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By Mary Marcus | Comments: ( 317 ) | Date: ( Jul 17, 2019 )

Mary Jacob grew up as an anomaly A child of Louisiana in the early sixties, she found little in common with most of the people in her community and in her household, and her best friend was Lavina, the black woman who cooked and cleaned for her family Now, in the early nineties, Mary Jacob has escaped her history and established a fresh, if imperfect, life for herself inMary Jacob grew up as an anomaly A child of Louisiana in the early sixties, she found little in common with most of the people in her community and in her household, and her best friend was Lavina, the black woman who cooked and cleaned for her family Now, in the early nineties, Mary Jacob has escaped her history and established a fresh, if imperfect, life for herself in New York But when she learns of her father s critical illness, she needs to go back home To a disapproving father and a spiteful sister To a town decades out of alignment with Mary Jacob s new world To the memories of Billy Ray, Lavina s son who grew up to be a musical legend whose star burned much too bright.And to the echoes of a fateful day three decades earlier when three lives changed forever.A decades spanning story both intimate and enormous in scope, LAVINA is a novel rich in humanity, sharp in its indictments, and stunning in its resolution.


  • Title: Lavina
  • Author: Mary Marcus
  • ISBN: 9781611882018
  • Page: 490
  • Format: Hardcover

About Author:

Mary Marcus

Very Briefly.I was born and raised in Louisiana, but left for New York after graduating from Tulane I worked very hard to get rid of my southern accent, and now I wish I hadn t For many years, I worked in the advertising and fashion industries for Neiman Marcus, Vogue, Lancome, Faberge and San Rio Toys where I worked on the Hello Kitty Brand My short fiction has appeared in North Atlantic Review, Fiction, Jewish Women s Literary Journal and others.My husband, Joel Goodman and I live in Los Angeles and East Hampton, New York We have a grown son, Amos Goodman.Why I WriteReading a book has always seemed to me to be the greatest magic trick You hold an inanimate object in your hands, you look down and wham, you re transported into an entirely different reality You encounter people you know instantly and go to places you ve never been before Deep reading is a relationship of complete trust when it s really working.To say my best friends are books may be an exaggeration but my favorite books are like best friends they make me laugh, they entertain me, we have fun together, I find out appalling things, wonderful things and I m continually moved I never get sick of them and books never get sick of me unlike my human friends Books are also very low maintenance unlike people requiring no than a nice shelf and a little dusting once in a while And of course, books don t have anything else to do other than hang out with me unlike my flesh and blood friends and family who have such busy schedules.I have an electronic reader now that I like, but am just a little afraid of, that stores thousands of books and that seems to me to be both slightly sinful as well as gluttonous but in the nicest possible way When I get in bed with my electronic reader and it lights up the dark, I feel like a teenager with a flashlight.All my close friends are so called creative types consequently no one really except strangers or half acquaintances ever ask me why I became a writer I was thinking about it this morning why writing has always seemed to me to be the only thing to do other than painting or pot throwing or drawing, though I can t do any of those and that s because writing is the only form of power I really trust And doesn t involve telling other people what to do Which I never seem able to do with any kind of authority or enthusiasm.Fahrenheit 451 is the scariest book that has ever been written.I d be insane or dead if it weren t for books.



Comments Lavina

  • Judy Collins

    A special thank you to The Story Plant and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.Top 50 Books of 2015.Charming-Best Southern Gothic, infused with music, history, injustice.Loved, lovedeverything about LAVINA by Mary Marcus --beautifully crafted, from the stunning front cover, the well-developed characters, setting, plot, and remarkable storytelling. Marcus skillfully crafts and unveils the lives, layer by layer, of two families, rich and poor, black and white, past and present-- [...]


  • Carmen Blankenship

    Lavina took me a few chapters to really understand who was who but once I got it all straight I was able to invest emotionally. It really wasn't hard because Lavina is charged with emotion. Telling different perspectives and thoughts on the civil rights movements lent to a wide array of emotion. Where I believe Mary Marcus is genius is in the ability to balance such an intense time in history with humor and compassion. Lavina is book that I will definitely re-read in the future.Thank you Netgall [...]


  • Wanda

    Murpheysfield, Louisiana – 1960’s – There was much discrimination and racial tension during the civil rights era. The black women cleaned, cooked, and many times raised the children of affluent whites, as their own, before the days of civil rights and integration. The story demonstrates strong truths about racism during the era of Martin Luther King. This book is not just about race, but also the struggle to find one’s identity and to become accepted. There are strong themes of heartache [...]


