The last in my series of books for black history month, The Dry Grass of August is a marvelous coming of age story about a young girl growing up in Charlotte, North Carolina in the 1950’s.
The narrator, 15 year old, Jubie Watts, tells a vivid portrait of a girl trying to understand segregation, relationships and the strange adult world she will soon be asked to enter. When she embarks on a trip to Florida with her mother, siblings and their “colored” maid, Mary Luther, Jubie observes the non-subtle ways in which Mary is received in the deep south. An accident becomes the first in a series of tragic events that will change Jubie’s life forever.
Gripping, and impossible to put down, The Dry Grass of August is one you will want to share with your teenagers.
4 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2011