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What did you like best about Jewel? What did you like least?
A well written story with a realistic glimpse of life with a mentally and physically challenged child in the 50's. My only real complaint is that 1991 people were aware of the strength of words and the continual, unnecessary and overuse of the words 'retarded & nigger" did NOT enhance the book or better define the characters, time or social atmosphere. It was a sad distraction from what could have been a wonder read.
Who was your favorite character and why?
The main character is strong, reminds me of my grandmother. A woman who would have concurred the world on her own but appreciated the husband and the role he played as head of family in the home.
What about Celia Weston’s performance did you like?
Celia mastered the deep south accent and attitude of the 50's.
If this book were a movie would you go see it?
Hallmark could possibly make it worth a rainy day watch.
Any additional comments?
My review may seem biased but I am a 50 year old white woman raised in the south and still found this book offensive however; if you can push through to the end of chapter 6 where the mother FINALLY learns to speak without using the N word, its a good story.
How did the narrator detract from the book?
Narrator missed narrating the end of chapter 9. The part right after Jewel and Leston leave the doctors office. Though a short part, this missing piece gives insight into how the couple felt after receiving some info regarding the baby. I only knew as I followed along in a paperback.