McNeal, Laura Lane

Book - 2014
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
When Ibby Bells father dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1964, her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother Fannie and throws in her fathers urn for good measure. Fannies New Orleans house is like no place Ibby has ever beenand Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylumis like no one she has ever met. Fortunately, Fannies black cook, Queenie, and her smart-mouthed daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South, both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets For Fannies own family history is fraught with tragedy, hidden behind the closed rooms in her ornate Uptown mansion. It will take Ibbys arrival to begin to unlock the mysteries there. And it will take Queenie and Dollbabys hard-won wisdom to show Ibby that family can sometimes be found in the least expected places

Publisher: New York, New York :, Pamela Dorman Books/Viking,, 2014
ISBN: 9780670014736
Branch Call Number: FICTION MCNEA...L
Characteristics: x, 337 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Alternate Title: Doll-baby
Notes: "A novel"--Jacket


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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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