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Dry Grass of August

By Anna Jean Mayhew

Local author Mayhew’s first novel (at age 71!) is a beautiful work that continues to haunt me. It tells the story of a Charlotte, NC white family and their black maid in the 1950s from the point of view of 13-year-old Jubie. In addition to addressing issues of race, the story deals with family dynamics and how children handle their parents’ failings. The character development is excellent. I hope Mayhew has another novel in her!

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