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  1. says:

    I started this on Sunday and finished it on Monday It was just one of those books that is filled with secrets of the past that you just have to know about and characters that you love as soon as you meet them and then you love them as the author lets you see who they areAlmost twelve years old and still reeling from the death of her father Ibby is abandoned by her mother and left on the doorstep of a grandmother who she just barely found o

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    This is a subtle southern charming read that gets under your skin as you read it It’s 1964 in the deep south of New Orleans It’s the summer and the heat is oppressive Ibby Bell is abandoned by her mother just after her father has passed away She is literally left on the doorstep of her eccentric grandmother whom she has never met The atmosphere of the story is one of racial tension acceptance of difference

  3. says:

    35 A coming of age story set in New Orleans during the era of Civil Rights A story that is gently and atmospherically told filled with secrets family and tragedies from the past that have a strong hold on the presentIt is however the character

  4. says:

    To all those comparing this to The Help by Kathryn StockettSTOP IT It's not even close The plot here is good but

  5. says:

    Very disappointing I wanted to like Dollbaby but it was a real letdown If you're looking for the next The Secret Life of Bees or The Help this is not it Dollbaby reads like a young adult novel The narration is mainly devoted to spelling out historical details and includes some strange nonsensical metaphors; the dialog is clunky and contains too much exposition; and the character development is simplistic The

  6. says:

    Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeil is a 2014 Viking Adult publication This highly praised novel has oft been compared

  7. says:

    The 1960's New Orleans a matriarch a girl without a daddy housekeepers families and secretsIbby was moved to her grandmother's home

  8. says:

    In prefacing acknowledgements Laura Lane McNeal praises her agent and editingpublishing team for their support assistance and sage advice I co

  9. says:

    I don't understand how this one has such a relatively high rating on Goodreads It sounded like a very promising novel of a young girl coming of age in 60s New Orleans against a backdrop of civil rights protests and family secrets and it's drawn comparisons to The Help But the writing is very awkward most of the backgroun

  10. says:

    This is southern lit about a family in New Orleans when a girl named Libby Bell is abandoned by her mother at her paternal grandmother's house in the 1960s and all the family secrets proceed to spill out of the closets I loved this book Loved The story has the magic of Alice Hoffman Sarah Addison Allen Rebecca Wells and Mi

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Dollbaby

Ate Ibby into the ways of the South both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets For Fannie’s own family history is fraught with tragedy hidden behind the closed rooms in her ornate Uptown mansion It will take Ibby’s arrival to begin to unlock the mysteries there And it will take ueenie and Dollbaby’s hard won wisdom to show Ibby that family can sometimes be found in the least expected places For fans of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt and The Help Dollbab. Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeil is a 2014 Viking Adult publication This highly praised novel has oft been compared to The Help and to a lesser extent The Secret Life of Bees However I would advise you to avoid going into this book with that type of preconceived notion This book is nothing at all like The Help with the exception of it being set in the south in the 1960 s and featuring strong black women but the similarity ends there When Liberty s Ibby father dies suddenly her mother abruptly drops her off at her paternal grandmothers home without Ibby ever having met the woman and with no indication when her mother might return for her Fannie is nothing like Ibby thought she would be and with ueenie and Dollbaby on hand Ibby settles into a new life in New Orleans with these three special women who raise her into adulthood while Ibby slowly unlocks the dark family secrets Fannie has hidden in the old house for all these years The hot humid backdrop of New Orleans in the sixties where race tensions were high provided a uneasy backdrop to this engrossing coming of age story ueenie and Dollbaby are the real caretakers of Ibby although Fannie makes most of the big decisions about her granddaughter s future such as attending a prestigious Catholic school despite the fact they weren t Catholic as an example ueenie and Dollbaby know most of Fannie s secrets and moods and slowly reveal them to Ibby until she finally has clearer picture of who Fannie is and what is at the root of her instability You will most likely begin to piece together the truth about Ibby s family as time passes on but ultimately this is a story of friendship love and family The writing could have been a lot cohesive and the outline needed some work However at the core the story is solid it just lacks a smoothness to it and could use a little shine and polish However the story itself overrode any writing issues I had some mixed emotions about some parts of the story but the south had it s own way of handling things back in the day and Fannie and ueenie especially ueenie took an unorthodox approach in what was most certainly a no win situation I still wondered at some of the ramifications of Fannie s story but can t really dissect it in this review without giving too much away I think the story is though provoking atmospheric sad yet ultimately the truth as harsh as may have been really showed that love transcends all manner of obstacles especially with family Forgiveness acceptance and peace often comes at a high price and all the women in the story made sacrifices in order to do what they felt was right or for the best We may not agree with all their choices but I did find them to be strong and inspirational in the face of much tragedy and difficult times Overall I still feel somewhat conflicted by this book but any story that keeps me thinking about it long after I have turned the last page means it left an impression I have struggled with how I wanted to rate the book especially with some of the writing issues I mentioned but I think the story is about average so this one gets 4 stars

