Beautifully written, extraordinarily powerful, a rare gem of a read!
"If you liked To Kill a Mockingbird and The Help, you’ll love Apron Strings. It’s the quintessential story of life in the south, where racism and Southern charm coexist. It’s narrated by 7-year-old Sallee, who looks to Ethel, the family’s black maid as her surrogate mother. Mary Morony’s rich characters, twisting plot and beautiful writing show that love has no color."
When we last left the Mackey Family in the late 1950s, their lives were in turmoil. Divorce, alcoholism, racism, death, puberty – what WEREN’T they dealing with? Ethel, a black maid in a racist world – the true heart and soul of the Mackey Family, is the children’s only constant as she fights her own numerous demons. Twelve-year-old Sallee struggles to understand the world with little enlightenment from the adults around her. Ginny, newly divorced mother of four, finds that she doesn’t have the luxury of being the spoiled princess she once was. She is overwhelmed with responsibility, feelings of abandonment, and alcoholism. Joe, Ginny’s ex, and the children’s father, revels in new-found wealth and popularity with women, but agonizes over his children and the dangers within their broken family. These characters and more will draw you into heart-warming moments and terrible tragedies and, maybe, teach you a few things in the process!
Mary Morony’s fictional debut, Apron Strings, is one of those rare New Historical Fiction novels that improves with age and her eagerly awaited sequel, Done Grown Up, is sure to reap similar accolades. Why? Because the majority of books are only read once, even global bestsellers. Their plots and characters are widely talked about and in doing so they quickly surrender their mystery and appeal. Then there are those that can be reread and in doing so they improve with familiarity. The latter are scarce, but invariably they’re the mark of exceptional fiction. Morony’s Southern Fiction books are certainly in the second category. Not only does she have a knack for superior storytelling, but she’s mastered the art of creating powerful and emotive characters that truly resonate with her readers. Each of them touches upon one universal truth, that irrespective of our standing in life, colour or creed, we all have the power to make a difference to someone else’s life. Reading Done Grown Up proves a genuinely enriching experience. It will make you laugh out loud, it may well make you cry, but above all, it will remind you that the true measure of our humanity is how we live our life on a day-to-day basis.
An exceptional read by any standard, from an exciting new voice in Women's Literature, it is recommended without reservation.
Click on links below or use arrows to scroll through spotlight reviews
Southern Historical Fiction At It's Very Best From Mary Morony
The Enduring Strength Of The Human Heart &
The Redemptive Power Of Love.
“You know your children are growing up when they stop asking you where they came from and refuse to tell you where they're going.”