Wednesday, March 12, 2014

The Funeral Dress

Title:  The Funeral Dress
Author:  Susan Gregg Gilmore
Publication Information:  Broadway Books, Crown Publishing Group, Random House Inc. 2013. 356 pages.
ISBN:  0307886212 / 978-0307886217

Book Source:  I received this book through a publisher's giveaway free of cost in exchange for an honest review.

Favorite Quote:  "Maybe I got so used to wanting something ... that somewhere along the way I didn't realize I didn't need it no more."

The Funeral Dress is a story of growing up poor in the South. It is a story of strong women who support each other through whatever may come.

Emmalee Bullard is a young woman living with her drunk and cruel father. She successfully manages to find a job at the local garment factory. This job brings her to a group of women, who are reluctant at first but them come to accept her as one of her own. In particular, the job brings her to Leona.

Emmalee finds herself young, alone, and with a baby. Leona offers her support and a chance at a better life. Yet, before that comes to fruition, Leona dies in an accident. Emmalee finds herself alone again.

This time, she is fighting to keep her baby, fighting to keep her independence, and still looking for that chance at a better life. Some help her. Some want to stop her. Some simply standby and watch it all happen.

The book is a quick read. It is an interesting story. It is well written. The book does a lovely job of bringing the time period and the place to life. Strong female characters in a book are always promising. I just waited for something unexpected that would make the book stand out, and that did not come. Hence, the three stars. I liked the book, but did not fall in love with it.

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