With it’s snappy dialogue, very likeable characters and acerbic humor the author delivers a very interesting and engaging story about the troubled lives of a family of Southern women and the strength they gain from their love for each other.
Why is there a tiny grave in Mosey Slocumb’s back yard? Her mother can’t or won’t answer, so she turns to her grandmother for answers.
This novel was notable for a dramatic storyline and its interesting female characters. What turned me away from it (all the drama - teenage pregnancy, drugs, adultery, rape, & kidnapping) may be exactly what makes another person enjoy it much more than I did.
A friend recommended this book to me and i really enjoyed it. Strong female characters fighting and struggling with each other but in the end fighting for each other! Sad, moving yet heart warming. Worth a read.
Just finished reading it. Really liked the Slocumb ladies' strong personalities and their will to not give up on themselves or each other. Really enjoyed the book.
For two generations in a row, the Slocumb women have met with disaster the year they turn 15: Big got pregnant with Liza; Liza returned the favour and followed it up by disappearing with her daughter, to return a couple years later as a recovering addict. Now Liza's daughter, Mosey, is 15 - despite being a virgin, she repeatedly takes pregnancy tests just in case. But a different surprise is in store for her in her 15th year: bones are found buried in the yard, and all three generations of the Slocumb family must deal with the story they tell. With its Southern setting and quirky, quick-thinking characters, this family-centered story is a must-read for fans of Billie Letts, Mark Childress, or Lee Smith.
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Amazing! Stupendous! What a read. Jackson has an uncanny ability of making the reader both dread and desire to turn the page. Dread - because the story is so well done you don't want it to end and desire - simply because the story is so well done you want to know what's next. All three characters were wonderfully created. I was invested from the opening line. Between Big, Liza, Mosey, Patti, Roger, and even Claire I was wholeheartedly invested. Starting with the heroines, because that is exactly what each of the main characters were, flawed heroines; I connected with each lady's storyline despite the severe differences in our lives. That's a testament to Jackson's ability to create characters anyone would care to read about. An added bonus to the story was the built in suspense and mystery of the true geneology of the Slocum and Richardson families. I am diligently looking for other novels by Jackson and thankful that Goodreads recommended this title based on my rating for The Help.
The BOOK was okay – but not one of my favorites.
did not read
3 generations of strong southern women tell a story of family secrets. Great setting, characters and story.
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