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Children that talk out of turn irk me, so initially it was difficult for me to get into Mourner s Bench Told from the point of view of 8 year old Sarah Jones, it s the story of the civil rights movements arrival in small town Maeby, Arkansas At the center of the movement is Sarah s mother, Esther, with whom Sarah is on a first name basis Like I said, children that talk out of turn and don t know their place aggravate me.Sarah is an old woman in an 8 year old s body At a time when she should be outside playing and living carefree, she sconcerned with getting off of the mourner s bench at revival Mind you, she put herself there, but she felt it was time, given who her mother was For those not familiar with the mourner s bench, it s where people who ve not yet been baptized but feel they re close to getting a sign that it s their time sit during church or revival In some churches, it s believed that parents are responsible for their children s sins until they turn 13 Esther s big city ways keep her on church prayer lists all around Maeby Figuring Esther has enough sins to carry, Sarah is determined to get her religion so she can become responsible for her own sins Left behind by Esther when she went off to Chicago, Sarah lives with her grandmother, Muhdea, and great grandmother, Granny, along with a host of young cousins left behind by their parents to be raised by their older relatives Her close relationship with Granny is a big factor in Sarah s life Her disrespect of her mother is in part due to her relationship with Muhdea While neither Muhdea or Granny cottons to Esther s idea of integrating the local schools, and using Sarah to do so, it s their dismissal of Esther s opinions that lead Sarah to think she can speak to her mother any kind of way.There are enough plot twists and revelations to keep the book interesting, but there was also enough to call the story line into question I had a hard time believing that adults would allow two 8 years to go house to house signing up black potential voters in 1960s Arkansas, especially when the threat of the local authority loomed so heavily over them Having had grandmothers from the South, I also found it hard to believe that either of my grandmothers would have tolerated any sass that way Muhdea and Granny did, and they certainly wouldn t have encouraged me to go against my mother so blatantly At almost 400 pages, Mourner s Bench is a decent read, but it takes far too long to get to the meat of the story That being said, it s a decent debut novel from Faye and I d definitely give her work another try in the future. A phenomenal debut novel that seamlessly blends research with narrative I learned so much about the Civil Rights movement from this book, but the narrative was so compelling it never felt didactic I also had the privilege of hearing the author give a reading from the book and she is a spellbinding reader and speaker Highly recommend An important story, well told Mourners Bench takes readers inside the early days of the civil rights movement by showing how residents of a small Arkansas town respond in the wake of mandated school integration and the marches led by Martin Luther King, Jr The details of life in that town are rendered vividly and provide a rich backdrop for the action of the novel the return of Esther who intends to take up where the town s aging activists are getting ready to leave off The story is told by the eight year old daughter of Esther., Sarah, who is an old soul despite her age This makes for wonderful moments and a unique take on major events The choice to use such a young narrator , however, also created challenges from time to time especially because she had to provide lots of background that a child would not necessarily do on the course of telling a story I loved her though I loved watching her move from suspicion and resentment where Esther was concerned to understanding of what her mother was trying to do And choosing Sarah to tell the story makes this story attractive to both young and adult readers Mourner s Bench shows the struggles within the town s black community Change is feared and resisted for reasons the writer makes perfectly clear The first two thirds of the book seem to focuson the details of daily life and this resistance while the final third moves intodramatic confrontations that lead to an ending that is really just the beginning for Sarah I would have liked to get to these later parts a bit sooner but this is a quibble The book is a wonderful read with lots to say Great for all ages and great for discussion. I won this book on GoodreadsThis is a very interesting book I highly recommend this book to everyone Take the time to read it you won t be sorry I received an advance readers copy before the book was released The story is set in the south and the author moves effortlessly through the story drawing you in and making you feel like you are there This is a book I will read many times It is the kind of story that stays with you long after the last page is read ( Read ) ☳ Mourner's Bench ⚖ At The First Baptist Church Of Maeby, Arkansas, The Sins Of The Child Belonged To The Parents Until The Child Turned Thirteen Sarah Jones Was Only Eight Years Old In The Summer Of , But With Her Mother Esther Mae On Eight Prayer Lists And Flipping Around Town With The Generally Mistrusted Civil Rights Organizers, Sarah Believed It Was Time To Get Baptized And Take Responsibility For Her Own Sins That Would Mean Sitting On The Mourner S Bench Come Revival, Waiting For Her Sign, And Then Testifying In Front Of The Whole ChurchBut First, Sarah Would Need To Navigate The Growing Tensions Of Small Town Arkansas In The S Both Smarter And Serious Than Her Years A Fifty Year Old Mind In An Eight Year Old Body, According To Esther , Sarah Was Torn Between The Traditions, Religion, And Work Ethic Of Her Community And The Progressive Civil Rights And Feminist Politics Of Her Mother, Who Had Recently Returned From Art School In Chicago When Organizers From The Student Non Violent Coordinating Committee SNCC Came To Town Just As The Revival Was Beginning, Sarah Couldn T Help But Be Caught Up In The Turmoil Most Folks Just Wanted To Keep The Peace, And Reverend Jefferson Called The SNCC Organizers The Evil Among Us But Her Mother, Along With Local Civil Rights Activist Carrie Dilworth, The SNCC Organizers, Daisy Bates, Attorney John Walker, And Indeed Most Of The Country, Seemed Determined To Push Maeby Toward IntegrationWith Characters As Vibrant And Evocative As Their Setting, Mourner S Bench Is The Story Of A Young Girl Coming To Terms With Religion, Racism, And Feminism While Also Navigating The Terrain Of Early Adolescence And Trying To Settle Into Her Place In Her Family And Community This is the author s first book One of the reasons I wanted to read this book was that a friend of mine was reading it with a local book club The other reason I wanted to read this book was that the author is a local writer There was a lot of detail within this read I thought the author did a good job portraying the characters, their life in the turbulent racial 60 s, and what life entailed in rural Arkansas at that time I have never heard of chairs where you sit in the front of the church until you get saved This was a hard concept for me to understand It is almost like someone forcing you to get religion I do understand that there was a lot of injustice done to the black community back in the day That is very sad and hard for me to read Here is a look at desegregation from a grade schooler s point of viewShe lives in the country outside of Little Rock being raised by her maternal grandmother in a poor but supportive place Her issues begin with wanting to be baptized to being one one of the children selected to march into a white school to make a difference Her mom is off doing thingsThe civil rights unrest comes to her rural town after we have been introduced to The characters, the issues, the methods.The people involved are intense, driven, planful, and readyWell writtenVery interesting The story of Sarah getting her religion never really grabbed hold of me and pulled me into her world A majority of the book focus on integrating the white school in town and only at the end do we get back to Sarah and her religion theme To me the ending was anti climatic It didn t affect me one way or the other The book was well written and I have nothing about that, but it really didn t draw me into her world and keep me entertained. I write short reviews, because long reviews I usually skip over The research is exceptional, the descriptive scenes at times way too long The ending disjointed and hurried, but I still give it a 4 because you can picture the town, the people, the stores, the feelings. This is where the struggle was carried onThe historical story told through a young girls eyes, much like scout The writing had me sweetimg and swatting mosquitos right along with the charactets.