This book was amazing. I didn't really expect too much from it because I've read "slavery" books so I thought it would be typical. Each character kept my attention and I wanted to be apart of the story. It had its sad moments and moments that made laugh myself to tears (chocolate pie).I did not like the ending because I wanted to continue to follow their lives. I enjoyed this so much!
I was unsure what to expect from this audiobook. After reading some of the other reviews I decided it was worth a try. What an unexpected suprise. It's probably one of the best books I've read or listened to in years. I was sad for it to end. Heartwarming & funny.
What a stellar tale, well told, worth every minute of my time! Having read literally hundreds of audio books, I am not stretching a bit to say this may be the most amazing production of voice I have ever listened to. I don't know which captured me first, the glimpse into southern life half a century ago, or the voices of those telling this story. The women reading are fantastic. They make you feel like they are telling you personally about their lives, and while the basic underlying theme gives clear insight into the racist society of Mississippi in the 60's, the book never preaches, never lays a guilt trip, but instead gives you a first-person experience of a time and place so far away from today that it is hard to believe it was within the last century. I just loved this book. It ranks among my all time favorites and it is a stunning first book by an author I will be following.
This is a wonderful novel. Some of the points are a little heavy-handed, like the bigoted head of the ladies' league raising money for "the poor starving children in Africa."
But the chilling description of how a white lady kills you by inches if you cross her ... that really sent chills up my spine.