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ISBN13: 9780758254092
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In this beautifully written debut, Anna Jean Mayhew offers a riveting depiction of Southern life in the throes of segregation, what it will mean for a young girl on her way to adulthood — and for the woman who means the world to her...

On a scorching day in August 1954, thirteen-year-old Jubie Watts leaves Charlotte, North Carolina, with her family for a Florida vacation. Crammed into the Packard along with Jubie are her three siblings, her mother, and the family's black maid, Mary Luther. For as long as Jubie can remember, Mary has been there — cooking, cleaning, compensating for her father's rages and her mother's benign neglect, and loving Jubie unconditionally.

Bright and curious, Jubie takes note of the anti-integration signs they pass, and of the racial tension that builds as they journey further south. But she could never have predicted the shocking turn their trip will take. Now, in the wake of tragedy, Jubie must confront her parents' failings and limitations, decide where her own convictions lie, and make the tumultuous leap to independence...

Infused with the intensity of a changing time, here is a story of hope, heartbreak, and the love and courage that can transform us

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"Mayhew keeps the story taut, thoughtful and complex, elevating it from the throng of coming-of-age books." Publishers Weekly

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"A must-read for fans of The Help." Woman's World

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"Written with unusual charm, wonderful dialogue, and a deeply felt sense of time and place, The Dry Grass of August is a book for adults and young people both — a beautifully written literary novel that is a real page-turner, I have to add. Fast, suspenseful, and meaningful. I read this book straight through." Lee Smith, author of Last Girls and Fair and Tender Ladies

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"Because the novel is totally true to Jubie's point of view, it generates gripping drama as we watch her reach beyond authority to question law and order." Booklist

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"A masterful work of blending time and place." The Charlotte Observer

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"A beautifully written and important novel. Set in the 1950s South, it deals with race relations in an original, powerful way. It's also a great story about complicated family relationships, told with humor, delicacy, and penetrating insight. I wish I had written this book." Angela Davis-Gardner, author of Butterfly's Child

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"Anna Jean Mayhew has a true ear for Southern speech....The Dry Grass of August is a carefully researched, beautifully written, quietly told tale of love and despair and a look backward at the way it was back then in the South." The Pilot (Southern Pines, North Carolina)

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"Deeply felt, lasting relationships formed in the mid-20th century South between white families and the African-American women who took care of them. In The Dry Grass of August, Mayhew explores the love and conflicting loyalties in one such extended family, adult and child, black and white. She does so with honesty and sympathy, intimate knowledge and valuable perspective, as well as beautiful writing. This is an important story about the Southern experience and the women who helped to form the American generation now at the peak of its powers." Peggy Payne, author of Sister India

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"Once you've experienced The Dry Grass of August, you'll swiftly see that Anna Jean Mayhew's debut novel deserves all the early praise it's getting...the power, bravery and beauty of Mayhew's narrative is beyond contestation and well-deserving of a wide readership." BookPage

Review:

"An extraordinary, absorbing novel." Historical Novel Reviews

About the Author

Anna Jean (A.J.) Mayhew, a native of Charlotte, North Carolina, has never lived outside the state, although she often travels to Europe with her Swiss-born husband. Much of A.J.'s work reflects her vivid memories of growing up in the segregated South. A.J. has been a member of the same writing group since 1987, is a writer-in-residence at The Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, and is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the North Carolina Writers' Network. The Dry Grass of August is her first novel.

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Michele D, August 9, 2013 (view all comments by Michele D)
I do agree with the comments that if you did enjoy reading The Secret Life of Bees and The Help, you will like this book. Although sad (yes, there was sadness in the other two books as well) at times, and maybe not quite the ending I thought it should have, this is a book in progress. America is still healing from its racist roots, even in the 21st century. This is a work of fiction based on a very dark and grim part of our country's history. The racism and bigotry of the 1950s is still present today, although hidden in plain daylight. Read this book - it will give yet another poignant message regarding our past and how we can heal.
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diane Trafton, June 28, 2013 (view all comments by diane Trafton)
It is circa early 50s, a time when racial prejudices were both overt and secreted away in citizen's minds and hearts.
The place is the South, where history tells us horrendous events took place. The tale is told through the eyes of Jubie an innocent young girl who has known and loved Mary, the family's cook, housekeeper and child care provider for all the years she can remember. Throughout the story, Jubie gains a clearer understanding of the prejudicial environment of the times, and it soon becomes very personal with a tragic event that takes place. My heart was touched by this book and tears brought to my eyes on several occasions. If you liked reading The Help or The Secret Life of Bees, you will appreciate this story.!
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McGuffy Ann, April 13, 2011 (view all comments by McGuffy Ann)
The Dry Grass of August
by Anna Jean Mayhew


The Dry Grass of August is a deeply felt and powerful debut novel. It is so beautifully written that it could easily have truly happened. Anna Jean Mayhew tells more than a simple story of the South. She takes us back to the South in 1954. She tells of a time of segregation, intolerance and things unspoken.

We see these issues through the eyes, and with the heart of 13 year old Jubie, our narrator. Reaching adolescence as her family is falling apart, Jubie is forced to come to terms with things that will change everything she thought she knew about her family and the world in general.

Anna Jean Mayhew has written an important book in beautiful prose. I savoured every page. Her characters are believable and memorable. I was moved to tears by the reality of this story and the beauty in which it was told. I am humbled by this beautiful story and the author herself.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780758254092
Author:
Mayhew, Anna Jean
Publisher:
Kensington Publishing Corporation
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
General Fiction
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20110431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8.36 x 5.66 x 0.87 in 0.62 lb

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Product details 352 pages Kensington Publishing Corporation - English 9780758254092 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Mayhew keeps the story taut, thoughtful and complex, elevating it from the throng of coming-of-age books."
"Review" by , "A must-read for fans of The Help."
"Review" by , "Written with unusual charm, wonderful dialogue, and a deeply felt sense of time and place, The Dry Grass of August is a book for adults and young people both — a beautifully written literary novel that is a real page-turner, I have to add. Fast, suspenseful, and meaningful. I read this book straight through."
"Review" by , "Because the novel is totally true to Jubie's point of view, it generates gripping drama as we watch her reach beyond authority to question law and order."
"Review" by , "A masterful work of blending time and place."
"Review" by , "A beautifully written and important novel. Set in the 1950s South, it deals with race relations in an original, powerful way. It's also a great story about complicated family relationships, told with humor, delicacy, and penetrating insight. I wish I had written this book."
"Review" by , "Anna Jean Mayhew has a true ear for Southern speech....The Dry Grass of August is a carefully researched, beautifully written, quietly told tale of love and despair and a look backward at the way it was back then in the South."
"Review" by , "Deeply felt, lasting relationships formed in the mid-20th century South between white families and the African-American women who took care of them. In The Dry Grass of August, Mayhew explores the love and conflicting loyalties in one such extended family, adult and child, black and white. She does so with honesty and sympathy, intimate knowledge and valuable perspective, as well as beautiful writing. This is an important story about the Southern experience and the women who helped to form the American generation now at the peak of its powers."
"Review" by , "Once you've experienced The Dry Grass of August, you'll swiftly see that Anna Jean Mayhew's debut novel deserves all the early praise it's getting...the power, bravery and beauty of Mayhew's narrative is beyond contestation and well-deserving of a wide readership."
"Review" by , "An extraordinary, absorbing novel."
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