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Praise Jerusalem! af Augusta Trobaugh
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Praise Jerusalem! (original 2001; udgave 2011)

af Augusta Trobaugh (Forfatter)

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Fans of southern novels that explore the complex relationships between white families and their black hired help will find a compelling story about race relations in PRAISE JERUSALEM. Amelia, an aging Georgia matron forced by money woes to move in with two other women--outlandishly preachy Maybelline and take-no-nonsense Mamie, who is black--begins to confront her childhood memories of the black women who worked for her family.Their lives, both tragic and yet sublimely proud, haunt Amelia even now, as she searches for a way to make peace with the sorrows she innocently observed. PRAISE JERUSALEM is a rare mix of poignant drama but also wry humor. Both the elder Amelia and her childhood self are primly rebellious and irrepressible; Amelia's sharp eye for petty human foibles never fails her.… (mere)
Medlem:ladybug74
Titel:Praise Jerusalem!
Forfattere:Augusta Trobaugh (Forfatter)
Info:Bell Bridge Books (2011), Paperback, 264 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
Vurdering:***1/2
Nøgleord:southern fiction, women's fiction

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Praise Jerusalem! af Augusta Trobaugh (2001)

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This was a hard book for me to get into. It took me three tries to get started but I've finally finished it. I will say it ends better than it starts but the language of the book just doesn't grab me. I would have enjoyed more connection with the characters. I will say, the story itself was decent. As other reviews mentioned, it may be that it was just a little too southern for me. ( )
  Anietzerck | Dec 26, 2014 |
Loved this! Like a blend of the Help and Driving Miss Daisy. Will read more from this author. ( )
  Lanetz | Apr 1, 2013 |
This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.
Book was a bit too Souther and a bit too religious for me. Was expecting something different. Did not enjoy the characters.
  shazjhb | Jun 24, 2012 |
I really enjoyed this novel. The characters were very real and realistic as well. It reminded me of magic realism in that there were some very odd occurrences and experiences couched in extremely mundane situations. It is memorable, readable, and entertaining. ( )
  heinous-eli | Jul 31, 2011 |
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This is the story of three women from very different backgrounds, Miss Amelia was a well to do white woman who is down on her luck after her husband dies, Maybelline who has had some bad luck with men but Praises Jesus and sings hymns and decides that Jesus has told her to take care of Miss Amelia much to Miss Amelia’s chagrin, the two eventually meet Mamie or as she prefers to be called Mrs. Johnson a young black woman who helps the ladies out then decides to go with them on their journey to Jerusalem (Georgia) to get away from her abusive man. These three woman set off on a journey of self-discovery and new beginnings.

While on their journey Miss Amelia has all these memories of when she was a child being taken care of by Aunt Valley a black maid. These memories become very real to Miss Amelia like she is reliving them. So this book goes back and forth in time from when Miss Amelia was a little girl to the present time with her new companions.

Maybelline is quite a character and it’s cute the way Miss Amelia gets so frustrated with her, Miss Johnson’s character I didn’t feel was fully fleshed out and I think could have been much more.

This was a good book if a bit slow for me; I would consider it Christian/Southern fiction. Southern fiction I love, Christian fiction not so much.

I received this book from Librarything Early Reviewer program.
3 ½ Stars ( )
  susiesharp | Jul 3, 2011 |
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Fans of southern novels that explore the complex relationships between white families and their black hired help will find a compelling story about race relations in PRAISE JERUSALEM. Amelia, an aging Georgia matron forced by money woes to move in with two other women--outlandishly preachy Maybelline and take-no-nonsense Mamie, who is black--begins to confront her childhood memories of the black women who worked for her family.Their lives, both tragic and yet sublimely proud, haunt Amelia even now, as she searches for a way to make peace with the sorrows she innocently observed. PRAISE JERUSALEM is a rare mix of poignant drama but also wry humor. Both the elder Amelia and her childhood self are primly rebellious and irrepressible; Amelia's sharp eye for petty human foibles never fails her.

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