©2004 Delores Phillips; (P)2008 Recorded Books, LLC
I love this book it's gritty and heartwarming and you really get wrapped up in the story. I wish there was another book in the series or that it wasn't serious I should say
Great telling of a sad & tragic story of the life of African Americans during segregation. Mentally unstable young single mother warped by the crazy social standards created by post slavery America. Blacks thinking the whiter or lighter the skin color the better, women thinking their only value lies within beauty and sex & blacks thinking their only options are to lie down and except being treated less than human.
Although sad, scandalous & at times appalling the story will capture your heart and have you hanging on to every twist & turn of this family's journey.
This book was so captivating. The characters are so unbelievable yet so believable. You almost wish you could be one of them so that your actions would also be told.
Tragic, poignant and depressing.
When the mother hurled her grandbaby by one leg down the gulley was so graphic. You can imagine the pain the mother's actions caused.
This novel was way too much to bare. As a mother, I wondered what kind of woman could and would do the things the mother in the story did, to subject her children to such vile, mean spirited acts of violence, the abject obvious poverty coupled with the mother's hatred and contempt for her children, especially her daughters.The mom is a vile character who will elicit disgust as well as sympathy. You can visualize her drunk and delirious, muttering and sputtering saliva, probably smelling of liquor, sweat, sex and cheap perfume. Listening to this novel, you'll often ask yourself "What in the World?". The mother and her children's suffering and the various forms of abuse experienced by her children are unparalleled. A tough, difficult novel to listen to and to absorb. Ouch. You cannot call this novel enjoyable. Tragic ... absolutely.
I feel it will take at least two books to get over the devastating emotions this book brought out in me. I can say that I have never craved revenge as I've done as I listened in the hopes she would do her momma in. This is to skin deep to not have happened. My pain for those children was wrenching and it hurt to listen to what they went through but the author made me stay.almost as if I were tied to my chair. I ate lunch in solace as I thought how to help, reminding myself that it's a damn book and these people are not real.
I was intrigued by the story line! Sometimes I really couldn't believe what I was hearing but I couldn't stop listening! I felt everyone emotion I had a some point or another. I loved it! I would love to read more from this author.
Well written and well read story. This is one of those stories were you feel sorry for the children, living with a momma that seems loving at times, but does and says the most evil things that will shock you. That and dealing with the racial tensions in the south at that time make for a good story.
This book... I can't praise it enough.. it is so honest. The author did magnificent job of giving ALL the characters so much depth. It shines an important light on mental illness in the black community that's ignored a lot. I can't wait to see what else this author brings. Two very enthusiastic thumbs up!!!!
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