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Y brings to life the charm and unrest of 1960s New Orleans through the eyes of a young girl learning to understand race for the first time By turns uplifting and funny poignant and full of verve Dollbaby is a novel readers will take to their heartsA Top Ten Finalist for Best Historical Novel Goodreads Choice Awards and a LibraryReads and Okra PickA big hearted coming of age debut set in civil rights era New Orleans a novel of Southern eccentricity and secrets?. I don t understand how this one has such a relatively high rating on Goodreads It sounded like a very promising novel of a young girl coming of age in 60s New Orleans against a backdrop of civil rights protests and family secrets and it s drawn comparisons to The Help But the writing is very awkward most of the background information is revealed through dialogue and the concept of exposition is ignored completely in favor of offering explanations after the fact and the characters barely rise above cliche Not for me How Julian and Nigel Turned Each Other Gay (Inadvertently), or So They Both Claim race for the first time By turns uplifting and funny poignant and full of verve Dollbaby is a novel Illustrated Workbook for Self-Therapy for Your Inner Critic rights era New Orleans a novel of Southern eccentricity and secrets?. I don t understand how this one has such a A Daddy for Christmas rating on Goodreads It sounded like a very promising novel of a young girl coming of age in 60s New Orleans against a backdrop of civil Banned in Britain rights protests and family secrets and it s drawn comparisons to The Help But the writing is very awkward most of the background information is Hour of the Beast revealed through dialogue and the concept of exposition is ignored completely in favor of offering explanations after the fact and the characters barely Dictionary Of Dreams rise above cliche Not for me

summary ´ eBook or Kindle ePUB ☆ Laura Lane McNeal

When Ibby Bell’s father dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1964 her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother Fannie and throws in her father’s urn for good measure Fannie’s New Orleans house is like no place Ibby has ever been and Fannie who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum is like no one she has ever met Fortunately Fannie’s black cook ueenie and her smart mouthed daughter Dollbaby take it upon themselves to initi. 35 A coming of age story set in New Orleans during the era of Civil Rights A story that is gently and atmospherically told filled with secrets family and tragedies from the past that have a strong hold on the presentIt is however the characters that make this novel so special Ibby I 12 hers old her father recently dead when she is dropped at her grandmothers house by her mother A grandmother she had never met and had been told by her mother many bad things There she meets two wonderfully drawn black women named ueenie the other ueenie s daughter who they call Dollbaby Her grandmother is a generous often overwhelmed woman whose life holds many personal struggles and secrets The rich characterizations of these characters is amazingWe get little bit of the music scene a visit to the black community and their church when President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act and a Vietnam War protest a Tulane We watch Ibby grow and as secrets are revealed her struggle to understand the woman who is her grandmother A wonderfully written Southern novel full of the atmosphere that is still found in New Orleans today Burning Attraction recently dead when she is dropped at her grandmothers house by her mother A grandmother she had never met and had been told by her mother many bad things There she meets two wonderfully drawn black women named ueenie the other ueenie s daughter who they call Dollbaby Her grandmother is a generous often overwhelmed woman whose life holds many personal struggles and secrets The The Numbers Game rich characterizations of these characters is amazingWe get little bit of the music scene a visit to the black community and their church when President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act and a Vietnam War protest a Tulane We watch Ibby grow and as secrets are Tall man riding. revealed her struggle to understand the woman who is her grandmother A wonderfully written Southern novel full of the atmosphere that is still found in New Orleans today

  • Hardcover
  • 337
  • Dollbaby
  • Laura Lane McNeal
  • English
  • 09 July 2018
  • 9780670014736

About the Author: Laura Lane McNeal

After receiving two undergraduate degrees from Southern Methodist University a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Business Administration she went on to earn an MBA from Tulane University She spent most of her career in advertising working for firms in New York and Dallas before returning to New Orleans where she started her own marketing consulting firm and became a free lance writer a