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Monday, June 7, 2010
Mailbox Monday June 7
Mailbox Monday is a meme where you can post what books came into your home during the week. It is hosted by Marcia over at The Printed Page. Go on over and check it out. Be warned though it can lead to large TBR piles and wish lists!
Just one book for me this week. The mailbox has been slow but it's okay. I've been pretty busy with my son graduating high school and my daughter being diagnosed with Graves Disease. She will start treatment tomorrow which means we have to stay home for a few days. Hopefully I can get some reading done then. I think life is finally calming down here.
The Queen of Palmyra by Minrose Gwin
"I need you to understand how ordinary it all was. . . ."
In the turbulent southern summer of 1963, Millwood's white population steers clear of "Shake Rag," the black section of town. Young Florence Forrest is one of the few who crosses the line. The daughter of a burial insurance salesman with dark secrets and the town's "cake lady," whose backcountry bootleg runs lead further and further away from a brutal marriage, Florence attaches herself to her grandparents' longtime maid, Zenie Johnson. Named for Zenobia, Queen of Palmyra, Zenie treats the unwanted girl as just another chore, while telling her stories of the legendary queen's courage and cunning.
The more time Florence spends in Shake Rag, the more she recognizes how completely race divides her town, and her story, far from ordinary, bears witness to the truth and brutality of her times—a truth brought to a shattering conclusion when Zenie's vibrant college-student niece, Eva Greene, arrives that fateful Mississippi summer. Minrose Gwin's The Queen of Palmyra is an unforgettable evocation of a time and a place in America—a nuanced, gripping story of race and identity.
I received this book courtesy of Goodreads First Read Program and Harper Perennial.
What wonderful books made their way into your home. I'm thinking we are going to see some pretty great mailboxes this week from all the bloggers who went to BEA. I'm off to check them out!