This book was a fairly quick and easy read for me over several late nights since I had a hard time putting it down. That time of seclusion comes to an end with one phone call from her brother, requesting Avery and her daughter to come back home and take part in his wedding. For anyone looking for a story of family dynamics, love, twists, inspiration and hope, this is the perfect book! Alligator Lake is an outstanding novel, as rich and fertile as the Mississippi delta where it takes place. I ended up making my own to help with the reading. My heart hurt as I read for the lost loves of several characters, the family struggles, and the racial disparities and treatment of blacks.
After completing a nursing degree from Mississippi University for Women, Lynne worked as a psychiatric and public health nurse. The book provides personal stories of four generations of females, both white and black. F I just got my copy and I am so excited to start reading Lynne's new book. It is with him she becomes pregnant. .
But will introducing her mixed-race daughter to her independent-minded grandmother bring solace or sorrow? As the story goes on, however, answers are discovered and the ability of one little girl to make burned bridges whole again is inspiring. If you loved by , you will enjoy reading this book. Aside from keeping the characters from being one-dimensional, the author also did a great job of creating an image of southern culture. Where exactly did you grow up and when did you move to Colorado? Until my public school was integrated when I was in the sixth grade, in 1970-1971, I had no occasion to mix with blacks … Even after civil rights legislation was passed, and laws supporting segregation were abolished, in most ways our lives remained separate. My only regret is that I did not read this in English, because the Norwegian translation was clumsy and idiosyncratic. Posted on Romancing the Book blog Reviewed by~April Review Copy Provided by~the Publisher Lynne Bryant does an incredible job bringing to life the past and present for three generations of women, all so very different, yet so similar. Etter en litt treg start ble jeg veldig oppslukt av boka og klarte nesten ikke legge den fra meg.
For example, growing up, Marion saw her own mother shunned by society because she helped teach blacks to pass literacy tests, so it was understandable that all Marion ever wanted was to fit in and that she'd do anything to make this happen. Third-party sites are multimedia services that allow you to read and download e-books. Grandmother Will is a wonderful, tender and non-judgmental person. Will this southern town accept Celi or will she just stir up trouble when she tries to find out the truth? We also present a roundup of literary news every Friday and publish original fiction, poetry and nonfiction in our Southern Voice section. Avery, a young, white woman returns from Colorado to her family in Mississippi to attend the wedding of her brother and to uncover the roots of her 9-year-old daughter Ceci's Sickle Cell Anemia. Avery's daughter Celia has sickle cell anemia.
The way the story wove from Avery's grandmother, her mother and down to her daughter kept your interest. Godt å lese at flere hvite tok ansvar og var et medmenneske for de sorte. That is okay, but then each character would go back and tell the story from the past. What do you think the current state of race relations is there today? You will visit the small town of Greendale where deep racial tension lies beneath all the beauty of Mississippi. Lynne was born and raised in rural Mississippi, where her maternal grandparents farmed cotton and her mother is one of their fifteen children. I think the best part of the book is that it will make you examine your own conscious and how you view and judge other people. The power of love and friendship has strong redemptive powers.
Her arrival opens a Pandora's box of shocking discoveries, and deceptions that lie closer than she ever expected. This book truly demonstrates how choices each person makes on the path of their life influences not only their own futures but that of others as well and often in unexpected ways. But buried not so deeply beneath the modern story is a gripping multigenerational saga that travels back through sixty years of racial tension and violence in a rural Mississippi Delta town. But will introducing her mixed- race daughter to her independent-minded grandmother bring solace or sorrow? Both of my novels expose deeply rooted racism. As a pregnant teenager, Avery Pritchett found refuge in Colorado, but now, ten years later, her brothers wedding-and some burning questions-bring her back home to her small Southern town. It was hard to see this book end. Their stories unfold at a natural pace, drawing in the experiences of others, as well.
Once I got to the second half though, it picked up and moved along at a brisk pace. Alligator Lake is a passionate story of four generations of women as they struggle with race, prejudice, love and for Also this review was submitted to Southern Literary Review. A generation later, in 1991, Avery pursues a relationship with Aaron, Sally's handsome grandson, behind her family's back. For me the first half of the book moved rather slow. Avery sums up the power of Alligator Lake when she gazes into the water and the life within.
She worries about introducing Celi to her extremely conservative family. It is a very character-driven and setting-driven story, and even though there isn't much action or surprises, the story doesn't need these to keep us reading. Because I was given glimpses of everyone's early lives, it was easy to understand why they turned out the way they did. Alligator Lake is a wonderful and heart touching story that will engulf the reader from the beginning to the end. But I have experienced the realization that my perspective on race really changed after I left the Deep South. Her abiding love for Mississippi shines through as she wrestles with its troubled history.
Men selve historien var kjempebra! This book tells the point of view of 3 generations of women: Willadean, Averys grandmother who supported the Freedom Riders in the 40's; Marion, Averys mother who faces her own internal conflict regarding racial equality as she meets her grand-daugher, and Avery herself as she Avery Pritchett settled in Colorado when she found herself pregnant with her boyfriends daughter. Bryant is not shy in handling the racism, classism, family-ism issues. At the end - I don't think I'm giving much away here - Avery Pritchett is still debating what's best for her family's future. It dealt with their background stories in race relations and mixed children but I've read lots of other books of that nature and never saw such a sticker. They fall head over heels and it isn't until after a big blow up and aaron being beating for being with avery that avery discovers shes pregnant and runs away to Colorado to start her own life away from all the racism.
But will introducing her mixed-race daughter to her independent-minded grandmother bring solace or sorrow? I'm the recipient of a New York Foundation of the Arts Grant in Fiction. I also loved the way the author enables each character to grow as the story progresses. It was hard to see this book end. We go around most of the time making assumptions, otherwise our worlds would devolve into a million tiny decisions all day every day — exhausting! The story braids in past and present smoothly, but because the past timeline occurs in the 1940's, 1960's and 1990's, this causes confusion at times. The delicious treat for any reader is to curl up with a novel from a talented author, one who can be trusted to unfold an engaging, sturdy story with thoughtful, believable characters.