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Mississippi Blues [Bargain Price] [Paperback]

Cassandra Darden Bell
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It>> March 1 2004
Format:Paperback
At first, I really thought that this book was really going to boring, but as I got into the book and read the story, I just couldn't put it down. I got the book Saturday afternoon, and I finished it last night and was sorry to see it end. It is good that one can hold their own in this world, and Beverly did it. But, as time moved on, she distanced herself from her siblings due a simple disagreement. When she goes back down there to take care of the family land, she finds out that no matter what, family is going to be there for you, and when she suffered her loss, they really were. I was glad to see that they did something constructive as well for the land, although, I probably would have given some to the oldest brother to get himself together. You know, you look at a character and you feel taht they can be one way, but as time goes on, you find out, that they are a whole other person, and I found that with Bobby. He had such a good heart, and though he made wrong choices, he wanted the best for his family. Great story. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Realistic and very moving Jan. 20 2004
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Mississippi Blues is a marvelously different book, a refreshing change from novels to me in that the main character Beverly Lamark acted as a regular person would act. I didn't get any pretenses or airs from her character, she was somebody that everybody could relate to. Her thoughts were "real" thoughts and her actions were "real" too. She did what we would do, not what we might no to be the right thing to do. We meet Beverly at a cross roads in her life. She is in the midst of a 17-year-old loveless marriage to a man whom she loves but his way of showing love excludes the one he loves. Work to support his family is his primary objective, but being a lawyer Michael fails to see that his absence from his family is driving them away. They are like polite strangers in the house. Beverly is a typical mom of two teenagers- running them to all of their events, she's become a taxi service and while her children are almost the central focus of her life she has found that filling the big void in her life is best done with a drink. Beverly Lamark can't even be herself-whoever that person is- in her own career as a writer. She's achieved great success under a pseudonym because she refuses to face and deal with her own demons. Demons that started presenting themselves most especially eight years ago when she left her family for the last time back in Vicksburg, Mississippi after the passing of her father. She decided at that time that dealing with her two sisters and two brothers was a bit much. Once so close to them that nothing separated them but as the years progressed, each of their problems further drove Beverly from them. The way they thought about her and her thoughts about them severed the bonds of blood it would seem. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Family Drama April 27 2004
Format:Paperback
Cassandra Darden Bell's Mississippi Blues is carefully crafted with the best of the author's considerable gifts. It is immediate, involving and relies on Bell's deep insight into the many layers of American family life. Events are stagnant or stormy, humorous or pathetic, but always imbued with recognizable charm and feeling. Unlike lesser novels that rely on situations, stereotypes and plot-driven dialogue to advance the story, Bell lightly dances over events while maintaining that very human sense of existing within oneself and feeling, at times, like an observer watching aghast at how one's own life has developed--or failed to do so. Bell displays a deft talent for characterization, quietly subverting our assumptions as we share in the complex but satisfying process of rediscovering the strength of blood ties, and embracing the best within ourselves. Recommended for fans of compelling family drama. David R. Bannon, Ph.D.; author "Race Against Evil."
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