Author: Carson McCullers
Length: 359 pages
Plot: Carson M was 23 when she wrote this book which I note only because I was amazed
again and again that someone so young could have (imo) such a profound understanding of race relations and adult loneliness and childhood yearnings. The back of my edition calls the book "an unforgettable tale of moral isolation in a small southern mill town in the 1930s." I have read this book many times and always feel like I get something new. I always end up feeling as if the meaning of the book has eluded me, it escapes easy pocketing.
What makes this book worth reading: There are many beautiful sub-plots. The black doctor who is so educated and imo misunderstood. I never did really understand the connection of the deaf mute to his Greek friend. When the music slips away from Mick's life after she is forced to start work.
There are so many important and beautifully told moments that truly resonate.
What could the author have done differently to make it better: I consider this book perfect. I even adore the title.