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This is my all-time favorite book. Though it travels a similar path with "To Kill A Mockingbird", it is no way plagiarism! Both father characters, one an attorney and the other a teacher, go up against the culture of segregation, discrimination, and open brutality against African-Americans. "To Kill... " has a rabid dog, Thorpe's family has a cow named "Dammit" . Thorpe and Scout are young girls who live in the Depression era South. Yet no one can say Mary Dutton's novel is simply a spin-off Harper Lee's. "Thorpe" is a separate historical cultural commentary that takes place in an American time-period full of similar stories.
I've read "Thorpe" to myself several times. However, knowing how the story ends, when I tried reading it aloud to my daughter just saying the words "Honey in th' bee-ball" made me cry too hard to continue. When she grew up I gave her own copy.
It makes my heart proud to read novels like "Thorpe" and "To Kill A Mockingbird", to know these authors felt the passion and compassion that lead them to pen such life-changing works.
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A thoroughly interesting read and perspective on the South, racism, and life in general in the 1930's from a little girl who in some ways reminds me of Scout from "To Kill A Mocking Bird." Read full review