Title: The Last Day the Dogbushes Bloomed
Author: Lee Smith

Comments: Lee Smith is one of my favorite authors. Her characters’ voices are so original and real. She portrays children especially well, and The Last Day the Dogbushes Bloomed is a perfect example of that. This story is so compelling, that of a young girl and her neighborhood friends, forming a secret society, losing innocence. Then there is her home life, and her creeping realizations that her mother is cheating on her father, that her mother has left her family, that maybe the only person who truly cares about her is the maid. All of this is told in the breathless narrative of this one little girl, spilling the details of her daily life, all mixed in with her private fantasies and fears. It’s a quick, fantastic read, and I’d recommend it to everyone!