Monday, April 14, 2008
I finished this book several days ago and it is pretty forgettable. I was interested enough reading it but can't say that this is a great book. The characters are one-dimensional and the conflicts outrageous.
Basically, there are two feuding families in a small town named Between, Georgia. One family is mixed race, baptist and wealthy (the Fretts) and the other is poor white trash (the Crabtrees). Both hate each other solely for the ignorant and intolerant reasons that those stereotypical descriptions would leave one to expect. Someone from the Crabtree clan has a secret teenage pregnancy and leaves the baby with the Fretts. A few years later, the matriarch of the Crabtree family finds out that the baby is her blood and the feud grows and festers for the next thirty years.
It's not really fluff but it's not book club worthy. I didn't really learn anything about the South so it's not good for that either. I didn't hate it but that doesn't sound like a ringing endorsement.
Take that for what it's worth.