Alexandra Allred is a new author to me. I downloaded her book from Netgalley because the cover caught my attention (being truthful!) and because the summary seemed interesting to me.
Then I forgot about it.
For at least 2 months. :-/
One day, I received an email from someone asking if I would be willing to review the book for her Book Blog Tour. Since I had intended on reading the book eventually, I was interested. If it ended up being a well-written, engaging book, then definitely I would want to promote this new-to-me-and-maybe-you author. I acknowledge that writing is a hard process, and have great respect for those who choose that as their living. It would be scary to me to have my livelihood depend on the whims of readers. Frequently, well-written, good literature does not equal best seller lists and accolades. Sometimes it\’s crap or drawn-out cash cows. *cough* 50 Shades of Twilight with Alex Cross *cough*
White Trash is not the latter. White Trash is a book that I would buy – and I would pay full price!
The main character of the story is Thia Franks, but the story is not entirely from her point of view. She helps create the backdrop for you (small town Granby, Texas) and we follow her journey throughout the story. However, we also get the POV from someone whose identity is hidden for a long time (doesn\’t FEEL long) as well as some other meaningful characters who have interesting, and sometimes disturbing, tales to add to the book. The author adds in several of the \”locals\” with their quirks and quips, to make for a very enjoyable read. Two of the police officers and their rapport is entertainment dribbled throughout the book. When the book ended – and WOW, what a surprise ending! – I am left wanting to visit with all of the characters again.
The focale point of the book is a murder that occurs in this small town; but perpertrated by whom? The reader takes the journey of searching and investigating to find the identity of the killer. In itself, the murder mystery would have been interesting enough to justify the read. What brings this book to a level higher is the reader\’s prompted analysis of the prejudices, and behaviours stemming from them, by the town residents. We can\’t help but think of our own neighbourhood to see who fills the roles of the characters we see on the pages.
If you are in the market for a book to read today, or for one to add to your To Be Read (TBR) pile, White Trash needs to be the one you get. You won\’t be disappointed.
White Trash Summary
It all started when someone called an African American toddler \”cute little niglet.\” White Trash was created in tribute to this unknown child. It has a hilarious cast and shocking storyline based on real people and true events in a small rural town in Texas.
When Thia Franks returns to her home of Granby, Texas, the very place to which she’d vowed never to return, Granby’s worst and best elements force the new single mother to face both her past and her destiny. At first, it seems that nothing has changed: Chester Kennedy’s goats continue to run rampant through the town, Officer Tina Wolfe stands accused of racial profiling the growing Hispanic community, Thia’s gun-wielding neighbor believes a squirrel has it in for her, and the town’s local newspaper owner prints only what she believes the citizens should know. But when a young black man — an upstanding and popular citizen of the small, east-central Texas town — is brutally murdered, everything changes. Everyone is being watched. Everyone is being judged.
White Trash is a fast-paced, laugh-out-loud book that also serves as a bitter social commentary on American hypocrisies and prejudices. As Thia Franks comes to terms with the murder, and the small police department works the biggest whodunit in Granby history, a startling underworld of domestic abuse, gunrunning, drug use, illicit sex, and child molestation is revealed. While the murder is horrendous and some of the citizens of Granby are appalling, many stand up for what is right, and the total package is endearing. You’ll want to read White Trash more than once in order to capture all of the tale\’s insights, as it neatly summarizes the reality of every American small town peopled with neighbors you can’t get away from, you can’t stop talking about, and you may not want to leave.
Alexandra Allred\’s writing career began following a stint on the US women\’s bobsled team. After being named \”Athlete of the Year\” by the United States Olympic Committee, she became an adventure writer. While writing for a variety of national publications, she test drove the Volvo Gravity Car, donned a dog attack suit, played professional women\’s football, and even outran a beefalo mix (that’s a buffalo/cow mix to you city folk).
She turned to fiction writing using her rural Texas homestead as fodder for storytelling. When not writing, she lobbies for healthy children. Allred lives outside Dallas, Texas, with her husband, children, and a plethora of animals.
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White Trash was available for preorder on iTunes and The Writer\’s Coffee Shop website.
White Trash became available on Amazon.ca (and Amazon.com), B&N.com, and Kobo on June 6, 2013.
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