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  • A good Southern Noir novel

    I received a free electronic copy of The Story of Sassy Sweetwater from Netgalley, Vera Jane Cook, and BooksGoSocial. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I have read this work of my own volition and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. I am pleased to recommend Vera Jane Cook to friends and family. Sassy Sweetwater is an excellent example of Southern Noir. The setting for this novel is Carter's Crossing, South Carolina during the turmoil of the 1960's racial riots. We join Sassy and her prodigal mother, Violet McLaughlin as they return to Carter's Crossing after 13 years on the run. The McLaughlin matriarch, Grandma Edna, folds Sassy into the wings of the family, but her mother Violet is soon back among the missing, and 13-year-old Sassy is left behind in Carter's Crossing among people she knows nothing about and a very structured southern life with Edna. Sassy resents her mother's abandonment and feels at first that Grandma Edna doesn't like her, doesn't want her around, either. Soon however she understands that among the McLaughlin family Edna is the only one with common sense and morals. Most of the extended family are like a nest of vipers, snapping and snarling, and only looking out for number one. Add southern race riots and family secrets into the mix and life isn't pretty or safe, even in the cradle of family and home. But Sassy is versatile and has her own dreams. She will survive and thrive, despite the cards stacked against her...

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