Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke

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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Sweet Story Indeed

Sweet Jiminy by Kristen Gore
(Adult Fiction)

Jiminy Davis's life is spinning out of control.  She decides to drop out of the rat race of her present reality and back into a familiar past--her grandmother's home in Mississippi where she spent a summer as a child.  However,  the past isn't quite as sweet as she remembered it. 

While Jiminy is trying to take a break from the stresses of life, she uncovers a 40-year old secret concerning a namesake she didn't even know existed.  She latches on to the mystery like a pit bull and won't let go, hoping this new focus will allow her to forget her problems.  Instead, she ends up riling up an entire town and a family that would rather just let the dead stay buried.

I truly enjoyed this story.  It had likable characters and was full of surprises.  I wasn't sure what to expect and this one had twists and turns at every corner.  This was no formulaic fiction story and didn't follow typical patterns.  I was able to relax with this story and just allow it to sweep me away from my cares--much like the main character wanted!

In addition to the great story, there was a striking message underneath it all that really resonated with today's current news and culture.  The obvious parallels between the Blacks from the 1950's and 1960's and the way that Hispanics are treated today is so very disturbing.  Overall, a great read with some great messages.

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