  • Melanie Coombes

    Mary Jacobs is a young, white girl who was raised by her black nanny and housekeeper, Lavina. She lives in Louisiana during the early 1960s. The books goes back in forth from when Mary Jacobs was about twelve years old in 1963 and then it goes back to the 1990s when Mary Jacobs is about 40 years old. We also flip from Mary Jacob to Billy Ray, who is the 15 year old son of Lavina. A few chapters are also told from the view point of Lavina, who we learn right away has died during that 1960 time fr [...]


  • Carol

    I received an ARC of Lavina from the author in exchange for an honest review. This book met the standard of excellence as did Kitchen House! Set in mostly in 1960s in Louisiana, this brought up my own feelings and experiences of that time even though I grew up in Indiana.The characters are richly drawn and I fell for Lavina, the hired and vastly underpaid and underappreciated cook and housekeeper. She knew the true meaning of mother love. She was generous to Mary Jacob unconditionally. In 1957, [...]


  • Ashley Farley

    Lavina is a strange book, one step shy of Southern gothic, although some may say it easily fits the criteria for the genre. If you are a fan of Southern literature, this one is a #mustread for your summer TBR list. The cast of eccentric characters will hold you captive on a dark journey through the deep South in the unsettled days of the Civil Rights Movement in 1960s.Mary Jacob hasn’t been home to Louisiana in more than two decades. When she returns to Murpheysfield to visit her estranged fat [...]


  • Jayne Burnett

    Thanks to Net Galley & Story Plant for allowing me to read this book in exchange for an honest review. A brilliant story from start to finish. I loved the way the book is narrated by the three main characters - Lavina, Mary Jacob & Billy Ray. Lavina is the maid & housekeeper in the Long big house. Mary Jacob is the youngest child of Jack Long & his wife is sick & spends her days in bed. Lavina does everything a mother does for Mary Jacob & Mary Jacob loves Lavina & th [...]


  • Cindy

    Set in Louisiana during the Civil Rights movement, this story revolves around black women raising white children and two children in particular. The title character is biological mother to one and raised the other. All the characters, dads, sisters, girlfriends, etc. are well done and jump off the page. The situations ring true, especially to someone who was raised during the tail end of that era. You won’t regret picking up this one. Received free copy for review.


  • Kaye

    Mary Marcus' "Lavina" is a portrait of the shame of the times when Martin Luther King, Jr. was fighting to bring dignity and basic human rights to black citizens. It's a stirring novel of courage and heartbreak.Sadly, as reading this beautifully written book, I paused to wonder just how far we've truly come.I can't recommend this novel highly enough. If there were 10 stars available to give, that's what I'd give it.


  • Elizabeth

    An enjoyable look back on the south in the 1960's. No families were perfect. No society is perfect for ever caste. Sometimes a marker to show progress is in need. This is such a marker. Anyone interested in history will be interested in this book.


  • Fran

    Lavina: Mary Marcus Mary Jacob lived her life in the shadow of others. Whether she was with her father and sister or a family friend she never really accepted herself for who she was. Always trying like her sister, pleasing her father, but not always succeeding, Mary Jacob lived in the dark path of others never really finding her own light. Now, many years later she reenters her father’s home to help care for him in his final days. Their relationship seems odd at times and even strained as her [...]


  • Viviane Crystal

    It takes a while to figure out who’s who in this richly nuanced novel depicting the civil rights struggle. Mary Marcus is a believer in those who march for the cause because of the intimate relationship she had with Lavina, the black woman who cooked for the Marcus family. Now Mary has returned to a father who is obviously terminally ill and a sister who is just downright mean. Lavina’s son is the famous Billy Ray Davis, the harmonica player of musical legend, but his life is a sad outcome o [...]


  • Penny Schmuecker

    Let me first say that I loved this book. I was thoroughly invested in the characters and the author painted an accurate picture of the turbulent South in 1963. The story begins with Mary Jacob, in her 40's, flying back home to Louisiana at the request of her sister to help with the care of her father in his final days. At the same time, we are introduced to Billy Ray, who also left Louisiana many years before to become a successful musician, but whose best days are perhaps, over. Mary Jacob and [...]


  • Emily

    Lavina tells the 1990s present day of the characters but the bulk is what happened back one hot summer in the 1960s. Mary Jacob is summoned home by her sister Kathryn because Big Daddy Jack Long is dying and wants to see his youngest daughter again. Mary Jacob doesn't really remember much of her youth before she was shipped off to boarding school. She does remember the hatred she has for her father and the tumultuous relationship with her vain older sister.Shortly after returning home to Louisia [...]


