Wednesday, February 10, 2010

A good book...


I had coffee with a girlfriend Sunday and she lent this book to me. She started to tell me the story line and I remembered hearing the tail end of an interview with the author on NPR and how she is still getting a lot of flack in her Mississippi home town for writing this book.
I remembered the author closing the interview by saying she wrote the book because white people kept telling her how much they loved their black employees and how much their black employees loved them. Only, the author says, she never once heard the same sentiments from the black employees.
I devoured this book.
The story was character driven and I could see each person in my mind - their mannerisms, the way they talked, the tone of their voice... I could see their houses, the rooms, the scenery. It was beautifully written.
The story is about Southern life in 1962, centering around the black maids and nannys - told in their voice and with their eyes - about working for white women in Jackson, Mississippi. It's awful and anxiety producing, yet the strength of these amazing women shines through. There is humor (because sometimes people must laugh vs. cry), there is love and there is hope. I found myself on the verge of tears more than once.
If you are looking for a great read, pick up this book and let me know what you thought.


6 comments:

Dedene said...

I read about this book on the NYTimes book reviews. Sounds scandalous.

DebH said...

I am ordering this on Amazon right after I post this...I Totally TRUST your suggestion!! Thanks a Heap!! I love a good Read! :)

Shanster said...

Dedene - hmmm, I don't know if scandalous is how I'd put it... We all sorta know that history and have heard the terrible stories of predjudice/segregation.

That said, I've never lived in the South so maybe it is scandalous in that neck of the woods even in 2010? Must be since the author gets an earful still. And that is so sad to me...

Oh, it is a wonderful story, you should have a read... I loved it and couldn't put it down.

DebH - You have to tell me what you think of it when you read it! I can't wait for you to get it and we can discuss it!! I hope you love it as much as I did....

DebH said...

OK!! Just ordered it on ebay-paid and notified of shipment today already! YEEESCH...it mustofbeen all automated by ebay stuff,,but boy oh boy,,is that the way to buy stuff or what!? Never leaving my desk or my internet!

Heather said...

I have been wanting a new book to read recently! Thanks for the suggestion!

Shanster said...

DebH - oh yeah, can't live without technology!!

Heather - I hope you like it! Let me know if you get it and what you thought. I know I sound like a broken record but it was so good!