Dollbaby

  • by Laura Lane McNeal
  • Narrated by January Lavoy
  • 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A big-hearted coming-of-age debut set in civil rights-era New Orleans - a novel of Southern eccentricity and secrets.
When Ibby Bell's father dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother Fannie and throws in her father's urn for good measure. Fannie's New Orleans house is like no place Ibby has ever been - and Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum - is like no one she has ever met. Fortunately, Fannie's black cook, Queenie, and her smart-mouthed daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South, both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets.
For Fannie's own family history is fraught with tragedy, hidden behind the closed rooms in her ornate Uptown mansion. It will take Ibby's arrival to begin to unlock the mysteries there. And it will take Queenie and Dollbaby's hard-won wisdom to show Ibby that family can sometimes be found in the least expected places.
For fans of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt and The Help, Dollbaby brings to life the charm and unrest of 1960s New Orleans through the eyes of a young girl learning to understand race for the first time.
By turns uplifting and funny, poignant and full of verve, Dollbabyis an audiobook listeners will take to their hearts.

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Fannie's dark little secret

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

Yes, I indeed would. I wasn't sure if I liked the book at first, but it grew on me and became a fantastic novel.


Would you recommend Dollbaby to your friends? Why or why not?

Yes, I would. It was well worth the purchase.


Which character – as performed by January Lavoy – was your favorite?

Fannie was fascinating and turned out to be one of the greatest outstanding characters. I would not have named it Doll Baby though Fannie's little dark secret fit it better . Ibby although the main character actually was a supporting character in my opinion.


Was Dollbaby worth the listening time?

Yes, of course I enjoyed this book. The setting was very fitting, the narrator was very fitting as well.


Any additional comments?

Nice novel with a surprising little secret at the end. I never would have guessed and as a writer myself it's often hard to surprise me, well done.

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- Debbie De

Great Story

What made the experience of listening to Dollbaby the most enjoyable?

Loved it.


What other book might you compare Dollbaby to and why?

It really puts you in the Old South.


What does January Lavoy bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I always enjoy January Lavoy's narration.


Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It's relatable for anyone who has trouble with her mother.


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- Stacy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-03-2014
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio