The Queen of Palmyra

The Queen of Palmyra

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"An atmospheric debut novel about growing up in the changing South in 1960s Mississippi in the tradition of The Secret Life of Bees and The Help"--Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Harper Perennial, 2010
Edition: First Harper Perennial edition
ISBN: 9780061840326
Branch Call Number: FICTION Gwi
Description: 394, 16 pages ; 21 cm


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Chapel_Hill_KenMc Dec 22, 2014

This novel makes an interesting pairing with "The Help," a novel that has surfed a wave of success and is set in the same time and locale. Gwin does a better job of communicating the terror that many African Americans lived with in early 1960s Mississippi. In this novel, we again have a white female narrator--this time, a young girl. But unlike the protagonist of "The Help," she is powerless to effect any change, and in fact is complicit through a selective blindness to what is happening. She represents the willful blindness of an entire population that chose not to see the injustice that infused their daily lives.

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Dec 02, 2010

A very good read, unimaginable that this was actually happening in the USA while we were growing up in Canada!


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