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6th April
written by Steph
For the April issue of BookPage, I pulled double duty and reviewed two new releases, one a debut novel (written by a septuagenarian!), and the other by one of those authors who perpetually finds herself on a the top of the NYT bestseller list.

First up: The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew. I fully admit that I wasn't convinced that I would like this novel when I agreed to review it, but I'm really glad that I kept an open mind because I ultimately found it to be a really powerful evocation of race relations in the South. I worried it would be too derivative of other similar titles, but there is no denying the strength of the narrative Mayhew has created, and it definitely stands on its own two feet (provided book have feet...). Fans of Southern fiction, or those who have enjoyed books like The Help or The Secret Life of Bees definitely need to check this one out. For more info, read my whole review here. And as an added bonus, I did a Q&A with the author which is pretty fascinating if I do say so myself!

As for the heavy-hitter author, I also covered Luanne Rice's latest novel, The Silver Boat. Featuring three sisters who come together to pack up their family summer house in preparation for its sale, this one is great for people who love family sagas filled with rifts and secrets. Check out my full review here!


  1. 04/06/2011

    Wonderful blog! Thank you for reading The Silver Boat. I appreciate your kind words.

  2. 04/07/2011

    I got the chance to see Mayhew speak on a panel at SIBA and was just so enchanted with her, and with her book. I made sure to grab a copy and am hoping to read it soon. I am also glad that you mention that it is not a derivative of other books of it’s type (I was thinking specifically of The Help). Also, I am a bit surprised that you reviewed the Rice book, as it doesn’t seem like one you would normally gravitate towards. I am going to have to go check out these reviews now! Thanks.

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