Thursday, October 9, 2014

Unforgettable

Some stories melt your heart.

HALLEY, by Faye Gibbons, NewSouth Books, 2014

Halley is 14. She was born at the wrong time in the wrong place, during the depths of the Depression in a struggling mountain community in north Georgia. That’s just the setting for this gritty novel.

As if the times are not punishing enough, when Halley’s beloved father dies suddenly, she and her mother and younger brother Robbie are forced to move in with her hell fire and brimstone preacher grandfather, Franklin. Franklin never liked Halley’s father and takes that dislike out on his daughter and her children. He thumps his Bible and quotes Scripture to suit his own purposes, and those purposes turn the women of his family into powerless servants.

Whatever Halley prizes, her grandfather seems determined to hold hostage or take away from her. Halley believes an education will give her control over her own life and be a salvation for her family.  Her wily grandfather knows the power of education which is the very reason he stands in her way like a mile high wall of bricks. Women of today will applaud Halley’s stubbornness—or so it was considered then.    

This book offers so many springboards for discussion, I hardly know where to begin.
Gender roles. Respect for elders. Faith issues. Forgiveness. Readers at your house will be thinking, discussing, and tapping into some surprising wells of emotion inside themselves.   

Author Faye Gibbons is a master story teller. It will be a long time before you forget Halley.       

 

8 comments:

  1. Can't wait to read it! Faye is always a great story teller!
    Jo S. Kittinger

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    1. This one will keep you glaring at the villains!

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  2. Thanks for the Breezer reviews. This sounds like another compelling read.

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    1. You are welcome, Chris. I hope you made it to the Southern Breeze conference last week-end. Faye was there and congratulated repeatedly on the wonderful reviews Halley has received. Ah, success!

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  3. Sounds like another of Faye's wondrous tales. So glad it's out! Thank you for the enticing review!

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    1. Thank YOU, Kathy. Luv your blog. It keeps me smiling.

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  4. I didn't know she had a new book out - thanks for this. I always look forward to reading her stories, and to seeing her at conferences. What a gracious lady and a great story-teller. She's fabulous at keynote speeches too! -- Sandy

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    1. Thanks for commenting, Sandy. HALLEY is packed with historical detail--something that appeals mightily to readers like us.

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