Hey Gang! For today's stop on the LSLL blog tour, I will be reviewing Mourner's Bench by Sanderia Faye.
When I read the summary for this book, I wanted to read it immediately. For me, this time period is extremely under-represented, and I think that Sanderia's debut novel gives it a stronger voice. Told through the eyes of eight year old Sarah, the reader is given a front-row seat into Arkansas in the grips of the 1960s. With her elders trying to keep tradition, and her mother (with whom she is on a first name basis) with her not yet new age way of thinking.
Sarah, who is described as a fifty year old woman in an eight year old's body, is trying to come into her own as the winds are changing in her rural Arkansas town. Trying to make decisions on her own is more difficult than she thought, and her support system isn't making it any easier. Sanderia does an excellent job showing how a Sarah comes to terms with several adult issues while dealing with the fact that she is still a child, trying to find her place in the world. While slow at first, describing the daily life of Maeby, the book comes to a fever pitch that will definitely leave you wanting to start a dialogue. I look forward to reading Sanderia Faye's future works.
*I received materials from the publisher for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*