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Dollbaby

McNeal, Laura Lane (Book - 2014)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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"When Ibby Bell's father dies in a tragic accident in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother, Fannie, and throws in her father's urn for good measure. Fannie's Victorian house is like no place Ibby has ever been--and Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum every once in a while--is like no one she has ever met. Fortunately, her black cook, Queenie ... and Queenie's feisty daughter Dollbaby take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South, both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets"--
Authors: McNeal, Laura Lane
Title: Dollbaby
Published: New York, New York :, Pamela Dorman Books/Viking,, [2014]
Characteristics: x, 337 pages :,maps ;,24 cm
Notes: "A novel"--Jacket.
Summary: "When Ibby Bell's father dies in a tragic accident in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother, Fannie, and throws in her father's urn for good measure. Fannie's Victorian house is like no place Ibby has ever been--and Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum every once in a while--is like no one she has ever met. Fortunately, her black cook, Queenie ... and Queenie's feisty daughter Dollbaby take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South, both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets"--
Local Note: 1 2
Alternate Title: Doll-baby
ISBN: 0670014737
9780670014736
Branch Call Number: F MACN
Statement of Responsibility: Laura Lane McNeal
Copyright Date: 2014
Subject Headings: Louisiana Race relations Fiction. New Orleans (La.) History 20th century Fiction. Redemption Fiction. Families Fiction.
Genre/Form: Historical fiction.
Topical Term: Redemption
Families
LCCN: 2013048523
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Aug 19, 2014
  • genepy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This novel reminded me of "The Help" and was as excellent : a captivating story taking place in the 60-70's in New-Orleans with engaging characters, a well constructed plot , a poignant historical background . The reader is plunged into the atmosphere of the times : music, cultural traditions ( for ex you learn that you can trap evil spirits with blue glass bottles...) , typical food,
parties...dramatic but delightful.

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