I’ve been waiting to read The Dry Grass of August by Anna Jean Mayhew for months and was not disappointed. Jubie Watts is a breath of fresh air, a narrator coming of age as the civil rights movement matures in the South. She’s a unique narrator, on the verge of understanding the world around her – an enjoyable combination of 13-year-old innocence and jadedness.
Jubie’s family drives south from Charlotte for a summer holiday in the 1950’s, mother with children in tow and the family’s black maid to help out. During their travels, Jubie’s narration pops back and forth between present and formative events of her childhood. It’s an interesting commentary not only on racism, but also on the treatment of women in general. This was a quick read for me, full of vivid descriptions, amusing vignettes, and intriguing characters. Definitely read it!