The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt by Andrea Bobotis is a mystery unraveling one secret after another of four generations. You never stop being surprised! Andrea Bobotis shows deep insight into the racial conflicts of the South. She uses word combinations in a beautiful new way you would never imagine and builds the development of her characters creatively. You can’t rush reading this, but must take time to experience the tensions of all the characters. You feel richer after having read this novel.
I enjoyed getting to know the Kratt family and the introspection which came from Miss Judith Kratt as she took inventory of the material things in her family's home--each stirring a memory, some pleasing and others bubbling up moments of loss, pain, and regret. The story is reflective of a turbulent time in history so there are parts which aren't pleasant to dwell on but if the reader is open to feel the emotions conveyed the storytelling is richer for the experience. This literary piece finishes with a satisfying ending while allowing room for additional books to be written from Olva's perspective and from Rosemarie's viewpoint to span the missing growing up years. I hope the author pursues each of these other characters to make this a triology set.
This novel takes us deep into the murky history of a Southern family. Timely, with a classic feel, this story is also a page-turner, with plenty of intrigue around the mystery of the murder of Miss Judith's brother. The most compelling character in the book is Olva, who tolerates so much, and without spoiling the ending, we later learn why. This book explores the complicated history of the South and how the entanglements produced by the system of slavery are not so easily extricated through generations.
This book was a refreshing change from other books that are set in the Carolinas but were written by people who aren't from here. The characters read true and the situations are real. I think all of us from this part of the world have a Judith in the family somewhere, and to see her so perfectly portrayed was truly enjoyable.
This book is intriguing, I just kept turning the pages to see how the story would unfold. Some of the lines are just so perfect, I want to quote the author when I'm just talking to friends. I feel like the characters are old friends and acquaintances, they come across as so real. I can't wait to get my book club to read it. I highly recommend, this book is a treasure.