I enjoyed it. Mason and I are about the same age and I grew up in the hills of southern Indiana and knew some of the same sorts of people as she knew. Perhaps the closest I came was a hillbilly uncle who lived in eastern Kentucky. I always enjoyed visiting there though we were regarded as being city folk since we lived at the edge of a small town rather than truly in the country. But during those visits we shelled corn, rode a hog, used an outhouse or chamber pot and slept under a tin roof during thunderstorms. But that has nothing to do with the book does it, other than the fact that this shared history may have made the book more real and alive to me. Mason's family, especially her mother, are the stars here and we get to know them well. My only quibble would be that there's some feeling of repetition and at times it takes a bit too long to get to the points being made. But it's a fine piece of writing.
Wonderful read! I was raised in a small down 20 miles west of Paducah and have been through Mayfield numerous times on my way to Kentucky Lake and later, driving to Murray State University. I was a town girl but I spent a lot of time with my maternal grandmother in the Ozarks where the way of life was so much like in the book. She weaves the memories from herself and her family into what seems to be a book of short stories but with a strong connection. Her style is more than easy to read, just beautiful weaving of words. I plan to read more of her work. Just a side note: I had worked in Paducah in the Labor and Delivery where Bruce an Demi's baby was born. I moved away just a few months before.
One of my favorite books so far this year ! The author has a beautiful sense of humor without being too self-effacing. Her characters are described so well that I carry them in my head even when not reading the book.
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