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E Ibby into the ways of the South both its grand traditions and its darkest secrets For Fannie’s own family history is fraught with tragedy hidden behind the closed rooms in her ornate Uptown mansion It will take Ibby’s arrival to begin to unlock the mysteries there And it will take ueenie and Dollbaby’s hard won wisdom to show Ibby that family can sometimes be found in the least expected places For fans of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt and The Help Dollba. Very disappointing I wanted to like Dollbaby but it was a real letdown If you re looking for the next The Secret Life of Bees or The Help this is not it Dollbaby reads like a young adult novel The narration is mainly devoted to spelling out historical details and includes some strange nonsensical metaphors the dialog is clunky and contains too much exposition and the character development is simplistic The story is disorganized with plotlines that go nowhere There are a handful of very good scenes that hint at the book this might have been but most of it is a big disappointment And why is it called Dollbaby The reason is flimsy at best The character Dollbaby is a potentially terrific lead character but she remains only a supporting character throughout My suspicion is that an editor thought it would look good on the cover The book does have a great cover I ll give it that This might be a good read for a junior high school aged reader who has just been introduced to To Kill a Mockingbird There s no comparison between the two not by a long shot but that s the right audience for this novel

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By brings to life the charm and unrest of s New Orleans through the eyes of a young girl learning to understand race for the first time By turns uplifting and funny poignant and full of verve Dollbaby is a novel readers will take to their heartsA Top Ten Finalist for Best Historical Novel Goodreads Choice Awards and a LibraryReads and Okra PickA big hearted coming of age debut set in civil rights era New Orleans a novel of Southern eccentricity and secrets?. In prefacing acknowledgements Laura Lane McNeal praises her agent and editingpublishing team for their support assistance and sage advice I concur Without professional tutelage Dollbaby might have become another diamond in the rough among hundreds of thousands lost in an overly saturated self published sea That would be a crying shame Dollbaby is a delightful coming of age southern jewel It s my kind of southern fried fiction regionally uniue and atmospheric rich with uaint ambiance and flavor an eclectic array of colorful characters social graces steeped in mysticism secrets and perpetual hope and eccentric magnetism uniue to southern social grace and disgraceI felt Ibby s pain of rejection pawned off onto an eccentric and somewhat neurotic grandmother whom Ibby had never laid eyes on before I could smell the Mississippi basin and gulf sea air and hear gulls and pelicans crying aloft I could hear the creaking wood floor of the perfumery shop drenched in earthy and exotic scents And I could easily visualize Frannie s old Victorian house complete with vine encroaching turrets and pillared portico And oh the delight of southern superstitions ueenie s bottle tree Every time she finishes a bottle of Milk of Magnesia she sticks it on a branch of the tree The bottles they supposed to capture spirits that wander in the night Mama says them spirits love blue glass so they crawl up inside and once there they can t get out Then when the sun rises they burn all up until they no Essentially McNeal did a nice job authenticating time place dialect customs traditions and people uniue to New Orleans and the south in general The Woolworth s lunch counter sit in along with a racially charged false accusation and the Vietnam War protest rally gave atmospheric credence to the turbulence of the sixties and seventies And the uniue names of people places foods and traditions brought N Orleans and all that jazz to life Plus I love how Ibby grows and transforms over the years embracing Frannie ueenie and Doll s affection and dedicated devotion as extended family Truly good or bad all the characters were uniue and adeuately developedAs for mechanics a few conversational scenes were a bit choppy But the overall story had good flow Divisions between current action and flashback were easy to follow And for the most part the story line stayed on track There weren t any totally pointless rabbit trails most everything that McNeal divulged was relevant to time and place However not all atmospheric enhancements were relevant to Ibby s story especially scenes such as Woolworth Yes it was historically significant to the Civil Rights movement And yes it was important to the development of Doll and ueenie s characters But it would have made a stronger impact had Ibby been directly tied into it And though Frannie s red convertible emerging on scene at the Vietnam rally was humorous I wasn t totally certain why it was included Frankly the rally scene was so brief it felt like an aside than a major eventOverall Dollbaby is a delightful coming of age story an exceptional debut novel which I enjoyed immensely I recommend it to all who enjoy an eccentrically rich southern tale embracing culture hope acceptance and family And because McNeal has room for growth as an author it only means upwards and onward to greater literary heights I m looking forward to reading future novels from her charming southern pen

