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A Place Called Sweet Shrub (Paperback, New edition) Loot Price: R281
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A Place Called Sweet Shrub (Paperback, New edition): Jane Roberts Wood
A Place Called Sweet Shrub (Paperback, New edition): Jane Roberts Wood

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A Place Called Sweet Shrub (Paperback, New edition)

Jane Roberts Wood

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A sequel to the author's The Train to Estelline (1987 - not reviewed) - part of a trilogy that chronicles the coping of a four-square, sunny young woman from a small Texas town in the years just before WW I. Here, Lacy Richards, returned from teaching in West Texas, is boisterously courted, then marries, and moves to Arkansas, where she witnesses terrible racial violence and loses a young friend. Lacy, disappointed in love (the man she adored married her own sister) settles into the Bonham, Texas, household happily. Days at the family hardware store and house hum along busily - but then enter hearty Josh Arnold. It is Josh who rescues Jeremiah, a white teen-ager raised by black Queenie, who found him as an abandoned tot. The fact of a black-white household, even a mother and son one, fuels some angry buzzing in Bonham, but when Lucy and Josh marry and move to Sweet Shrub, Arkansas, where Josh will be principal of the school, the hostility between the majority of white and exploited black farmers ignites into a terror of cruelty and slaughter. And Jeremiah, removed by Josh with Queenie's blessing to be raised "white," prefers not to be - and, in the hubbub, disappears. A grim incident swallowed into a decorous, appealingly apple-cheeked account of cozy domestics with lively ladies and all those tinkling iced teas. (Kirkus Reviews)
Together for the first time as a classic Texas trilogy: "The Train to Estellin""e" "A Place"" Called Sweet Shrub" "Dance a Little Longer" The Lucinda "Lucy" Richards trilogy, spanning the years from 1911 to the 1930s, has everything good books should have: a variety of landscapes, characters of all ages and social classes, an overall tenderness that never lapses into sentimentality, and a sense of the comic amidst the tragic. Lucy is feisty, funny, and completely open-armed about life. Josh passionately confronts danger and greed and prejudice with courage and humor and, sometimes, with bare fists. Even the minor characters are so rife with color that you first turn the pages quickly to see what they will do next and, then, you turn them slowly so as to savor each page of this remarkable trilogy. In 1915 it has been three years since Lucy Richards left her teaching post in West Texas and returned home where she is busy being indispensable to her eccentric mother, keeping her Aunt Catherine comfortable, and taking on many of the chores her very pregnant sister no longer feels up to. She decides to choose a husband from the local beaus, but none of them stand a chance when handsome, irreverent Josh Arnold comes to town. The newlyweds move to the sleepy hamlet of Sweet Shrub, Arkansas, where they are soon caught up in the lives of their neighbors and discover that the surface tranquility of the town hides simmering tensions and unrest that will inevitably result in tragedy.

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Imprint: University of North Texas Press,U.S.
Country of origin: United States
Release date: 2000
First published: 2000
Authors: Jane Roberts Wood
Dimensions: 210 x 140 x 19mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback
Pages: 289
Edition: New edition
ISBN-13: 978-1-57441-079-2
Barcode: 9781574410792
Categories: Books > Fiction > Genre fiction > Sagas
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LSN: 1-57441-079-2

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