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This is one of those books that you can’t put down and when you’ve finished, you are so sad it’s over. It touches on so many societal issues - racism, sexism, homosexuality, adultery, loneliness. And the characters? All those lives, half-lived in so many ways... I can’t wait to read more of the author’s writings. ~ Reviewed by Shirley Cagle
The premise for this book, fictionally illustrating the events that befell the African-American population of a Mississippi town destroyed by a devastating 1936 tornado, is a creative endeavor. The fact that none of the African-American deaths were recorded and none of their voices heard belies the fact that all of the lives lost there were intertwined in daily life. The equivalent feelings of bewilderment in the face of injury and loss are palpable. Through Dovey, the author clearly voices the disparity and strife between the two factions. An extremely moving and thoughtful novel.
The first lines drew me immediately into this nail-biting, spine-chilling suspense novel. I could not have anticipated all the twists and turns that kept me guessing through the entire book. And that ending? Oh, boy! So creepy and fitting. This is exactly my favorite style of writing. I will be looking for many more from this author. ~ Reviewed by Shirely Cagle
This intriguing novel begins with a gruesome crime perpetrated by a troubled 14-year old boy, Matthew, while his 12-year old best friend Patrick (aka Tricky or Patch) watches on in secrecy and silence. Matthew is caught and serves time for the act, but Patrick swallows the guilt and shame of his inaction. Although Matthew seems to be the bad guy here, his position morphs over time until it’s not so simple anymore. There are clearly extenuating circumstances involved in the childhood crime. Patrick, however, balances on the precipice of a mid-life crisis, edging closer to a breakdown, pushed even further by the reappearance of a now-successful and wealthy Matthew. The twists and turns in this novel keep you on guessing until the very end. ~ Reviewed by Shirley Cagle
An interesting read about a growing sub-culture of van and camper dwellers living in subsistence conditions. The author immersed herself in this culture over several years and it plainly shows in her candid but gentle treatment of her subjects-turned-friends. Her narrative draws you through the life stories of numerous people, forced mostly through job loss or retirement, into a low- or no-rent living alternative, supplementing their incomes through minimum-wage, seasonal jobs. ~ Reviewed by Shirley Cagle