Set in Alabama, Burying the Honeysuckle Girls follows two alternating, yet connected, storylines. one point-of-view is given in 1937 by Jimm, a woman who makes and sells honeysuckle wine while taking care of her children. Her husband, Howell, is verbally and physically abusive. She becomes tempted by another man to run off with him. This temptation only grows stronger when she discovers Howell and her father planning to send her to Pritchard, the locak insane asylum.
The other point-of-view is given in 2012 by Jinn’s great-granddaughter Althea, a 29 Year Old pill addict who has recently finished a year of recovery. She returns to her father’s house only to be told that her brother, Wynn, and his wife intend to haveher hospitalized for schizophrenia, which she has yet to display symptoms of. This is due to a family history, mysteriously occurring on the thirtieth birthday of each of her maternal ancestors. Feeling there is much being hidden, Althea begins digging up information about her family’s history, a quest made more difficult by the lack of accurate information available. Worse still, she has only two weeks until her thirtieth birthday, which, if her family is correct, limits the time available for her to discover the truth.
Throughout Burying the Honeysuckle Girls, Althea’s discoveries while evading forced hospitalization and Jinn’s story weaved through it leaves you hanging on every word and wondering what piece of the puzzle will come into place next. This story kept me hooked from beginning to end. Overall, I rate Burying the Honeysuckle Girls 4 out of 5 bookworms.
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My favorite quote from this book is “shy don’t set the world on fire.” What is your favorite part or quote from the book? Let me know in the comments below!