This week’s book that I’m super excited about is a book some bloggers may have already heard about, but I wanted to feature it here because holy hell this sounds SO GOOD! What set me over the edge was that Booklist compared The Queen of Palmyra to The Secret Life of Bees and The Help, both of which I loooved.
The Queen of Palmyra by Minrose Gwin
- Paperback: 416 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; Original edition (April 27, 2010)
“It’s the story of Florence Forrest, a young girl growing up in 1960s Mississippi with an absent, alcoholic mother and a violent, unpredictable father. Florence’s only refuge is her grandmother’s house, where she spends her time in the company of Zenie, her grandparents’ longtime maid. Zenie, who is black, views Florence, who is white, as just another chore, but Zenie’s vibrant niece, Eva, takes Florence under her wing. The two grow ever closer, willfully oblivious at first to the way race divides their town. But those with darker intentions will not let them remain oblivious forever . . .”