This award-winning, coming-of-age gem by Jennifer Erin Valent recounts one farm family's struggle against racial bigotry in Depression-era Virginia.
When Jessilyn's parents begin raising her best friend as their own daughter, this kindness toward a dark-skinned orphan triggers threats and violence. While teetering on the brink of womanhood, Jessilyn must learn to be a shining light in a dark world.
©2008 Jennifer Erin Valent; (P)2009 Recorded Books, LLC
"Winner of the Christian Writers Guild's 2007 Operation First Novel contest, Valent has created a darkly evocative historical novel that boldly explores the divisive effects of unreasoning hatred, greed, and fear on a community already struggling with the economic and racial tensions caused by the Depression and exacerbated by the Ku Klux Klan." (Booklist)
Tangential, eclectic, avid listener... favorite book is the one currently in ear.
overtly preachy. Reads a bit like "Cold Sassy Tree" or the "Education of Little Tree" and felt more like reading a Newberry teen book rather than an adult novel. There are a couple internal inconsistancies in the book, few rough spots in the dialog and I had to suspend my disbelief a couple of times where the plot and situation felt forced. However, for a first novel this is fantastic. I enjoyed the 1932 Southern setting, coming of age theme and strong family values. Good narration.
Probably in the second 20%. There were a few I really loved and this would be right behind those. Definitely would recommend
The perseverance of the family
this was my first - she was excellent!
Probably Otis - just wasn't as well developed
It's truthfulness. That's also what I hated about it!
The Help perhaps because of the racial story line.
No, I haven't.
I can't remember her name but the woman who took the two girls into town for lunch. Why, because she is brave.
Beautiful sentiment and beautifully written and narrated. Although Jessie does get herself in a lot of trouble - she is very likeable. Highly recommended.
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