February 19, 2013

Glow - review

publisher Penguin
paperback version to be published February 26
source:  author

 When I opened Glow, I was delighted to see the family tree at the very beginning.  I adore genealogy  and tracing the generations back and forth. 

Ella McGee was born in 1930, and lived in Washington, DC.   Her father is black,  her mother a mixture of Cherokee and Scotch-Irish.   At age 11, her mother sent her back home on a bus to a small town in the Georgia mountains.

Ella disappeared.   There comes a magical meeting with Willie Mae and Mary-Mary who find her.  Are they ghosts?  I don't think this word adequately describes them.

In the course of the book, we meet Riddle Young who was born in 1818.  His mother died in childbirth when he was twelve.  His dad makes him promise to take care of the baby, Emmeline.

What a special weave of stories!  Glow is a mixture of people and the influence their heritage has upon them.   

1 comment:

Laura BookSnob said...

I really love the cove of Glow. Adding it to my TBR list.