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A Southern Ranch House and Racism
Reviewed in the United States on September 19, 2016
Grau centers her story about the house belonging to a southern farmer/rancher who by astute planning and effort, becomes wealthy. However, he takes a black woman as a mistress, which creates strong feelings in the community. This plays out over the years, largely from the point of view of his daughter. I found the story beautifully written, although at times it wandered and I lost the thread. The lazy, meandering life of the house mimics the southern summer climate, but suddenly, the tension erupts like lightning and the pages sizzle. Readers need patience in the early stages of the book, but in the end, it is most satisfying.