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Mississippi Blues [Bargain Price] [Paperback]

Cassandra Darden Bell
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A well put together story April 5 2004
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This was a really good book it was hard for me to put it down.
the storyline stayed in a nice even flow, loved the southern drawl the author used with the voice of her charactors.
I look forward to reading more of her work.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved It>> March 1 2004
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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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