HEART-OF-SNOWBIRD by Carol Lee Lorenzo


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Like Vera and Bill Cleaver's Ellen Grae, Lorenzo's Laurel Ivy demonstrates Southern spunk and personality and individualism as she deals with her sister's marriage, her stepmother's death, and her growing friendship with the Southern town's ""first Indian,"" Hank Bearfoot. The story is slow-moving at first, with an underlying sultriness (or sensuality); as it builds we become thoroughly familiar with and involved with each sharply defined character. Beyond knowing them well, it is also possible to like them well, in spite of--or because of--their various human qualities: pacifist Hank, who wants to live on a reservation; shy Judith, afraid to contemplate really leaving her town; insecure Glory, too conscious of being the second wife (and of her husband's infidelity); Preacher Sosbee, eager to save and help troubled souls and even more eager to publicize his doing so; and Police Chief Acey, Laurel Ivy's chief confidant. The growth each undergoes, the overall details of their lives, become so ingrained in the reader that at the end we feel we have lived in Heart-of-Snowbird ourselves, and made friends there.

Pub Date: April 1st, 1975
Publisher: Harper