Book Review Thursday: The Dry Grass of August

Dry Grass of AugustI’m not entirely sure what caught my eye when I saw this book in the library.  Sometimes I just click on book titles because the book cover looks intriguing.  Then I read the description and I was definitely intrigued:

“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–from child to adult, from wounded to indomitable.”

This is Anna Jean Mayhew’s first book and it’s definitely a winner.  The story, set in the Deep South in the 1950s, is told through the eyes of June Bentley (“Jubie”) Watts.  Along the way in the story, we see Jubie have to grow up and make decisions about how she feels about the world around her – not only the struggles with integration in the South, but how she views her own family.

The description quoted above should tell you (and intrigue you) enough to read the story – once you start it you won’t be able to stop.  You can pick up the book or e-book at Amazon or Barnes & Noble

Rating:  ★★★★★

Everyone have a great day — someday it will be history!


  1. Very good book!

  2. I will have to look for it, sounds like a good read.


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