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Posted December 21, 2001
Posted October 15, 2001
The Year of the Sawdust Man is the best book I have ever read! Alexandria Lafaye really told how Nissa feels and thinks. I could not put this book down...ever!
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Posted July 10, 2010
Welcome to Harper, Louisiana, circa the 1930s. The norm is rule-abiding, conservative white folks. If you don't fit this mold, be ready to serve as the subject of town gossip and superstitions, just like the Bergen family.
Ivar is caring while his wife, Heirah Rae, is both free-spirited and strong-willed. As for their preteen daughter, Nissa, she is a dynamic combination of both. The Bergens' get the unwanted attention of many, especially when Heirah Rae suddenly leaves the family for a new life. Speculation arises about: her whereabouts, Nissa's somewhat extreme behavior, and Ivar's courtship of another woman.
How will Nissa and the rest of her loved ones adjust when the entire town is morally judging them?
If you're looking for a serious-toned book that captures the difficulties that separation has on children, look no further. THE YEAR OF THE SAWDUST MAN is unforgettable. Nissa's emotional struggle after her mother's disappearance is realistic and proves that while children are never to be blamed for the separation of their parents, it is hard for them to overcome that initial sense of guilt.
The book also explores various explanations on why adults separate, the relationships between step-parents and kids, and the acceptance of differing perspectives. Definitely a must-read for all who may be in situations similar to Nissa.
Posted July 18, 2001
Posted June 19, 2001
In 1934, it's unusual for a mother to choose to leave home. Eleven-year-old Nissa is thrown for a loop when her mother does. True, Heirah's always been a spontaneous, unpredictable person whose mood would shift 'like a change in the weather,' one minute full of joy, the next minute full of anger. But Nissa's always felt very close to her. They've shared a million secrets and every adventure, so Nissa doesn't know what to think when she finds the house empty and her mama's clothes gone. She wants answers, but there aren't any. There's only gossip ¿ and suspicions about a Sawdust Man ¿ An empathetic look at the forces that shape families and the bonds that hold people (sometimes too tightly).Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 4, 2000