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The Patron Saint of Red Chevys

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

    Highly Recommended, check it out!

    Set in the deep south at the height of the Civil Rights movement, Patron Saint of Red Chevies is a wonderful read, and works on so many levels. It is first and foremost the story of Jubilee, a 13 year old girl from Biloxi whose mother is violently murdered in the first chapter. Together with her sister Charlene, Jubilee tries to find her mother's killer and both girls come across many characters along the way and have many experiences trying to reconcile their mother's death while the killer is still at large. All the injustices of the South and of society in general are brought to the forefront and anyone who grew up in the turbulent 60's will recognize all the unsavory aspects of our society at that time. Jubilee is young, however, and has a strength and fortitude that her mother instilled in her that helps her deal with all that happens to her. Escellent read!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2005

    A great coming of age story

    This is one of the best books I've read in a while. This is a coming of age/family drama that demonstrates how people deal with the loss of a loved one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2004

    From Beat Up Old Chevys to Jefferson's Airplane

    This is a marvelous second novel, by the author of Worry Beads (1991). Set in Biloxi, Mississipi, during the early 1960s, when the Beatles were building their American audience and Elvis was beginning to step aside, Kay Sloan's Patron Saint is a novel that follows the coming of age of the novel's young protagonist and narrator, Jubilee Starling. Out of the horrific circumstances of her mother's murder, Jubilee negotiates a crew of characters, including her family, who seem to have walked right out of the red dust and swamps of the delta. Along the way she learns about the Klan, young love, anti-semitism, and madness, and catches the powerful fever of moving out and away from there that marks so much of great American literature. Yet for all that she leaves behind, she takes with her that beat up old red chevy and the legacy of the old south that hangs on like a recurrent dream. When she winds up on the West coast, at college, she becomes something of the 'real thing,' for suburban California wannabees who have heard about Mississipi blues but never lived it like Jubilee has. This is a novel drenched in music, with a fresh take on the rock and roll that once made the period seem new, at every turn a surprise that could change everything-prejudice, bigotry, envy and despair. And that's what makes this novel so fun and great, the imagination that insists, that well, it could be different - everything.

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