Saturday, June 8, 2013

all things new review

"All Things New" by Lynn Austin is a novel about post Civil War in the South.  The Weatherly's are the historical Bluth's only not funny, but just as delusional.  The Weatherlys are an antebellum family that has lost everything following the Civil War.  They have lost everything all the way down to one slave family and one horse and a few chickens.  And they have no clue what they are doing.  They don't know how to survive or take care of themselves in any way, nor do they want to.  The Weatherlys must change as well as the entire South if they are going to survive.
This book follows two family's points of view: the Weatherly's and the Otis's (former slaves).  It explores the frame of mind the two families have in order to deal with change.  The whites on reforming an entire way of life and the blacks on losing their slave state of mind.  The book is pretty good, but it runs long.  A lot of the middle could be taken out.  The pace could have been a little quicker too.  The idea of the novel is good.  It shows how mending the repercussions of slavery takes so long.  I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers.

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