Review: On the Occasion of My Last Afternoon

Kaye Gibbons (1998)

I enjoyed this period novel, set in the South during the Civil War. An elderly woman recalls her childhood on a Virginia plantation, the horrors of the Civil War, her perfect marriage to a Boston doctor and her imperfect relationship with a tyrannical father. This is a man who cares more for his artwork, property and trappings of social standing than he does for his family. He curses his unborn grandchildren when his daughter marries a Northerner. I loved the prose in this book and was not ready to see Emma Garnet go when I came to the end of her tale.

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