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I've so enjoyed listening to Delphine as she grows up. Twelve here, going on a life-forced thirty, she faces new challenges with her sisters ('cause they're growing up too!), with society, with nature itself.
Down in Alabama, things are crazy! Their mother, who recently re-entered their lives, has taught them to be free and proud. She's a poetess who's as independent as they come, and she's taught the girls to be fearless, to speak their minds. And that's not something you do in Alabama. You don't raise your fist and say, "Black Power!" and "Power to the People!", not when men still ride the night wearing sheets and burning crosses.
The story is one of love and family, of sibling rivalry/despair/joy, of growing up in hard and fast times. There are echoes of the damage Vietnam is doing, of drugs, of having to say, "Yes, Sir" over and over and over to the town Sheriff who is probably Klan.
But there is also humor and friendship, of defining who you are, and of giving back to those that love, even if it means ironing Ma Charles' sheets in a sweltering summer.
I loved each of these three books because they touch on history, they touch on life, they touch on devotion. A stellar book with dazzling narration by Sisi A. Johnson who can do ANYone's voice, can convey ANY emotion.
What a pleasure!
(...just pleeeeze let there be another one...!)
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