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Ate 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 Dollbab 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 First & Then the ways of Painting Garden Birds with Sherry C. Nelson (Decorative Painting) the South both its grand Ella Puede! traditions and its darkest secrets For Fannie’s own family history is fraught with Newlyweds Anal Lessons tragedy hidden behind The Millionairess the closed rooms in her ornate Uptown mansion It will Elements of the Writing Craft take Ibby’s arrival Me Tawk Funny to begin E.E. Cummings to unlock Judgment Day the mysteries Bumperhead there And it will The Wondrous And True Story Of Christmas take ueenie and Dollbaby’s hard won wisdom The Women on the Island to show Ibby Digital Painting, 37 Intermediate Tricks and Techniques that family can sometimes be found in How to Keep a Sketchbook Journal the least expected places For fans of Saving CeeCee Honeycutt and The Help Dollbab To all Let the Trumpet Sound: A Life of Martin Luther King, Jr. (P.S.) those comparing Me So Pretty! (Pretty Freekin Scary, this The Witchs Coven to The Help by Kathryn StockettSTOP IT It's not even close The plot here is good but Supplementary Exercises for Introducing Biblical Hebrew by Allen P. Ross the writing is clunky and inconsistent Difficult Great Famine to follow

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Y brings to life the charm and unrest of 1960s 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? 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 drawn comparisons to The Help But the writing is very awkward most of the background information is revealed through dialogue and the concept of exposition is ignored completely in favor of offering explanations after the fact and the characters barely rise above cliche Not for me

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When Ibby Bell’s father dies unexpectedly in the summer of 1964 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 initi 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 and the heat is oppressive Ibby Bell is abandoned by her mother just after her father has passed away She is literally left on the doorstep of her eccentric grandmother whom she has never met The atmosphere of the story is one of racial tension acceptance of differences and the love and protection found in a non traditional family A 50 year old story unfolds that is amazingly sad but full of hope and provides such clarity McNeal’s writing is both descriptive and thematic The story is told from Ibby’s point of view however throughout there are various flashbacks into her grandmother’s life that tell her story There was only one minute part that I didn’t uite buy into and kept this at a 45 rather than a 5★ Well worth the read if you enjoy southern lit


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 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


  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 and the heat is oppressive Ibby Bell is abandoned by her mother just after her father has passed away She is literally left on the doorstep of her eccentric grandmother whom she has never met The atmosphere of the story is one of racial tension acceptance of differences and the love and protection found in a non traditional family A 50 year old story unfolds that is amazingly sad but full of hope and provides such clarity McNeal’s writing is both descriptive and thematic The story is told from Ibby’s point of view however throughout there are various flashbacks into her grandmother’s life that tell her story There was only one minute part that I didn’t uite buy into and kept this at a 45 rather than a 5★ Well worth the read if you enjoy southern lit


  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 when she is dropped at her grandmothers house by her mother A grandmother she had never met and had been told by her mother many bad things There she meets two wonderfully drawn black women named ueenie the other ueenie's daughter who they call Dollbaby Her grandmother is a generous often overwhelmed woman whose life holds many personal struggles and secrets The rich characterizations of these characters is amazingWe get little bit of the music scene a visit to the black community and their church when President Johnson signs the Civil Rights Act and a Vietnam War protest a Tulane We watch Ibby grow and as secrets are revealed her struggle to understand the woman who is her grandmother A wonderfully written Southern novel full of the atmosphere that is still found in New Orleans today


  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 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


  6. says:

