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First, Lacey really nailed the subtleties of the South without overplaying her Mississippian heritage. To me, the parts about Mary/Juneula and her family were superb. At times, the writing glowed luminescent but more than this it rolled forward with the power to stop the listener in their tracks. You might find yourself struck dumb by a passage or a short chapter wanting to say...but--but--wait a second--but Lacey is already off at a clip around the next bend. What do you do with writing like this? Throw up your hands and dash to keep up is all I can suggest.
Keep in mind that I usually have a bug-a-boo about character development and consistency. While these characters are often so spare and almost translucent in quality that they don't seem strong enough, solid enough to pack the literary wallop needed, fear not--wallop away masterfully they do. Add these deceptively complex characters to the beautiful narration accomplished by Tusing and you have a powerful mix.
Lacey explores--no let me be more precise--rips apart and shreds to pieces concepts of love, belief, trust, memory, loss and time. Then she looks at the whole mess from the inside out and upside down. To quote the NYT book section--it's down the rabbit hole of love we go. I couldn't agree more. For me, it's been a literary dry spell recently and I, for one was thrilled with the chase. What a book. Prepare yourself for a treat. I loved it.
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