Summary Dollbaby

When Ibby Bell’s father dies unexpectedly in the summer of her mother unceremoniously deposits Ibby with her eccentric grandmother Fannie and throws in her father’s urn for good measure Fannie’s New Orleans house is like no place Ibby has ever been and Fannie who has a tendency to end up in the local asylum is like no one she has ever met Fortunately Fannie’s black cook ueenie and her smart mouthed daughter Dollbaby take it upon themselves to initiat. I started this on Sunday and finished it on Monday It was just one of those books that is filled with secrets of the past that you just have to know about and characters that you love as soon as you meet them and then you love them as the author lets you see who they areAlmost twelve years old and still reeling from the death of her father Ibby is abandoned by her mother and left on the doorstep of a grandmother who she just barely found out she had Fannie her grandmother is a seemingly eccentric smoking and gambling woman is really a mentally unstable sad woman who has many secrets The loving relationship that develops between them will move you The story is set in New Orleans just as the Civil Rights Act is passed in 1964 ueenie the endearing maid who came with the house has endured losses of her own She is wise but set in old ways and doesn t think anything will change with the passage of the Civil Rights Act Dollbaby her daughter of the newer generation wants change not just for herself but her daughter These women become as big a part of Ibby s life as they are of Fannie sThe secrets one after another begin to unfold about Fannie s life Ibby learns about Fannie s hard life as a child and how she came to New Orleans I loved the descriptions of the French uarter both when Fannie first came there and in the time when Ibby arrives But it isn t until the end that the whole story is divulgedThe story though is about than just the time and place It is about loss about friendship family race and prejudice but mostly about the beautiful relationships between these characters There are things that happened in the past that Ibby doesn t learn until the end but the most important things she learns is that she is not alone It s a beautiful story beautifully written and full of heart and loveThank you to PENGUIN GROUP Viking and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book


10 thoughts on “Dollbaby

  1. says:

    I started this on Sunday and finished it on Monday It was just one of those books that is filled with secrets of the past that you just have to know about and characters that you love as soon as you meet them and then you love them as the author lets you see who they areAlmost twelve years old and still reeling from the death of her father Ibby is abandoned by her mother and left on the doorstep of a grandmot

  2. says:

    This is a subtle southern charming read that gets under your skin as you read it It’s 1964 in the deep south of New Orleans It’s the summer

  3. says:

    35 A coming of age story set in New Orleans during the era of Civil Rights A story that is gently and atmospherically told filled with secrets family and tragedies from the past that have a strong hold on the presentIt is however the characters that make this novel so special Ibby I 12 hers old her father recently dead

  4. says:

    To all those comparing this to The Help by Kathryn StockettSTOP IT It's not even close The plot here is good but the writing is clunky and inconsistent Difficult to follow

  5. says:

    Very disappointing I wanted to like Dollbaby but it was a real letdown If you're looking for the next The Secret Life of B

  6. says:

    Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeil is a 2014 Viking Adult publication This highly praised novel has oft been compared to “The

  7. says:

    The 1960's New Orleans a matriarch a girl without a daddy housekeepers families and secretsIbby was moved to her grandmother's home after her fa

  8. says:

    In prefacing acknowledgements Laura Lane McNeal praises her agent and editingpublishing team for their support assistance and sage ad

  9. says:

    I don't understand how this one has such a relatively high rating on Goodreads It sounded like a very promising novel of a young girl coming of age in 60s New Orleans against a backdrop of civil rights protests and family secrets and it's dra

  10. says:

    This is southern lit about a family in New Orleans when a girl named Libby Bell is abandoned by her mother at her paternal grandmother's house in the 1960s and all the family secrets proceed to spill out of the closets I

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