Friday, August 4, 2017

Simone Review

By: Angel Berry

In the year 1930, the community of Potluck, Louisiana was one of divided lines - not of black and white, but of the haves and the have-nots. Of the residents of Potluck was one Simone Tout, a young woman of twenty years born an only child to a father who started the town school and a mother, Berta, who was proudly employed as a cook in the mayor's kitchen.

Georges Andrieux, the handsome, well-educated son of the mayor, is a man that Simone despises - a man who is more than aggressive in his determination to make Simone his wife. Berta of course is thrilled, but against her mother's wishes the headstrong Simone has plans of her own in the form of Cotton Neal, a young man who Berta considers as nothing better than a common thug, jailbird, and bootlegger from the wrong side of the tracks.

But to Simone, Cotton is the air she breathes - her future husband and the love of her life. 

While Simone and Cotton prepare to run away together, the owner of a local opium den is found floating face down in the river. When Cotton is blamed for the murder he disappears, and while law enforcement work vigilantly to apprehend him, Simone is left to endure Georges' bitter, violent form of jealousy. When he threatens to reveal Cotton's whereabouts, Simone finally falls into his trap as he uses blackmail as a form of revenge.


You run away only to have your car break down on the side of the road. You accidentally murder the mother of a good samaritan...

The events that follow will change the lives of each woman forever.

I received this Early Readers Edition in exchange for an honest review.

This was the most intense short novel I've ever read. It was a very quick read though and I finished it in three hours. It was captivating, almost from the beginning. Simone's character is truly pathetic and you can't help but feel for her because her character never really catches a break. Toni's character is only briefly in the book, but her circumstances are devastating and you can't help but see a direct line of sadness and hopelessness linking her to Simone; a character she never knows but who she becomes intertwined with nonetheless.

A lot of the things that happen in the book were given away by the synopsis (again, it's a short novel, not a whole lot of room there for conflict) but still, somehow, I could not put this book down. The level of detail in this novel was perfect. The author didn't go into detail with every aspect of the book, which would have made it over-explained and drawn out needlessly, but she described things in a way that was almost poetic. Immediately I was hooked on descriptions of the characters and the setting. It added that extra bit of flavour to an already beguiling story.

There was a lot of sadness, death and frank language and treatment of African American's that was hard to read, but necessary to the story. It made the story the tragedy that it was, but because of it I don't know that I could read the book again. I always have a hard time reading about characters who truly deserve a happy ending and never get the extent of what they deserve. It's the only thing stopping me from giving this book a five star rating.

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Thanks for reading!

Opinionated Bookworm

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