Mourning Dove

A Novel by Claire Fullerton

Description: The heart has a home when it has an ally. If Millie Crossan doesn’t know anything else, she knows this one truth simply because her brother Finley grew up beside her. Charismatic Finley, eighteen months her senior, becomes Millie’s guide when their mother Posey leaves their father and moves her children from Minnesota to Memphis shortly after Millie’s tenth birthday. Memphis is a world foreign to Millie and Finley. This is the 1970s Memphis, the genteel world of their mother’s upbringing and vastly different from anything they’ve ever known. Here they are the outsiders. Here, they only have each other. And here, as the years fold over themselves, they mature in a manicured Southern culture where they learn firsthand that much of what glitters isn’t gold. Nuance, tradition, and Southern eccentrics flavor Millie and Finley’s world as they find their way to belonging. But what hidden variables take their shared history to leave both brother and sister at such disparate ends?

The book was so back and forth like as if the author couldn’t really gather her thoughts while writing it. There wasn’t much of a break between scenes, we ended up switching randomly… so at times it would be a bit confusing being in one place and time and then in the next paragraph being a few weeks later in a different place. It’s a story being told about the life of her family so it definitely didn’t have a first person feel to it, more like as if you’re having coffee with someone and they’re telling you their life story. It really made you feel quite detached from the characters, which I didn’t love. It was a fine story of the South, I love stories of southern areas.. the intricate social standards that they uphold and whatnot have always fascinated me, and in this book it was no different. That was all extremely on point. But the words she throws around in this book are like as if she’s smacking you in the face with a thesaurus. There were way too many fancy words thrown in when simple normal basic words would have been sufficient to describe the scenes. I hate not understanding what at least five words on a page mean. I think if the writing were to be simpler and more inviting I would have enjoyed it more than I did! But overall it was a decent story and a pretty good book!

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