Some people found Knot s personality tiresome and grating but I absolutely loved her I found the issues she faced then just as relevant today and that makes this book truly timeless loved her I found the issues she faced then just as relevant today and that makes this book truly timeless relationship with her neighbor Otis "LEE WAS SOMETHING SPECIAL I ENJOYED HIS SOFT SPOT " was something special I njoyed his soft spot her and how the complexities of their relationship gave them comfort during troubling times In this community the love they had for one another always came through in the nd despite the hurt or feelings of resentment that materializedI can t wait to read the next book from Mr Winslow as this was truly something specialThanks to the Buffalo Public Library for my copy to readReview Date 61519Publication Date 6419 Why you so set on bein lonely Knot Otis Lee Loving Knot s best friend and neighbor asks the uestion but I m not sure I ver found an answer here and I m not sure that Knot knew the answer herself But she does know nough about herself to make decisions that we may not agree with but are better for some like the two babies she gives up I woulda kept that child if I didn t care bout her Azalea Centre known as Knot is a teacher living in a small place called West Mills in NC in a shack with her moonshine and her books She is living her life on her own terms spending. Path to redemption in the chaos Knot brings to his doorstep But while he’s busy trying to fix Knot’s life Otis Lee finds himself powerless to repair the many troubles within his own family as the long buried secrets of his troubled past begin to come to lightSet in an African American community in rural North Carolina from 1941 to 1987 In West Mills is a magnificent big hearted small town story about family friendship storytelling and the redemptive power of love. My rating is 45 stars uick thoughtsI was hoping the nd wouldn t lose me and it did I just knew I was confused and there were pages to turn ugh However I am funny about ndings Especially when I feel like I ve been hiking up a steep mountain for weeks see the top is near start running to only realize that I have only two steps to get there and fall right off I think that made sense of how I m feeling This book is one of a kind and I highly recommend I doubt you ll be disappointed I love so many of these characters I m sure they ll be with me many of characters I m sure they ll
BE WITH UITE SOME TIMETHANK with me uite some timeThank to Edelweiss and Bloomsbury Publishing for the opportunity to read this title In West Mills is not a debut novel It can t be From the first line of the novel I knew I was in for a Southern adventure What I didn t anticipate was the familiarity of the journey Azalea Knot Centre is the woman other women hate and the woman men slap their thighs in tribute and regret as she passes Even her arrival in West Mills left one citizen off kilter for years This is the magic of De Shawn Charles Winslow s storytelling nothing about Knot is common or predictable Her people her interests and her destiny seem one way but Winslow carefully peels the layers of her truth in astonishing brevity Hi. For readers of The Twelve Tribes of Hattie and The Turner House an intimately told story about a woman living by her own rules and the rural community that struggles to understand herAzalea “Knot” Centre is determined to live life as she pleases Let the people of West Mills say what they will; the neighbors’ gossip won’t keep Knot from what she loves best cheap moonshine nineteenth century literature and the company of men And yet Knot is starting to learn th. S word conomy is outrageous Few words but powerful imagery Spanning from the 1940 s to the 1980 s Winslow ffortlessly captures traditions and sayings of small town America The community s indifference toward Knot is buffered by her neighbor Otis Lee Loving They are a platonic dynamic duo facing misconceptions and heartache one decade at a time I have recommended this book to my friends and will continue to do
*so it is *It is breath taking novel that deserves time on the big screen What a debut Everyone should put De Shawn Charles Winslow on their list of authors to watchThis wasn t on my radar at all but Buzzfeed listed this as a must read for summer AND THE SHORT SYNOPSIS WAS ALL I NEEDED TO the short synopsis was all I needed to me It was a delightful read a shorter one too that was simply just such a feel good book Feel good not because the characters had it asy they most certainly didn t but it was like coming home when I opened it Conflict in Blood each time Azalea Centre known as Knot is a woman not of her time She doesn t feel the need to have a husband do the whole housewife thing and fall into line She much prefers drinking being sassy and reading her books It follows her life and those of her closest neighbors in the small town of West Mills NC from thearly 40s up until the late 80s. At her freedom comes at a high price Alone in her one room shack ostracized from her relatives and cut off from her hometown Knot turns to her neighbor Otis Lee Loving in search of some semblance of family and home Otis Lee is ager to help A lifelong fixer Otis Lee is determined to steer his friends and family away from decisions that will cause them heartache and ridicule After his failed attempt as a teenager to help his older sister Otis Lee discovers a possible.