  • Mom

    An entertaining and thoughtful story that I couldn't put down. Set in Louisiana in the tumultuous 60's, the happenings of one eventful summer are told through three characters' voices:Mary Jacob, raised in the South in the 60's, grew up a privileged white child. Now living in the North, estranged from her harsh bigoted father, she reluctantly returns to her hometown when he becomes critically ill. Lavina, the black woman who cared for and nurtured Mary Jacob, is deceased and speaks to us from th [...]


  • Victoria Brinius

    This was a very good story about Louisiana during such a difficult time in History. Not only does Mary live through the civil rights movement, but she also got to live during a musical revolution. However this book is about so much more. There are people not willing to embrace the ways of the future, and they get stuck in the past. The characters deal with different races and income levels. Mary is used to her life in New York, but when she travels back to her home town she realizes that she lef [...]


  • Jo Barton

    Set in the USA in turbulent years between the 1960s and the 1990s, Lavina explores the differences, not just between the wealth and social status of society but also of those who find themselves ostracised because of the colour of their skin. Whilst this is not a period of American history of which I am familiar, however, the author is clearly writing about what she knows and this is evident in the way the story is allowed to evolve in a slow and considered way. The characters are authentic with [...]


  • Kelly

    This book meandered around a lot. Maybe since I read it as a bedtime story, I just couldn't stay focused and there wasn't much of a real plot. Outlines the relationship between a well-to-do white child and her father's black maid (Lavina) during the early days of Martin Luther King's campaign. Since Lavina was more like a mother to the child than the real mother, and since she had a son of her own, the interaction among the three main characters was painful and sad, but came to no reasonable clo [...]


  • AlmaRamos-McDermott

    Mary Jacob barely remembers her life before she was 13, growing up in Murpheysfield, Louisiana. She is shocked when her older sister calls to say her dad is dying and wants to see her, as she hasn’t spoken to either of them in years. Despite her misgivings she decides to return home, where she is soon forced to face memories she has tried so hard to forget. Read the rest of the review on my blog: shouldireaditornot.wordpress.


  • Carol

    Liked the voice of Lavina best. She is the character full of giving, able to love a child not her own. It often seems that life is harshest and cruelest to the most genuine and best people. I kept holding out higher hopes for the book and the ending seemed slow and a little weak. All in all it was a pleasant read if not compelling. It tells of a sad chapter in our country's history and the people and their grandchildren are still suffering its effects today.


  • Shawna

    ARC provided by NetGalley:This is a good story, one that meshes the tumultuous 1960s with the less-so present day. It connects the story of Mary Jacob, a privileged white child, with the story of Lavina, a black woman who worked for her family. The basic story was great, and the characters were relatable and likable. The build-up to the mystery of the story was a bit slow but worth reading for.


  • Cheryl

    This is actually a four star book--amazing writing (the story is told by three different characters, and the story flowed without confusion)--realistic and heart-wrenching in places. I had to deduct a star because the sadness was just so great. If you enjoy reading stories set in the Civil Rights era, you'll want to read Lavina.


  • Paige

    There are not enough words to describe how much I enjoyed this book. Such descriptive and specific character thoughts given to towards the hostile discrimination and racial tension in the deep South during the civil rights era.


  • Gail

    I received this book as a give away in exchange for an honest review. I wanted to love it like I did with The Kitchen House and The Help, but I just couldn't get there. I feel the storyline has been overdone and the characters are cliches. It missed the mark in my opinion.


  • K

    I tried, I really did, and while I was taken with Mary Jacob's narrative, finding her fresh and funny and real, once we switched to Billy Ray, I found the writing, particularly the dialogue, to be trite and cliched. Life's too shortP.S. Thanks to Edelweiss and NetGalley for the ARCs.


  • Amber

    Ugh. Reading this was difficult. Sometimes the writing was wonderful and other times so pointless and boring I wondered if I really wanted to find out what happened. I plowed though and finished, although I can't say the ending was all that great.


  • Anna

    I really enjoyed this book- 3 different viewpoints, all so varied. Kind of like a more "real" To Kill A Mockingbird. The writing is fast, merciless really towards almost all characters, and felt very authentic.


  • Paula

    Very good southern read.


  • Suzanne

    This is the best book I've read this year. Read it!


  • Joan Schulhafer

    Mary Marcus tells a wonderful story, capturing time and place as she takes us back and forth in time with her fully fledged characters.


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