A review by dpearson5257
Memphis, by Tara M. Stringfellow

challenging emotional inspiring reflective tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No


Mkay mkay so my thoughts on this book/story… story wise, I think the story is a good story, it’s multi-generational, multi pov, talks about grief and maneuvering thru that space of familial taboo almost. I surprisingly did appreciate the multiple timelines that we got and seeing the world thru multiple characters at their different times and also incorporating US history throughout, I really enjoyed those moments.

The execution though..not my favorite. I will say if you struggle with constant timeline hopping, you might struggle with this. There were many times I was like mkay which character is this and what year are we in, and the chapters aren’t super long so it was hard to keep up with where we were in history. I think the ending was pretty good but at the same time it just kind of ends like I think we were in the up n up of something and then it just ends. 

I think this is a decent read but nothing super standout-ish for me.

TW: rape, racism, violence, abuse within the family

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