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  • Hardcover
  • 337
  • Dollbaby
  • Laura Lane McNeal
  • English
  • 01 January 2018
  • 9780670014736

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

  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 at

  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

  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

  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 excep

  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 especi

  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 th

  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 informat

  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 Stee

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Laura Lane McNeal Á 4 review

Dollbaby

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?. 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

Download Ø PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook Á Laura Lane McNeal

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. 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

review Dollbaby

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


About the Author: Laura Lane McNeal

After receiving two undergraduate degrees from Southern Methodist University a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Bachelor of Business Administration she went on to earn an MBA from Tulane University She spent most of her career in advertising working for firms in New York and Dallas before returning to New Orleans where she started her own marketing consulting firm and became a free lance writer a