The Wiregrass by Pam Webber
The Wiregrass by Pam Webber is a coming of age story written about a time when small towns were safe, neighbors were friends, and kids could wander around after dark safely. However, this was also a time when evil deeds of men were not spoken about publicly or even whispered about softly. When innocence was taken, it was taken brutally.
Nettie, Lil’Bit, Sharon, J.D., Sam, and Eric are all cousins who spend the summer with their granny and Ain’t Pitty in Crystal Springs, Alabama. As is usual for these mischievous cousins they have their way of bringing a small amount of justice to their world with innocent TP’in and other small pranks. The cousins love their summers for the freedom and love they have for one another and their family. However, the grown up world intrudes forcing the children to grow up quickly and discover their actions have consequences and they must find the courage within themselves to save one another and their friend.
The Wiregrass is about a time that many will never experience except through reading. Webber does an excellent job at providing detailed descriptions and emotions placing the reader smack dab in middle this gripping tale.
“In a few weeks our feet would have some summer toughness, but until then we would need flip-flops, amazing pieces of rubber that provided air-conditioned protection for our feet and sound effects with each step.”
Webber captures the authenticity of the time in speech, beliefs and actions and communicates them effectively. Each character is lovingly developed connecting with the reader as the well-developed plot plays out. There is so much packed in this book, many will think about this well after reading it. It is a classic coming of age but with twists and connections that one cannot help but love.
One poignant phrase, more than any other will be sure to come back to mind time and time again: “No matter what, choose happy.” This one message among many, Webber chooses to remind us that we have the power to choose.
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WordsAPlenty gives this book a 5 star review!
The Wiregrass is a coming of age novel about an innocent young woman who is forced to come to grips with evil stalking the beautiful place and people she loves.
Through the main character’s romantic encounter, we meet a young man who is harboring a dark and dangerous secret that eventually has Nettie and those she loves running for their lives.
Set in 1969, the story uses the uniqueness of the Southern Wiregrass region to support engaging characters as they take the reader on a roller coaster ride of lingering emotions,
from laugh out loud funny to soul crushing sadness.
Pam Webber is the author of a nursing textbook and numerous published articles. In 2001, she was featured in the journal Nursing and Health Care Perspectives.
Pam resides in Virginia with her husband. The Wiregrass is her first novel.
The book’s website is www.thewiregrass.com.
The author’s biography is at http://pamwebber.com/about.
Read an excerpt at http://pamwebber.com/books/the-wiregrass/excerpt.
Stephanie Barko, Literary Publicist