Monday, January 25, 2010
Book Review: Leaving Gee's Bend
I just finished Irene Latham's debut book: Leaving Gee's Bend. It is set in Gees Bend, AL and centers around a girl that quilts herself out of problems.
I've been to writing classes where they tell you to put your protagonist up in a tree and then throw rocks at them. This is just what Irene does to poor Ludelphia Bennett. When you think that things can't get much worse, they do.
I wonder if I hang around Irene enough that some of the writer's fairy dust will land on me. I'm sure going to try. My nest opportunity to learn from Irene and other great writers will be at the Midsouth historical fiction workshop.
Hope to see you there!