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There are twists and turns, and Blanche has to really pry to get any information. It seems the place may consider itself to be part of the New South, but not much has really changed in the relationship between the blacks and whites. The information she is able to uncover and the reactions among the white community lead to unexpected results, for Blanche, her investigation and the people she is investigating.
Jul 30, SL Gibson rated it really liked it. Blanche has become like a friend, and I am already missing her company. Barbara Neely writes in a way which makes you listen to the wisdom of her character Blanche White, by the end of every book it just feels as if you learnt something without even knowing it. Some authors pull the "in my opinion" off very badly, but not so for Barbara Neely.
I have read and loved all the Blanche White series, and have definitely enjoyed the journey of each one. In Blanche Passes Go, she returns to her home tow Blanche has become like a friend, and I am already missing her company. In Blanche Passes Go, she returns to her home town and tries to find her heart - the plots twists, and is packed full of fun I have a few lol moments , sadness, love and discovery.
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May 14, C. Drew rated it it was amazing. I like Barbara Neely's writing Blanche White is a fully fleshed out character. She thinks, acts, lives and cares for characters she loves, ignores and tolerates those who stretch her last nerve and she manages to be part of the villian's comeuppance. I have recommended the Blanche White series to my nearest and dearest as a unique voice that should be heard. My own copies of the series are liberally underlined and often quoted, actions I rarely undertake without being moved and intrigued by excell I like Barbara Neely's writing Blanche White is a fully fleshed out character.
My own copies of the series are liberally underlined and often quoted, actions I rarely undertake without being moved and intrigued by excellence in writing. Neely just gets better and better. Dec 16, Alice Benson rated it really liked it. This is a good book, unfortunately, the final in the series. I read the first two years ago, and found this in a used bookstore, just recently. It's a little dated, but very good. The mystery is good, but the best part is Blanche.
She's such a compelling character; it's fascinating to see the world through her eyes. I'd love to read more of her stories. Jul 24, Donna Davis rated it it was amazing Shelves: Bernie Sanders, the candidate who fancies himself the liberal savior for all progressive-minded Americans, spoke here in Seattle that day. The purpose of his talk, apart from campaigning and fundraising, was to celebrate the birthday of Social Security.
The speech was disrupted by a pair of African-American women who took exception to his myopia.
Neely approaches issues of race, class, and gender in a way that is clear but not unkind. My great thanks go to them and the people at Net Galley for providing me with a DRC, and to Neely for laying it all out so that anybody who has a willing heart can get the picture. In this fourth Blanche White mystery, Blanche has gone home to Farleigh, North Carolina for a vacation, and to try partnering a catering business with her best friend, Ardell.
She never reported it, of course; were they really going to haul the well-heeled, powerful white man for a sperm sample, given the long history of Caucasian men raping Black women with impunity? So when her long-simmering rage is ignited by the sight of him, she vows to not only get mad, but to get even as well.
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Blanche White novels always have multiple threads that weave in and out of the plot line, but this is the most complex and impressive yet. Not only does Blanche have to grapple with Farleigh and Palmer, she is back in her home town, and her mama is still here. Like many women, Blanche has hit middle age and menopause with a renewed, powerful yearning to know more about her mama, who never stops talking but never gives away the personal information Blanche is almost begging for, and about her father, about whom virtually nothing has been told her.
Blanche decides that once a person has children, their privacy is no longer as sacred as it was before, and a lot of personal information becomes family property. I threw back my head and laughed out loud. Here, she meets a fine man named Thelvin on the Amtrak coming into Farleigh, and at some point, she has to decide just how flexible or inflexible she is going to be. This aspect of the story, like the others, is skillfully crafted.
There is still that division of white privilege. Because all of these components are told in the third person omniscient, and because the writer is a complete badass, we are privy to all the intricacies involved. Add a problem with domestic abuse next door to the Miz Alice where Blanche is staying, and you have an interesting stew indeedy.
