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Posted February 26, 2001
If I could click my heals and meet Ida Mae...I would!
Have you ever passed over a book simply because of it's title, I almost did that with Ida Mae. Look, I'm a male and everyone knows men don't read fiction, right. Of course that's silly but I have to admit that female coming of age stories are not my first love. But listen, Ms. Thornton has forced me to change my way of thinking. I'm not a professional reviewer and I'm sometimes turned off by the canned generic prose used in many reviews. So in honest, open and simple terms Ida Mae is straight up delightful. It's about love, it's about loyalty, it's about being oneself in a world in which sameness is frequently the safest path and individuality is seldom rewarded. Delores Thornton's Ida Mae has a huge comfort zone. Many times she could have given up and no one would have thought the less of her but she moved forward, I loved that in her. Very few things in Ida's life came easy. She had a man that loved her and was ready and willing to support her and their child, however the love was not mutual and Ida decided on a different path. Ida's love and loyalty enabled her to raise and cherish someone elses child, a child lost in the battlefields of domestic violence and drug abuse. Many who are the victims of rape succumb to the hatred and resentment of their attackers forever living in the nightmarish past. Not only did Ida Mae move forward, she forgave her tormentors therefore becoming the victor leaving them to face their own demons and their ultimate demise. Delores took me on a journey filled with racism, serial murders, domestic abuse and the tragic death of a small child yet the book never felt heavy, I forever wanted to continue. I can never remember loving so many characters in one book. Ms. Thornton did a fabulous job bringing these individuals to life, I cared about them and actually hurt when some passed away. I forgot it was fiction, Delores did her job quite well. Can a white couple raise an orphaned black child and love her as their own while insuring that she identify with her heritage and at the same time live in the south in the early 1900's? What affect would this have on their birth child, who had to endure the snickers and jeers of his classmates? It would be a tough row to hoe for sure. Life would not be easy for all involved but Delores Thornton showed me how love can be the cure. I liked this book...no I LOVED this book and I'm sure you will too.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.