reconciliation. (Nov.) Forecast: Sourcebooks Landmark is counting on Malone's crowd-pleasing abilities to make this a big Christmas book-a 100,000 first printing is planned. The price is definitely right, and a strong marketing campaign and seven-city author tour should help, though the book will face stiff competition from other Christmas releases and classics.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Malone moves from short stories (Red Clay, Blue Cadillac) and police procedurals (First Lady) to create a novel of enduring friendship. Daughter to the wealthy Tildens of Moors, NC, Noni is born on Christmas Eve 1956. Hours later, on Christmas Day, Kaye arrives as a new grandson to the King family, longtime black servants to the white Tildens. Noni and Kaye meet on Christmas Day in 1963 as seven-year-olds and forge a bond that survives every effort to separate them. The novel is arranged in 12 chapters, covering Christmases over 40 years. Through the prism of Kaye and Noni and their extended families and friends, the author sheds light on American culture and especially its range of relationships. Though expertly imagined, this book will mostly appeal to the lucrative women's market, especially with its tearjerker ending. And while definitely Southern in setting and characters, it doesn't have the authenticity of recent works from other North Carolinians, such as Pamela Duncan's Moon Women and Robert Morgan's This Rock. For public libraries with ample fiction budgets or where Malone has a following.
Rebecca Sturm Kelm, Northern Kentucky Univ. Lib., Highland Heights
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product details

  • File Size: 731 KB
  • Print Length: 306 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (October 1, 2003)
  • Publication Date: October 1, 2003
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00452V59O
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #448,210 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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