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The Dry Grass Of August

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The Dry Grass Of August by Anna Jean Mayhew
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On a scorching day in August 1954, thirteen-year-old Jubie Watts leaves Charlotte, North Carolina, with her family for a Florida vacation. Crammed into the Packard along with Jubie are her three siblings, her mother, and the family's black maid, Mary Luther. For as long as Jubie can remember, Mary has been there-cooking, cleaning, compensating for her father's rages and her mother's benign neglect, and loving Jubie unconditionally. Bright and curious, Jubie takes note of the anti-integration signs they pass, and of the racial tension that builds as they journey further south. But she could never have predicted the shocking turn their trip will take. Now, in the wake of tragedy, Jubie must confront her parents' failings and limitations, decide where her own convictions lie, and make the tumultuous leap to independence . . . Infused with the intensity of a changing time, here is a story of hope, heartbreak, and the love and courage that can transform us-from child to adult, from wounded to indomitable. "Mayhew keeps the story taut, thoughtful and complex, elevating it from the throng of coming-of-age books." -Publishers Weekly "Beautifully written, with complex characters, an urgent plot, and an ending so shocking and real it had me in tears." -Eleanor Brown, New York Times bestselling author of The Weird Sisters "A must-read for fans of The Help." -Woman's World

Author Biography

Anna Jean (A.J.) Mayhew's first novel, The Dry Grass of August, won the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction, and was a finalist for the Book Award from the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. A native of Charlotte, NC, A.J. has never lived outside the state, although she often travels to Europe with her Swiss-born husband. Her work reflects her vivid memories of growing up in the segregated South. A.J.--a mother and grandmother--now lives in a small town in the North Carolina Piedmont with her husband and their French-speaking cat. Please visit her online at AnnaJeanMayhew.com.
Release date NZ
January 29th, 2019
Country of Publication
United States
Imprint
Kensington Publishing
Pages
320
ISBN-13
9781496722263
Product ID
28051543

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