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Doll-baby When Ibby Bell s father dies unexpectedly in the summer of , her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother Fannie and throws in her father s urn for good measure Fannie s New Orleans house is like no place Ibby has ever been and Fannie, who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum is like no one she has ever met Fortunately, Fannie s black cook, Queenie, and her smart mouthed daughter, Dollbaby, take it upon themselves to initiate Ibby into the ways of the South, both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets For Fannie s own family history is fraught with tragedy, hidden behind the closed rooms in her ornate Uptown mansion It will take Ibby s arrival to begin to unlock the mysteries there And it will take Queenie and Dollbaby s hard won wisdom to show Ibby that family can sometimes be found in the least expected places For fans of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt and The Help, Dollbaby brings to life the charm and unrest of s New Orleans through the eyes of a young girl learning to understand race for the first time By turns uplifting and funny, poignant and full of verve, Dollbaby is a novel readers will take to their heartsA Top Ten Finalist for Best Historical Novel, Goodreads Choice Awards, and a LibraryReads and Okra PickA big hearted coming of age debut set in civil rights era New Orleans a novel of Southern eccentricity and secrets This is southern lit about a family in New Orleans, when a girl named Libby Bell is abandoned by her mother at her paternal grandmother s house in the 1960s and all the family secrets proceed to spill out of the closets I loved this book Loved The story has the magic of Alice Hoffman, Sarah Addison Allen, Rebecca Wells, and Mildred Taylor, all rolled up into one I also thought about the older movie version of Steel Magnolias while I read this book not because of similar plot lines or chara This is southern lit about a family in New Orleans, when a girl named Libby Bell is abandoned by her mother at her paternal grandmother s house in the 1960s and all the family secrets proceed to spill out of the closets I loved this book Loved The story has the magic of Alice Hoffman, Sarah Addison Allen, Rebecca Wells, and Mildred Taylor, all rolled up into one I also thought about the older movie version of Steel Magnolias while I read this book not because of similar plot lines or characters, but because of the way the story feels as it s being told I think another reason this story made me think of Steel Magnolias so much is because I would love to see this book become a movie I m so glad I received a free advanced copy of this book from GoodReads First Reads in exchange for a review I had allotted four days to read this book reading a quarter of the book per day but I was so into the story that I carried the book around with me and read whenever I found a spare minute I finished the book in three days I look forward to reading future works from Laura Lane McNeal I started this on Sunday and finished it on Monday It was just one of those books that is filled with secrets of the past that you just have to know about and characters that you love as soon as you meet them and then you love themas the author lets you see who they are.Almost twelve years old and still reeling from the death of her father, Ibby is abandoned by her mother and left on the doorstep of a grandmother who she just barely found out she had Fannie, her grandmother is a seemingl I started this on Sunday and finished it on Monday It was just one of those books that is filled with secrets of the past that you just have to know about and characters that you love as soon as you meet them and then you love themas the author lets you see who they are.Almost twelve years old and still reeling from the death of her father, Ibby is abandoned by her mother and left on the doorstep of a grandmother who she just barely found out she had Fannie, her grandmother is a seemingly eccentric, smoking, and gambling, woman is really a mentally unstable, sad woman who has many secrets The loving relationship that develops between them will move you The story is set in New Orleans just as the Civil Rights Act is passed in 1964 Queenie, the endearing maid who came with the house has endured losses of her own She is wise but set in old ways and doesn t think anything will change with the passage of the Civil Rights Act Dollbaby, her daughter, of the newer generation wants change not just for herself but her daughter These women become as big a part of Ibby s life as they are of Fannie s.The secrets, one after another begin to unfold about Fannie s life Ibby learns about Fannie s hard life as a child and how she came to New Orleans I loved the descriptions of the French Quarter, both when Fannie first came there and in the time when Ibby arrives But it isn t until the end that the whole story is divulged.The story though is aboutthan just the time and place It is about loss, about friendship, family, race and prejudice, but mostly about the beautiful relationships between these characters There are things that happened in the past that Ibby doesn t learn until the end , but the most important things she learns is that she is not alone It s a beautiful story, beautifully written and full of heart and love Thank you to PENGUIN GROUP Viking and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book. This is a subtle, southern charming read that gets under your skin as you read it It s 1964 in the deep south of New Orleans It s the summer and the heat is oppressive Ibby Bell is abandoned by her mother just after her father has passed away She is literally left on the doorstep of her eccentric grandmother whom she has never met The atmosphere of the story is one of racial tension, acceptance of differences and the love and protection found in a non traditional family A 50 year old story This is a subtle, southern charming read that gets under your skin as you read it It s 1964 in the deep south of New Orleans It s the summer and the heat is oppressive Ibby Bell is abandoned by her mother just after her father has passed away She is literally left on the doorstep of her eccentric grandmother whom she has never met The atmosphere of the story is one of racial tension, acceptance of differences and the love and protection found in a non traditional family A 50 year old story unfolds that is amazingly sad but full of hope and provides such clarity McNeal s writing is both descriptive and thematic The story is told from Ibby s point of view, however throughout there are various flashbacks into her grandmother s life that tell her story There was only one minute part that I didn t quite buy into and kept this at a 4.5 rather than a 5 Well worth the read if you enjoy southern lit 3.5 A coming of age story set in New Orleans during the era of Civil Rights A story that is gently and atmospherically told, filled with secrets, family and tragedies from the past that have a strong hold on the present.It is, however, the characters that make this novel so special Ibby I 12 hers old, her father recently dead, when she is dropped at her grandmothers house, by her mother A grandmother she had never met and had been told by her mother many bad things There she meets two wonder 3.5 A coming of age story set in New Orleans during the era of Civil Rights A story that is gently and atmospherically told, filled with secrets, family and tragedies from the past that have a strong hold on the present.It is, however, the characters that make this novel so special Ibby I 12 hers old, her father recently dead, when she is dropped at her grandmothers house, by her mother A grandmother she had never met and had been told by her mother many bad things There she meets two wonderfully drawn black women named Queenie, the other Queenie s daughter who they call Dollbaby Her grandmother is a generous, often overwhelmed woman, whose life holds many personal struggles and secrets The rich characterizations of these characters is amazing.We get little bit of the music scene, a visit to the black community and their church when President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act, and a Vietnam War protest a Tulane We watch Ibby grow and as secrets are revealed, her struggle to understand the woman who is her grandmother A wonderfully written Southern novel, full of the atmosphere that is still found in New Orleans today

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