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Great plot, characters - the book is funny, sad, engaging. A great read
on 6 October 2016
I raced through this. It's emotive, engaging and well written. Often funny, often sad: a lovely book.
The plot is interesting and well-paced. The characters are complex and thoughtful towards each other - Lily is surrounded by a great group of (mainly) women.
Set in the 60s in the Deep South, the cultural racism clashes against the movement towards equal rights (the right to vote, mixed schools), and this element of the story combined well with Lily's personal story.
It seemed a much quicker read than "The Invention of Wings". I think that one is more powerful and its story will stay in my head for longer - probably because it's based on true people; this is a lighter novel but just as lovely to read.