I always felt that way about the South, that beneath the smiles and southern hospitality and politeness were a lot of guns and liquor and secrets. Of course, they still occasionally named their sons Braxton and Zebulon, in honor of their Confederate slaver ancestors. And when pretty much the first thing Blanche sees when she returns to Farleigh, North Carolina is one of the privileged white trying to rape a black catering waitress in the family mansion, Blanche knows one thing. It is time to come home, to work with her childhood friend Ardell in her catering business, Carolina Catering.
So, Blanche is back. And whom should she run into but David Palmer — the rich, entitled, knife wielding rapist. And all the pain and humiliation, the terror and boiling rage, come slamming back. Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder on steroids. But surely her Ancestors will point the way.
And then, the possibility for payback falls right into her lap. But sometimes, payback is a bitch. A deadly, cruel bitch with a wicked sense of humour. But once I finally sat down and started reading, I discovered something. This is a really, really good book.
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Fifty years old, blue-black, size-sixteen and going gray, Blanch is one tough cookie. Someone I would love to emulate in my own life. She has had it far from easy in her life, but she keeps going, keeps moving, keeps doing what she wants no matter what anyone else says.
That is something to admire, an attitude to strive for. This is apparently the fifth of the Blanche White Mystery Series, and I will be adding the others to my teetering piles of to-be-read. I received Blanche Passes Go from the publisher and Netgalley in exchange for a realistic review. All thoughts are my own. Love the sociological commentary through the vehicle of a mystery. Sad to read the last in this series. I feel you Blanche!
Aug 06, Elsi rated it liked it Shelves: As Blanche Passes Go begins, the kids have taken on summer jobs and Blanche is traveling back home to Farleigh, to help her best friend Ardell in her new catering business. Returning home is not all pleasure, however, since she's bound to run across her former lover and his new wife.
And, she's dreading the possibility of coming face-to-face with the rich white man who raped her so many years ago. The publisher's blurb above will tell you about what happens in Blanche Passes Go , so I don't ne As Blanche Passes Go begins, the kids have taken on summer jobs and Blanche is traveling back home to Farleigh, to help her best friend Ardell in her new catering business.
The publisher's blurb above will tell you about what happens in Blanche Passes Go , so I don't need to repeat the summary of the story. Instead, let me tell you my thoughts about this book. Blanche Passes Go is the fourth, and unfortunately the last, book in the Blanche White mystery series. Blanche isn't a young woman. She's had a hard life, made harder at times by the wealthy people that she works for. She's plain-spoken and tends to tell things like they are.
But Blanche is not overcome by the challenges in her life. She has been determined to live life on her own terms. After her sister's death, Blanche was charged with raising the sister's two children. As any parent of teens will attest, it's difficult keeping up with the dramatic changes as the young people reach toward adulthood.
And Blanche knows that she has an extra challenge in raising her niece and nephew amid the prejudice and racism that is rampant in the United States. She's made a good home for them in Boston, but her heart is still in North Carolina where she was raised—where her family and closest friends live. I'm a real fan of Blanche White, and terribly disappointed that there are no more books to look forward to. Barbara Neely has crafted a series with unique characters, not the stereotypes you might expect.
I highly recommend Blanche Passes Go and encourage you to read the entire—though short—series. I think you'll find much to enjoy in Blanche. I have now read all of the Blanche series. The series gives a good view of the life of African American attitudes back in the fifties and sixties. This was when segregation was in place and Blacks were not allowed into certain parts of town after evening hours.
But the series is not a primer on Black lives in America. It I have now read all of the Blanche series. It centers on a woman who is clever enough to do well for herself during these times. Back in those days we referred to them as Negroes, the term African American had not yet come into everyday vocabulary.
Yes some people many people did use the currently derogatory word. Many of the Negroes referred to some of their kind using the currently derogatory word. But set all that aside and just focus on the story. An engaging series, enjoyable reading. Barbara Neely is a gifted writer. She has managed to create a protagonist who is flawed, yet heroic; hurt, yet hopeful; and perhaps most impressive, bursts into the reader's life like a real person. I am an unabashed fan of Neely and her Blanche books.
Race is an integral element of this and Neely's other books. As a working class black woman, Blanche lives with racism every day and Neely makes prejudice and discrimination a powerful presence in each book. This particular novel centered on violen Barbara Neely is a gifted writer.