Dollbaby

DollbabyDollbaby by Laura Lane McNeal
Published by Pamela Dorman Books on July 3rd 2014
Pages: 337
ISBN: 0670014737
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four-stars

Deposited at the home of the Grandmother she never met after the death of her father, Ibby (Liberty) feels alone and abandoned. Ibby has never been in the South and does not know what to make of her sports betting Eccentric Grandmother who often needs to go to the local “Asylum”. Ibby is soon educated on the ways of the South by her Grandmother’s Cook, Queenie and her Daughter Doll. This is a wonderful coming of age novel set in the 1960’s and 1970’s. Libby learns that not all families are perfect, they all have secrets and sooner or later those secrets are not so secret after all. Heartwarming at times, laugh out loud funny at times (I loved the part where she goes to Church with Queenie and Doll and the Preacher says “Give me Liberty” and she walks to the pulpit and says “I’m here”), sad at times but always good. A very moving and enjoyable read.

four-stars