Going Down South

From the author of The Middle Sister comes a heartwarming tale of second chances and the unparalleled love between mothers and daughters.When fifteen year old Olivia Jean finds herself in the family way, her mother, Daisy, who has never been very maternal, springs into action Daisy decides that Olivia Jean can t stay in New York and whisks her away to her grandmother sFrom the author of The Middle Sister comes a heartwarming tale of second chances and the unparalleled love between mothers and daughters.When fifteen year old Olivia Jean finds herself in the family way, her mother, Daisy, who has never been very maternal, springs into action Daisy decides that Olivia Jean can t stay in New York and whisks her away to her grandmother s farm in Alabama to have the baby even though Daisy and her mother, Birdie, have been estranged for years When they arrive, Birdie lays down the law Sure, her granddaughter can stay, but Daisy will have to stay as well Though Daisy is furious, she has no choice Now, under one little roof in the 1960s Deep South, three generations of spirited, proud women are forced to live together One by one, they begin to lose their inhibitions and share their secrets And as long guarded truths emerge, a baby is born a child with the power to turn these virtual strangers into a real, honest to goodness family.
Going Down South From the author of The Middle Sister comes a heartwarming tale of second chances and the unparalleled love between mothers and daughters When fifteen year old Olivia Jean finds herself in the family w

  • Title: Going Down South
  • Author: Bonnie Glover
  • ISBN: 9780345480910
  • Page: 356
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Going Down South”

    1. All right - it is hard not to feel like a parent of a new child when you are getting ready to introduce a book to the public that you have written. Hey, I'm a mom again!In the writing of this book I have learned a great many things, some of them very personal. But two things, I'll share: Life goes on despite every hurt that dwells inside of your heart and if it weren't for literacy, both reading and writing, I don't know what I would do with myself.

    2. This story about three generations of African American women is tender and real and funny and heartbreaking. My favorite kind of novels are the ones that offer insight into complex human relationships, and this one delivers. I promise you'll love it. Also, I highly recommend it for book clubs.

    3. I read this to complete the Reading Women Challenge 2018's challenge #3: A book set in the American SouthThis was such a heartwarming, sweet generational story about Mama Birdie, Daisy, and Olivia Jean. Separated by secrets and unloving men, they start to remember what's really important to them when Daisy drives Olivia Jean down to Cold Water Springs, Alabama, to live with Birdie for the remainder of her hidden pregnancy. It's set in the 1960s and Glover doesn't shy away from any of the hard to [...]

    4. Going Down South is one of my favorite books this year. I really enjoyed it. This story is about three generations of women in a family-Birdie, Daisy and Olivia Jean-all head strong and stubborn in their own way. It's such a strong story about the connections between mothers and daughters-the good, the bad, and the stuff that ultimately keeps you together. It's set in the South in the 60's and touches on so many issues: color, teen pregnancy, and relationships. The story is told from the point o [...]

    5. This is a reading-group book. You can tell because it's about mothers and daughters, because it has race- and gender-based complications, and because it has Reading Group Questions at the back. Unfortunately, I don't think I found it as edifying as I was supposed to. Going Down South has a solid sense of time and place and culture, even while jumping around between them, but is weaker in plot and characterization, which make that sense of the settings more difficult to appreciate and learn from. [...]

    6. RATING: 4.5 out of 5Reading Going Down South, was like going back in time in more ways than one. There was a period of time in my reading life when I became quite immersed in the reading of African American women authors. It seemed like the more I read, the more I wanted to read. One author led to another as I would read interviews or reviews as well as books. Alice Walker and Toni Morrison novels, J. California Cooper novels and short story collections. Tina McElroy Ansa, and of course, Zora N [...]

    7. Going Down South just blew me away. This is the story of three ordinary yet extraordinary women, Grandma Birdie, her daughter Daisy and her 15 year old granddaughter Olivia Jean who come to live in Cold Water Springs, Alabama. Ms. Glover has created an amazing cast of characters in this beautiful story of forgiveness. The dialogue is so amazingly genuine, offering a glimpse of a culture through conversations that are honest and rarely seen in literature. You can t get closer to real life than th [...]

    8. Reviewed by hoopsielv for TeensReadTooThis is a story of women spanning three different generations.Olivia Jean is the apple of her daddy's eye and is praised by her mama for her good grades. Now, she's pregnant at fifteen.Her parents, Daisy and Turk, decide it's best for her to go down south and live with her grandma, Birdie, to hide their shame. Birdie isn't going to make it that easy, though. She gives them the ultimatum that Olivia Jean is welcome to stay, but only if Daisy stays, as well.Da [...]

    9. Most reviews I've seen call it "wonderful" and a great book for and about mothers and daughters. It's meant to be a thought-provoking, coming of age, multi-generational book. A young girl becomes pregnant and her mother takes her down south to her grandmother's home. Mom and grandma are somewhat estranged, mom and daughter are somewhat estranged. Most of the men are losers. Secrets are shared and ideally everyone comes together at the end.I couldn't even finish it. I didn't care about the charac [...]

    10. 3 generations of women come together and discover a lot about themselves and their familt history. Set in 1960's Alabama with flashbacks to earlier times. Well written and heart warming.

