Sweetgrass by Mary Alice Monroe

sweetgrassSweetgrass is a historical tract of land in South Carolina that has been home to the Blakely family for eight generations. But Sweetgrass — named for the indigenous grass that grows in the area — is in trouble. Bulldozers are leveling surrounding properties, and the Blakelys could be forced to sell the one thing that continues to hold their disintegrating family together. For some of the Blakelys, the prospect of selling Sweetgrass is bittersweet — for others, it is completely unimaginable.

This book made me cry on more than one occasion. I loved the strong characters, especially Mama June, and their real relationships with one another. I especially enjoyed Preston and Mama June’s relationship and Morgan’s relationship with Preston. These characters aren’t just on paper but I could see them and I wanted to be their friends. Her descriptions of the Low Country can actually bring alive the sounds and smells of this area, rich in tradition and history. Sweetgrass was heartfelt without being too over the top, and heart-wrenching without being depressing.

Book Mentioned:

  • Monroe, Mary Alice. Sweetgrass. New York, NY: Mira, 2006. Print. 448 pgs. ISBN: 0778323064. Source: Purchased.
Book Cover © Mira. Retrieved: June 6, 2008.

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