The Dry Grass of August

Mayhew, Anna Jean

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Dry Grass of August
In 1954, 13-year-old Jubie, traveling with her family and her family's black maid Mary Luther--who has always been there for her, making up for her father's rages and her mother's neglect--encounters racial tension and tragedy.

Publisher: New York, NY : Kensington Books, c2011
ISBN: 0758254091
Branch Call Number: FICTION MAYHEW 2011
Characteristics: 294 p. ;,21 cm


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In this beautifully written debut, Anna Jean Mayhew offers a riveting depiction of Southern life in the throes of segregation and what it will mean for a young girl on her way to adulthood and for the woman who means the world to her.

Jubie, 13, in the segregation era U.S., has been lovingly raised by the family's Black maid, Mary. "Through immediate first-person narration, this first novel gets the prejudice and cruelty in daily life exactly right. We feel the horrible normality of not regarding anyone black as a person ... Read More »

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Jun 26, 2014
  • cmb8 rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

easy read, enjoyed the story,recommend

Mar 29, 2013
  • 21221018293347 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

1954 North Carolina. Segregation. Jubie has been raised always having "Mary" helping in the house. She is part of the family. During a summer trip to her uncle's Jubie begins to realize the world's view of segregation and black people generally. It is inconceivable to Jubie. This is a wonderful book. A must read. I highly recommend it for teenagers to adults.

Oct 23, 2012
  • vwruleschick rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a story about June aka Jubie as she is coming of age while dealing with issues of segragation while in North Carolina and in Florida where her family visits her uncle's for the summer. Interesting experiences happen to allow Jubie finding herself and make a statement in her confusing society. Follow how she becomes a young woman. (similarities to both The Help and To Kill A Mockingbird)

Jul 02, 2012
  • mrsgail5756 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

A very good read. I enjoyed this book I would recommend this book for all to read.

May 23, 2012
  • PennyLiteraryHoarder rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

A wonderful wonderful story! Highly encourage listening to the audiobook version!

Feb 13, 2012
  • Crheneghan rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Mayhew explores the world of Jim Crow through the eyes of thirteen year old Jubie Watts as her family travels from Charleston to Florida. Mahew tells a story not unlike Kathryn Stockett's The Help, but with less humor and more fully drawn characters.

Jan 09, 2012
  • mswfc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The Watts take a road trip from North Carolina to Florida with their black maid Mary, and we experience a horrific tragedy through the eyes of Jubie, the 13 year old daughter. The intimacy that builds between the maid and Jubie, coupled by the harsh reality of the racial tensions at the time, help this book demonstrate the horrible realities faced by African Americans at the time. I personally found the story to be intense, gripping, and believable. I fully recommend this book to anyone interested in this genre.

Dec 03, 2011
  • unicorn1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book far more than The Help. The story goes much deeper and is more dramatically horrifying. I would skip The Help and read The Dry Grass of August instead!

Dec 02, 2011
  • ready2read rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It is 1954 and the Watts family is taking a road trip from Charlotte North Carolina to Florida with thirteen year old Jubie as our narrator. Along for the ride are Jubie's two sisters, baby brother, mother and her beloved African-American maid - Mary. Tragedy strikes. Jubie is horrified at the racism and struggles to understand the lack of justice in the world.
This book will appeal to fans of THE HELP.

Nov 07, 2011

Very good read... Depicts the amazing courage of a young girl growing up in the 50's ... a racial drama regarding the changing time of intragration and the racial tension of that era


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