    11. OMG I was not expecting this book to be soooo good! I loved it! Very relatable. I loved Birdie! Empathized with all the female characters.Such a great book!

    12. This is a reading-group book. You can tell because it's about mothers and daughters, because it has race- and gender-based complications, and because it has Reading Group Questions at the back. Unfortunately, I don't think I found it as edifying as I was supposed to. Going Down South has a solid sense of time and place and culture, even while jumping around between them, but is weaker in plot and characterization, which make that sense of the settings more difficult to appreciate and learn from. [...]

    13. Hard Secrets, Hard ChoicesI loved this book though I didn't think I would when I began reading. The characters are very strongly drawn and using the youngest character to begin the story was magic. I found myself wanting to know how her issues would work out m; then there came strutting along another issue which even made me angry! Daisy and Birdie are formidable women who traveled, literally, through mud to forge a bond that is lasting. I am so happy to have read this novel!

    14. Going Down South by Bonnie J. GloverGoing Down South is the story of three generations of women with three generations worth of secrets. Birdie the matriarch of the family is a blue-black woman with a questionable background. Birdie’s daughter Daisy, left Alabama at an early age never to return again, or so she thought. Olivia Jean, Daisy’s daughter changed that with the realization that she is pregnant at 15. Daisy decides that she and her husband, Turk will take Olivia Jean to live with Bi [...]

    15. The time is early 1960's and fifteen-year-old Olivia Jean mistakes sex for love and becomes pregnant. Her mother, Daisy, and her father, Turk, decide to take Olivia Jean to live with her grandmother, Birdie, who lives in Cold Water Springs, Alabama until the baby is born and they can return her to New York. But, when they arrive, Birdie says that she will agree to their plans only if Daisy stays as well. Now, these three generations are forced to live together, share their secrets and hurts, and [...]

    16. (FROM JACKET)When fifteen-year-old Olivia Jean finds herself in the "family way", her mother, Daisy, who has never been very maternal, springs into action. Daisy decides that Olivia Jean can't stay in New York and whisks her away to her grandmother's farm in Alabama to have the baby-even though Daisy and her mother, Birdie, have been estranged for years. When they arrive, Birdie lays down the law: Sure, her granddaughter can stay, but Daisy will have to stay as well. Though Daisy is furious, she [...]

    17. "Going Down South" is an engaging novel about the relationships, and the way these relationships change over time and with life-changing events, among three generations of African-American women in the 60's. I thought the author, Bonnie Glover, did a nice job capturing these women's personalities and explaining the motives for their behavior. I was a little disappointed with the way the author had the young girl Olivia Jean choose to continue her unintended pregnancy with little thought to how s [...]

    18. Going Down South is a delightful read about real women, flaws and all. Glover expertly weaves numerous weighty issues (teenage pregnancy, racism, abortion, rape, infidelity, interracial marriage) into a story that primarily is about the bonds between mothers and daughters. She shows how we might not live our lives perfectly, we might even hurt one another, but there always is room for love, forgiveness, and another chance to make things right.Full review on Diary of an Eccentric

    19. Going Down South is a story of redemption. Each woman in the story has their own "cross", but the bad deeds of the past doesn't stop them from uniting as a family. The ties that bind are so important--maybe with the baby being a boy that is a sign of no more hurt. Reading this book reminded me that it's not about where you start in life, it's how you utilize your time. Progress happens when you forgive, love yourself; not necessarily when you find a significant other.

    20. Going Down South’s sentences, and therefore flow, is very staccato — short, choppy, rough, and jerky. The narrative also jumped around quite a bit, and there wasn’t a single character I cared about, and none of them, even Olivia Jean, stirred any feelings in what so every. I found reading it to be a very grating experience.

    21. A well-written book, set in 1960 in New York and Alabama. Briefly, the plot revolves on the plight of a pregnant 15-year-old and her mother, when they travel down south to stay with the mother's mother to wait--and hide--the birth. The settings feel true, and the segregated era feel spot-on. Excellent, well-fleshed characters, with three generations of unique and strong women.

    22. Good coming-of-age novel. I could relate to the idea of "going home" down south to visit family and to embrace a slower, less complicated - but not more moral - way of life. A lot of family and small town secrets are revealed when the family returns South. I loved the humor, family traditions, and descriptions of small-town, rural life.

    23. Strong characters drive the plot of this delightful novel. Three generations of strong women, each strong in a different way, interact and learn about the corrosive power of secrets. The male characters are perhaps a little stereotypical, but in the service of the plot that is understandable and as it should be. The evocations of time and place are poignant and ring true. A home run from Glover.

    24. This is a good summer read. Packing the unwed mother off to Grandam in Alabama in the 1960's is not an uncommon topic but the author tells the story from the viewpoint of an African American family with an interesting story for grandma and mother so it rises above the mundane. Very enjoyable.

    25. This story of 3 generations of women and how their secrets have impacted their lives is an interesting read, with well developed characters. The story begins in New York and moves to a tiny town in Alabama and the life stories reflect the issues of the times.

    26. A heart warming and heart wrenching story about being a girl, mother and granddaughter. The secrets in one family continue to impact suceeding generations of women until the last shoe is dropped and everyone is forced to confront themselves and their actions.

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