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THE DRY GRASS OF AUGUST
Genre: Mainstream, Historical
Readers everywhere will relate to the voice of naïve Jubie Watts and her love and concern for a person close to her who is harshly mistreated. The Dry Grass of August will keep you glued to its pages with its intensity and demonstration of strong bonds of familial love that often extend beyond immediate family.
In the summer of 1954, 13-year-old Jubie goes on a road trip with her mother, siblings and her family’s black maid, Mary. Driving from North Carolina to Florida, Jubie takes note of all the signs indicating racism and segregation between whites and blacks and begins to feel tense for Mary, whom Jubie has loved and looked up to for years. When a devastating tragedy occurs, Jubie is in for a rude awakening regarding just how cruel the world still is. (KENSINGTON, Mar., 352 pp., $15.00)
Reviewed By: Sarah Eisenbraun
Published: March 2011