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Set in the fictional town of Rattlebone, Kansas, in the 1950s, these eleven interrelated stories reveal the emotional, financial, and social conflicts that govern the lives of the African Americans who live there. Winner of the Chicago Tribune Heartland Award.
|Water Seeks Its Own Level||41|
|A Most Serene Girl||95|
|The Great War||115|
|A Sunday Kind of Love||175|
|The Last Day of School||193|
Posted May 29, 2002
This was good fiction. Clair has told a story that gives alot of credence to African Americans in the midwest, and elsewhere for that matter. I really enjoyed the character October Brown, but I was really disappointed when there was no more about her throughout the story, but then again I understood that it was Irene's story and not October's. I was satisfied. I wanted more about the mother and father but Clair gave enough to show that the problem was that the father's dreams were really deferred and the mother's was also, though to a lesser degree. The language was dead-on and interesting. However, I don't think that the character Lydia Pemberton was necessary,she was interesting but Irene could have told us the same things. Red Quanders-Loved 'em, Clair could write a story about them period. This book was so rich!
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