The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew is a gripping story set in the South during the summer of 1954, a few months after the Brown vs. Board of Education decision that started desegregating public schools. The story reads true and the characters come alive through the eyes of Jubie Watts who has recently turned thirteen.
Jubie’s family is stretched to the breaking point by her father’s bad behavior. The near breakdown of her famly plays out over the course of a tense, and then tragic, family vacation to Florida set against a backdrop of racial tension and fear.
The narrative is about the bonds of family and friendship, and the evels of racism and prejudice. I found myself strongly identifying with this young girl whose life is nothing like mine, mainly because the novel is so well put together and brings out universal themes like friendship, family, self respect and growing up in troubled times.
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If our online discussion of The Dry Grass of August interests you and you’d like to share more in person, please join us at 7 p.m., Feb. 6 for a lively discussion and some refreshments at CADL Haslett.