Billy (BookRags) | Literature Criticism Critical Review by Donna Seaman

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Critical Review by Donna Seaman

SOURCE: A review of Billy, in Booklist, Vol. 90, No. 3, October 1, 1993, p. 254.

[In the review below, Seaman hails Billy for its power and strong narrative voice.]

This stunning first novel [Billy] seems to have sprung full-blown from the red dirt of the land it portrays, hot and dusty rural Mississippi circa 1937. It's a blazing summer Saturday, and the black folks in Banes are happy not to be laboring in the fields. Billy Lee Turner, 10 years old and as mysterious and independent as his beautifully golden and regal mother Cinder, convinces his friend Gumpy to cross the railroad bridge that separates the black neighborhood from the homes of the whites. The boys can't resist wading in the cool pond on the Pasko property and are terrified when Lori, 15, red-haired, mean, and powerful, and her friend Jenny sneak up on them and beat...

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