Fans of southern novels that explore the complex relationships between white families and their black hired help will find a compelling story about race relations in Praise Jerusalem.
Amelia, an aging Georgia matron forced by money woes to move in with two other women - outlandishly preachy Maybelline and take-no-nonsense Mamie, who is black - begins to confront her childhood memories of the black women who worked for her family.
Their lives, both tragic and yet sublimely proud, haunt Amelia even now, as she searches for a way to make peace with the sorrows she innocently observed.
Praise Jerusalem is a rare mix of poignant drama but also wry humor. Both the elder Amelia and her childhood self are primly rebellious and irrepressible; Amelia's sharp eye for petty human foibles never fails her.
©1997 Augusta Trobaugh, pseud. (P)2013 BelleBooks, Inc.
"A perfect balance of richness and delicacy...I found something to amaze and delight me on every page." (Bailey White, National Public Radio commentator and author of Quite a Year for Plums.)
"Trobaugh grounds her rich first novel with salty dialogue and earthy realism." (Publishers Weekly)
Yes! This is a great story that really paints a vivid picture of life in a small town in the South. The characterizations are complex, and the narration brings the characters to life. Both humorous and touching.
The contrast of humor and pathos.
When Maybelline arrives to move in with Miss Amelia.
I really enjoyed the talented narration, the voicings of the characters and the way the narrator set the mood perfectly for each scene.
No joy, no redemption, and no longer interested in listening to a screeching banshee! It's unbearable. Depressing and unrealistic!
Never say never, but...
Someone with a bit more ability to sing even poorly, and not screech!
Read the book don't listen to it!
This had been praised to be right up there with "The Help". Although I did enjoy the racial interactions in the story, it did not touch my heart nor keep my attention in any way compared to The Help.
The performance is what turned me off so bad. Most of the voices were done in such a high pitched nail-grating voice that it made it hard for me to listen to. I endured to the end but the whole thing was disappointing to me.
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