This was an interesting story, but I didn't love it. I wanted to keep reading to figure out the mystery but I didn't really like many of the characters. A couple of the plot lines just die out which was a little annoying. Not a bad book though.
Melinda Haynes' Mother of Pearl was an unexpected sensation,chosen for Oprah's book club and selling more than half a million compies in hardcover. Now with the same stunning lanquaqe Haynes returns to the country she knows so well-the backwoods South of the 1960's-to tell the story of a mysterious town and its inhabitants, each with their own afflictions and joys, each with their own secrets.
Read by Leo Burmester.
FROM BACK COVER... FROM THE ACCLAIMED AUTHOUR OF MOTHER OF PEARL COMES THE STORY OF CHALKTOWN, AN EERILY QUIET VILLAGE IN GEORGE COUNTY, MISSISSIPPI, WHERE FOLKS COMMUNICATE WITH ONE ANOTHER SOLEY THROUGH CHALKBOARDS HANGING FROM THEIR FRONT PORCHES. SIXTEEN YEAR OLD HEZEKIA SHEEHAND LIVES DOWN THE ROAD WITH HIS RECKLESS SISTER, ARENA, HIS MENTALLY DISABLED YONGER BROTHER, YELLABABY, AND THEIR OFTEN CRUEL MOTHER, SUSAN-BLAIR, WHOSE HUSBAND HAS ABANDONED THE FAMILY. THE MYSTERY OF CHALKTOWN CALLS TO HEZ, AND ONE DAY HE SETS OUT WITH YELLABABY STRAPPED TO HIS BACK, DETERMINED TO DIVINE THE KEY TO THE CHALK. MEANWHILE, HIS FAMILY CONFRONTHS A TRAGEDY THAT JUST MIGHT PAVE AN UNEXPECTED TEAD TOWARD A HOPEFUL FUTURE. I DID ENJOY THIS BOOK.