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The Oleander Sisters Paperback – July 29, 2014
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"Hussey tells a beautiful story of redemption filled with strong female characters and rich in detail." -Booklist on The Sweetest Hallelujah
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Elaine Hussey is a writer, actress, and musician who likes to describe herself as “southern to the bone.” She lives in Mississippi, where her love of blues and admiration for the unsung heroes of her state’s history served as inspiration for The Sweetest Hallelujah. Visit her at www.elainehussey.com.
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The story is about struggles and survival. Sweet Mama is the matriarch of the family and Sis and Emily are her granddaughters. Even though Sweet Mama is the matriarch, Sis is the caregiver of the group.
Also we have Beulah, the maid turned best friend of Sweet Mama. Jim, Emily's twin, plus Andy, her son, are important family members in the book.
The story takes place in 1969, which is when both the moon landing and Hurricane Camille hit.
I read the book in two hours, that's how excellent it was.
The story revolves around Sweet Mama's Biloxi cafe, which is named after her. This is the glue that binds the family together; they love the cafe, and the women work there, creating awesome southern meals, and a treat that had me drooling: Amen Cobbler. This cobbler actually has a starring role in the story.
Strong women. The love of generations. Excitement over a man on the moon. The destruction from Hurricane Camille. Jim's return from Vietnam. Emily's hasty marriage. Sis's dream about having her own husband and children. Sweet Mama's dementia. Family secrets. Abusive husbands.
I highly recommend this book.