Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Truth About Sparrows by Marian Hale

Missouri is in the midst of a drought, and during the Depression that becomes the straw that broke the back of the Wynn family.

Sadie and her family leave to Texas, where her father can get work as a fisherman. Sadie hates this new life, where she lives in a one-room shanty, spends hours cleaning shrimp for a few cents and her disabled father is stared at everywhere he goes. Is it possible she will ever be able to call this place home?

I really enjoyed this book. The writing is simple and lyrical and the characters are interesting, with just enough flaws to make them seem real. My only real complaint is that the pacing of the story was very uneven, sometimes rushed and sometimes dragging into the land of boring.

4 Stars

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