The Dry Grass of August
Anna Jean Mayhew
Genre: Historical Fiction
Summary (from Goodreads): In a personal, powerful debut, Mayhew explores the explosive tensions of the South in the mid-1950s through the prism of a young girl's friendship with her black maid and the currents of violence, infidelity, and corruption that run beneath the polite surface of her family's life.
Review: I don't know why I didn't like this book more. It's a coming of age novel about a white girl growing up in the racist south, with a father who is abusive and a maid who is loving and black. Perhaps it is because there was tragedy with no real redemption, or perhaps it is because I felt like this story has been written before. Or perhaps I just didn't identify with Jubie.
Rating: 3 stars