1.17.2012

Review: Gathering of the Waters by Bernice L. McFadden

Title: Gathering of Waters
Author: Bernice L. McFadden
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Gathering of Waters is a deeply engrossing tale narrated by the town of Money, Mississippi–a site both significant and infamous in our collective story as a nation. Money is personified in this haunting story, which chronicles its troubled history following the arrival of the Hilson and Bryant families. Tass Hilson and Emmett Till were young and in love when Emmett was brutally murdered in 1955. Anxious to escape the town, Tass marries Maximillian May and relocates to Detroit. Forty years later, after the death of her husband, Tass returns to Money and fantasy takes flesh when Emmett Till’s spirit is finally released from the dank, dark waters of the Tallahatchie River. The two lovers are reunited, bringing the story to an enchanting and profound conclusion. Gathering of Waters mines the truth about Money, Mississippi, as well as the town’s families, and threads their history over decades. The bare-bones realism–both disturbing and riveting–combined with a magical realm in which ghosts have the final say, is reminiscent of Toni Morrison’s Beloved. Review: I’ve done a review before on a book of Ms. McFadden titled Glorious. The author wowed me with this book, and has done the same with Gathering of Waters. As you can tell from the description above, the book sounds WONDERFUL! But the book is so much more! The book is raw with emotion, life, and experience. Not only do you feel for the characters, you are transformed into the characters and experience everything that they do. I have said this on Twitter in regards to this book: Finished this book today:http://t.co/OIgaTl5P@queenazsa is an astounding heart wrenchingly wonderful master of prose! I mean this today as much as I meant it then. I am not sure there is enough praise that I can give this book. In regards to the publisher, Akashic Books, it is proof to the company’s worth to have Ms. McFadden as one of their authors. Since I am a book snob, and find typos in books (even by the ‘biggest’ of authors) I can honestly say that the editors at this house are worth their weight in gold. - See more at: http://miscramblings.us/category/book-review/#sthash.bImI1EDJ.dpuf