My Mother’s Southern Jewels is a candid, yet poignant, collection of short stories, each centering around the life of a person with a ‘jewel’ of a name. Each story examines the life, and subsequent death, of the jewels.
The stories begin with an obituary, which would seem an odd approach, but these are also written with such tenderness, they don’t seem jarring or out of place.
Cook-Wilson’s writing voice beautifully and lyrically captures the individuals and their points of view. One can almost hear her voice gently caressing them. She uses different points of view and voice to characterize the narrator of the story, bringing the individuals to life, before laying them to rest.
I loved this book! I laughed and cried throughout. Each tale stands alone, but they all come together to form one gem of a collection.
Five Golden Acorns
© Dellani Oakes