KATRINA WILLIAMS PARKER'S "MISSUS BUCK" (A REVIEW)
Once again I was transported back to a time when people lived in a state of desperation and none felt it so keenly as those in slavery. In this story you're reminded just how harshly human beings were treated in those times and how society spurned them on a daily basis only seeking to make their lives much harder than necessary. The sense of desperation comes from the desire to change your circumstances and try to live a more comfortable life by ridding yourself of the one thing that makes it hardest on you. This desire sometimes moves good people to do things they never would have done otherwise.
Katrina Williams Parker writes with such a vividness that you can see the characters and sympathize with them as they go through their individual trials. "Missus Buck," is a wonderful short story with a macabre ending that is surprising in its supreme justice. I am looking forward to when Katrina writes a full length novel!
-Kitty Bullard / Great Minds Think Aloud Book Club