    Dollbaby by Laura Lane McNeil is a 2014 Viking Adult publication This highly praised novel has oft been compared to “The Help” and to a lesser extent “The Secret Life of Bees” However I would advise you to avoid going into this book with that type of preconceived notion This book is nothing at all like “The Help” with the exception of it being set in the south in the 1960's and featuring strong black women but the similarity ends there When Liberty's Ibby father dies suddenly her mother abruptly drops her off at her paternal grandmothers' home without Ibby ever having met the woman and with no indication when her mother might return for her Fannie is nothing like Ibby thought she would be and with ueenie and Dollbaby on hand Ibby settles into a new life in New Orleans with these three special women who raise her into adulthood while Ibby slowly unlocks the dark family secrets Fannie has hidden in the old house for all these years The hot humid backdrop of New Orleans in the sixties where race tensions were high provided a uneasy backdrop to this engrossing coming of age story ueenie and Dollbaby are the real caretakers of Ibby although Fannie makes most of the big decisions about her granddaughter's future such as attending a prestigious Catholic school despite the fact they weren't Catholic as an example ueenie and Dollbaby know most of Fannie's secrets and moods and slowly reveal them to Ibby until she finally has clearer picture of who Fannie is and what is at the root of her instability You will most likely begin to piece together the truth about Ibby's family as time passes on but ultimately this is a story of friendship love and family The writing could have been a lot cohesive and the outline needed some work However at the core the story is solid it just lacks a smoothness to it and could use a little shine and polish However the story itself overrode any writing issues I had some mixed emotions about some parts of the story but the south had it's own way of handling things back in the day and Fannie and ueenie especially ueenie took an unorthodox approach in what was most certainly a no win situation I still wondered at some of the ramifications of Fannie's story but can't really dissect it in this review without giving too much away I think the story is though provoking atmospheric sad yet ultimately the truth as harsh as may have been really showed that love transcends all manner of obstacles especially with family Forgiveness acceptance and peace often comes at a high price and all the women in the story made sacrifices in order to do what they felt was right or for the best We may not agree with all their choices but I did find them to be strong and inspirational in the face of much tragedy and difficult times Overall I still feel somewhat conflicted by this book but any story that keeps me thinking about it long after I have turned the last page means it left an impression I have struggled with how I wanted to rate the book especially with some of the writing issues I mentioned but I think the story is about average so this one gets 4 stars


  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 father passed away so her mother could have some time to herself Ibby had never seen her grandmother before nor had she known about her until a week before this move Ibby was frightened especially since she heard stories about her strict grandmother from her motherIbby met ueenie and Doll before meeting her grandmother ueenie and Doll are the staff in Grandmother Fannie's house They are very loving and caring and huddle around Ibby and take good care of her when Fannie can’t The characters in DOLLBABY were ones I fell in love with along with Ibby whose real name was Liberty Bell Ibby was an understandably sad young lady for a twelve year old with a heartbreaking storyueenie and Doll were warmhearted Fannie was rough on the outside but loving on the inside with a past that was kept secret as well as a few other secrets that made the ending superb Birdelia was sweet even though she was kept out of sight most of the time and had a story of her own Welljust about every character had a story that was kept under wrapsIf you love Southern fiction with a Gone With The Wind feeling you will love DOLLBABY We the reader follow Fannie Ibby ueenie Doll and Birdelia in their day to day activities during the time of The Civil Rights MovementDOLLBABY is an engaging beautiful debut novel with amazing description terrific authentic characters and a true to life storyline The cover itself will pull you in and will keep you reading Historical fiction fans and fans of family sagas will not want to put DOLLBABY down and will miss the characters when the book ends The ending was filled with revelations and proves family is everything even though they might have secretsAdd DOLLBABY to your reading list this summer I know you will love it too It is going to be a favorite read for this year The characters are what made DOLLBABY specialI truly enjoyed this book I hope you can read it too 55This book was given to me free of charge and without compensation by the publisher in return for an honest review


  8. says:

    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


  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 drawn comparisons to The Help But the writing is very awkward most of the background information is revealed through dialogue and the concept of exposition is ignored completely in favor of offering explanations after the fact and the characters barely rise above cliche Not for me


  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 loved this book Loved The story has the magic of Alice Hoffman Sarah Addison Allen Rebecca Wells and Mildred Taylor all rolled up into one I also thought about the older movie version of Steel Magnolias while I read this book not because of similar plot lines or characters but because of the way the story feels as it's being told I think another reason this story made me think of Steel Magnolias so much is because I would love to see this book become a movie I'm so glad I received a free advanced copy of this book from GoodReads First Reads in exchange for a review I had allotted four days to read this book reading a uarter of the book per day but I was so into the story that I carried the book around with me and read whenever I found a spare minute I finished the book in three days I look forward to reading future works from Laura Lane McNeal


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