Lots of writers write about courtroom drama, but this is by far one of the best I've read in a long time. I can't write about my favorite part, but I'll just say this... exposure rocks.
He nailed it.
Exposure-the price we pay.
Very hard to say because there were so many good things. Really. I especially liked how the story tied in the title, "The Invention of Wings" in such a way I could visualize the heartbreak. If this is from the author's own imagination, she is very good at symbolic imagery. As a southern white woman with two bi-racial grandchildren, my heart broke for what society did back then in the name of "God" -- and to think it wasn't even that long ago. Thank GOD for people like Sarah Grimké.
Three actually, Handful, her mother, and her sister Sky. Throughout the book I was cheering them on and horrified at the same time at the lives they lived, or rather, suffered. They all held on to "themselves" in spite of what was done to them.
I loved this narrator and wondered if she was the same one that read "The Help". (I was too lazy to look though.) She does a wonderful job of placing the reader in the shoes and thoughts of the characters (except for "the Mrs."-- I didn't get her at all.)
Loved it. Loved it. Loved it.
Yes, and I plan on it. There is so much depth to her writing in this book. Normally the way she expounds on a description of a word or feeling comes across as a little cheesy in her other books, but in this book they were perfect and added so much to this poignant and heartbreaking story of so much loss and pain.
The final discovery of the journal. I can't say more without giving it away.
How does it end?
I loved this book! As a PK I really related to the whole thing. It was a truthful story and very impacting. Every pastor should read it. The narrator read a little slow (pace) but I loved it anyway!
There is nothing positive about this book. I'm finishing it because I'm hoping there might be some happiness somewhere in it but so far these people's lives are a hot mess of their own self-absorbed doing. It's hard to feel sorry for any of them. I'm almost to the end and I'm glad. It's a depressing book, although written well.
This was my first Burke novel and I must say it kept me hooked all the way through to the end. I would say more about the end but I don't want to ruin it for anyone. I LOVED the narration, Will Patton did an excellent job. The way the author described the locals and the landscape had me right there in Louisiana with the characters seeing it all. Very good book and worth the $$.
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