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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--from child to adult, from wounded to indomitable.

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The Dry Grass of August
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February 11th, 2014
Really loved this book. It brought me back to a time as a young girl of 5 and I remembered an incident that happened to me and my best friend Althea. Hadn't thought about it for years and was glad for the reminder. It put certain things in perspective again for me.
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The dry grass of august
February 9th, 2014
Great book! Cried,laughed and cried again
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January 22nd, 2014
I really enjoyed this book, the sort of story that grips you from the start and makes you keep turning the page, I read it in record time, so it must have been good. Illustrates perfectly the bigoted attitudes of some Americans towards black people at that time. Beautifully written. Would have liked it to be longer, finished it too soon.
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The Dry Grass of August
January 20th, 2014
Like the novel The Help this book transports you to the 1950's and gives an amazing insight into the lives of the maids and the families they looked after. Also the horrific racism of the deep south resonates strongly and yet still humanity hasn't learnt enough to stop !
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