Monday, April 30, 2012
NO-NAME BABY by Nancy Bo Flood
The time is 1932. Sophie's mama is about to have a baby. And her track record isn't so good. 3 crude gravestones in the field are proof of that. The family has 3 no name babies already!
Mama's sister, Aunt Rae, who has just arrived from Chicago, seems intent on making life miserable for Sophie. Their relationship has always been bristly but when Mama goes into labor prematurely the tension between Sophie and her aunt increases. Nonna (the grandmother who lives with Mama, Papa and Sophie.) safely delivers the baby but there are enough setbacks to crank up the stress level for both the reader and for the household.
But the real conflict is in Sophie's relationship with her Aunt Rae. At times, Aunt Rae actually opens up to Sophie about herself and how she lost her sweetheart to The Great War. But then, she slips back into her bossy, overbearing ways. She seems annoyed and even threatened by Sophie's special friendship with Karl, a neighbor boy. Sophie is ready for Aunt Rae to go home and leave her alone.
Instead she learns that Aunt Rae is the key to unlocking family secrets. And that's when things get complicated...
Nancy Bo Flood is the author of numerous books that reflect various cultures and world views. I'm lucky enough to have in my possession a copy of her WWII novel, Warriors in the Crossfire. I'm eager to move on to that! I'll give you a little preview when I'm done.