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Overall, our book club enjoyed this title. We found the characters and plot interesting. The Informationist is a page turner and we would recommend it to other book clubs.
This book is one of the best books I have read this year! In The Informationist, Ms. Stevens created a cast of characters that I couldn't wait to read more about so I waited for The Innocent with great anticipation and it definitely does not disappoint. The Innocent delves further into Vanessa Michael Munroe's cult past and delivers as a fast paced thriller. Looking forward to reading the next novel in this series.
"Dollbaby" begins in 1964 introducing us to Liberty "Ibby" Bell, who has just tragically lost her father and is being left by her mother in New Orleans, a city Ibby has never visited before, to stay with a grandmother Ibby has never met before. Fannie is certainly not the typical grandmotherly type and has several skeletons in her closet. Ibby becomes close with Queenie and her daughter Dollbaby, who have run Fannie's household for many years. The story follows Ibby, Fannie, Queenie and Dollbaby through the Civil Rights movement as well as protests over the Vietnam War and the other highs and lows of everyday life.
The author does an excellent job of capturing the culture and ambiance of New Orleans. The map noting various locations in New Orleans which are discussed in the novel was much appreciated.
Dollbaby is Laura Lane McNeal's first novel and we definitely look forward to her next novel. We thoroughly enjoyed this book and would recommend it to book clubs. If you enjoyed The Help by Kathryn Stockett or Whistling Past the Graveyard by Susan Crandall or Saving CeeCee Honeycutt by Beth Hoffman, put this book on your "to-read" list.
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