Saturday, September 15, 2012

The Dry Grass of August

Entree **** of *****
The Dry Grass of August is a wonderful, well written story that explores family relationships, love and racism. The main character is Jubie, a 13 year old girl living in Charlotte, North Carolina in the late 1950s. Jubie is taking a trip down South with her, mother, her siblings and their black maid Mary. Her mother has been really upset and fighting with her father recently, so they take a trip, apparently to see their uncle. The book explores the racism of 1950's Florida and Georgia and familial relationships, but its beauty lies in the character of Jubie, a charming, bright girl on the cusp of budding womanhood. Jubie's love is truly "color blind" and her devotion to those she loves proves that she will be a true woman of worth.

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