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The Dry Grass of August

(2011)
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In this beautifully written debut, Anna Jean Mayhew offers a riveting depiction of Southern life in the throes of segregation, what it will mean for a young girl on her way to adulthood--and for the woman who means the world to her. . .

On a scorching day in August 1954, thirteen-year-old Jubie Watts leaves Charlotte, North Carolina, with her family for a Florida vacation. Crammed into the Packard along with Jubie are her three siblings, her mother, and the family's black maid, Mary Luther. For as long as Jubie can remember, Mary has been there--cooking, cleaning, compensating for her father's rages and her mother's benign neglect, and loving Jubie unconditionally.

Bright and curious, Jubie takes note of the anti-integration signs they pass, and of the racial tension that builds as they journey further south. But she could never have predicted the shocking turn their trip will take. Now, in the wake of tragedy, Jubie must confront her parents' failings and limitations, decide where her own convictions lie, and make the tumultuous leap to independence. . .

Infused with the intensity of a changing time, here is a story of hope, heartbreak, and the love and courage that can transform us--from child to adult, from wounded to indomitable.

Genre: Historical

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"I read this book straight through." - Lee Smith


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Hardback Editions

August 2011 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Dry Grass of August (Platinum Readers Circle (Center Point))
Author(s): Anna Jean Mayhew
ISBN: 1-61173-124-0 / 978-1-61173-124-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Center Point Pub
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Paperback Editions

January 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Dry Grass of August
Author(s): Anna Jean Mayhew
ISBN: 1-4967-2226-4 / 978-1-4967-2226-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Kensington
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April 2011 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Dry Grass of August
Author(s): Anna Jean Mayhew
ISBN: 0-7582-5409-1 / 978-0-7582-5409-2 (USA edition)
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April 2012 : Paperback
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Title: LARMES NOIRES DE MARY LUTHER (LES)
Author(s): MAYHEW,ANNA JEAN
ISBN: 2353151418 / 978-2353151417
Publisher: BALLAND
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Audio Editions

December 2011 : USA Audio edition
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Title: The Dry Grass of August
Author(s): Anna Jean Mayhew
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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December 2011 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: The Dry Grass of August
Author(s): Anna Jean Mayhew
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December 2011 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: The Dry Grass of August (Library Edition)
Author(s): Anna Jean Mayhew
ISBN: 1-4551-3188-1 / 978-1-4551-3188-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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December 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Dry Grass of August
Author(s): Anna Jean Mayhew
ISBN: 1-4551-3190-3 / 978-1-4551-3190-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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December 2011 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Dry Grass of August
Author(s): Anna Jean Mayhew
ISBN: 1-4551-3189-X / 978-1-4551-3189-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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December 2011 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Dry Grass of August
Author(s): Anna Jean Mayhew
ISBN: 1-4551-3191-1 / 978-1-4551-3191-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Kindle Editions

April 2011 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Dry Grass of August
Author(s): Anna Jean Mayhew
Publisher: Kensington Books
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