It took me a while to get into this book but its worth sticking with! It is a very descriptive story of the south that spans generations of the Howland family. Long story short... a wealthy white land owner secretly marries a black woman in ( I believe in the 60's) but they publically have children together. Until the marriage was found out no one had a problem with the relationship but after the marriage is discovered it has unfortunate ramifications for the family both black and white. But that is not the whole story, the most important theme is women who will sacrifice there own hearts desire to protect and better their children and their home. This story combines a sweet blind love story with a contrasting story of marriage of convenience. It is lovely and heart-breaking but also satisfying at the end.
WOW! I don't know how I have missed this Pulitzer prize winner. It reminds me of The Help, To Kill a Mockingbird, Fried Green Tomatoes and Gone With the Wind all at once. It has elements of racism, society in the 1960's small Southern town, forbidden love, oppression of women. The characters are unforgettable, very well developed. I have known a few people like those in the book. Do they exist only in the South? Why the story about the moonshine still? How did William feel about women? What does Margaret think about anything? And how about all the ancestral spirits? Please, Audible, get some more books by Mrs. Grau.
Really couldn't get into this one. At times it was just the story and others it was just the monotone voice of the narrator.
Unfortunately didn't finish this one.
I thought from the excerpt this would be a great book. Instead I found a lame excuse for a listen.
The powerful rich Southern family has a secret. Everyone knows most of it and it is not much of a secret. After all everyone talks and the rich families are great fodder.
After the patriarch and his mistress dies, only his granddaughter and her family are left to run the family homestead. During her husband campaign for public office, the secret surfaces.
The town turns vigilante and the granddaughter has the moxie to defend her family when the pillaging mob comes. Her husband has abandoned her. So she takes revenge.
The author thinks sprinkling the book with the Lord's name used a curse gives it some spice. Cursing rarely gives anything a lift. Using the Lord's name in vain is not good in any circumstances.
Save your money and pass this one up.
There are some areas that the author could have elaborated on, things that a briefly mentioned but nothing else so you're left wondering about it.
Inflective, well-modulated, soothing
I'm interested in hearing more from both the author and the reader.
The overall content of this story was very interesting. The writer was very descriptive as she weaves her compelling story. The narrator was by far one of the best that I have heard in audiobooks. Riveting.
Alic should quit listening to audio books. Being from Miss. which is the undoubted background of this book (or possibly Alabama), there is more truth here than fiction. The author knows of an actual similar life story and it shows. The author was born in New Orleans and spent time in southern Alabama. Superbly read and an excellent book. Most of the Pulitzer Prize awards years ago were spot on. This story has applicability today when you read some of Obama's previous writings on familty matters.
I have downloaded close to 60 books and have listened to all but one so far. I will not be finishing this one either.
I almost stopped listening in the beginning because it gave too many details of people who didn't seem to be the main characters. I came back to this page to see what other reviewers had written, and decided to continue. I was disappointed, though. The author writes a story of facts without emotions. The story goes through too many family generations, telling details of people who never appear in the story again. Then years go by and you don't get the idea of how the characters really felt, just a listing of events.
I think the only reason it won a Pulitzer Prize was because 1965 was still a racially charged time, and the story deals with discrimination. The story doesn't have much meaning in today's world.