Well, what did y’all think??
I cannot lie – I almost gave up on this book. The beginning didn’t capture me and the language in the beginning was just too flowery and full of embellishments. I felt as though the author had a list of descriptive phrases she’d been collecting over the years and that she was determined to use them all in the first 15 or 20 pages of the book.
Having said that, I stuck with it and ended up really enjoying this fictionalized account of Dr. May Chinn’s life.
I felt sorry for May and her mother – her father was a real piece of work and I felt like the trials and loss he suffered earlier in his life would’ve made him a bit more compassionate and loving instead of so very harsh. The relationship between May and her mother made my heart smile – there is truly nothing like a mother’s love and most of us know that our own mothers would do and sacrifice for us the same way May’s mother did and sacrificed for her. I loved her!
Speaking of love, while I wished that May had ended up with one of the men that she loved (not her son’s father though) I completely understood why she made the decision to remain single.
My mother and I were laughing at how every single artist of prominence during the Harlem Renaissance was mentioned in the book. From Paul Robeson to Josephine Baker to Countee Cullen, the good doctor hung out with (and was loved by) everybody who was anybody!
Anyhow, I enjoyed the book and would love to hear what you thought. You know what to do…
Oh – we’re discussing Henrietta Lacks next month – any suggestions for March and beyond??