LitPicks Book Reviews—March 2007

 
Labels: A Lighter Touch

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The Secret Life of Bees
Sue Monk Kidd
336 pp.

Book Review by Molly Lundquist
March 2007

A wonderfully appealing coming-of-age story, The Secret Life of Bees is narrated by 14-year-old Lily Owens. Lily is the daughter of a South Carolina peach farmer, a spiteful, angry man, who blames her for her mother's death 10 years prior.

And so Lily runs away. Accompanied by her beloved African-American nanny, Rosaleen, she makes her way across the state, ending up in Turbon, South Carolina.
 

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Crossing to Safety
Wallace Stegner, 1987
368 pp.

Book Review by Molly Lundquist
March 2007

Like other famous authors who claimed to write small (Jane Austen's miniatures on "a little bit of ivory" and William Faulkner's "postage stamp" of native soil), Wallace Stegner says of Crossing to Safetythat he "was trying to make very small noises and to make them thoughtful."

He succeeded on both counts, creating an intimate, thoughtful portrait of friendship between two married couples over a 35-year span. It's a powerful tale.

 
Labels: Great Works

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Absalom, Absalom!
William Faulkner, 1936
313 pp.

Book Review by Molly Lundquist
March 2007

This is a spellbinding book, a sort of mystery story, in which we know who committed the crime but not why.

Faulkner takes a young man's murder and around that single event constructs an entire history of a southern aristocratic family. In many ways it is the history of the South itself.
 

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