Monday, January 22, 2007

Her Own Place, by Dori Sanders

This is from Net Library, is 6:33:12 long, and is narrated by Kim Staunton. It was published in 1993.

Taking a rest from crime and history, I got this because I was looking for a literary respite. This was a good place to find it. Dori Sanders lives the life she writes about: growing up on a farm in South Carolina in the same ara as her slave ancestors.

This is not a book that dwells on the tragedy of racism but on the triumph of an ordinary life lived well, with all the ups and downs of the people of her times. It is easy for any person to identify with someone who is not scanning the horizon for someone to blame; not even the man who abandons her main character, Mae Lee, with 5 children after World War Two.

Her Own Place begins at the start of the war and moves briskly, yet without missing the details. This is quite an accomplishment, and it marks Ms. Sanders as a great storyteller. I rambles through the civil rights era, Viet-Nam, and desegregation while seldom leaving the farm she bought as a young wife with the money she earned at a munitions plant.

I really enjoyed this and will look for books by this author again when I am looking for a real escape from the tensions of my life. 4 stars.

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