I have never reviewed a fiction book here but when I was asked if I wanted a copy of The Funeral Dress by Susan Gregg Gilmore I couldn’t turn it down after reading some of the reviews on Goodreads.
Besides, it WAS about sewing a dress, right?
Well, kind of.
The main character, Emmalee, is a young unwed mother who lives with her alcoholic, abusive father in abject poverty. Emmalee’s mother died when she was very young so not only does she not have the resources to care for her baby, mostly because her father turns all help away, she is helplessly ill equipped to be a mother.
It’s certainly true that I’m a sucker for a story where women pull together as a community to help one another. And I’m also a sucker for a story where the underdog comes out on top.
What I didn’t expect was to know some of these people. When I was in the middle of sixth grade my parents packed us up and moved from Ohio to West Virginia. I swear I didn’t talk to them for WEEKS! I was so upset. And while I never did feel like I fit in there I do have respect for the people I’ve known. People who work really hard to raise families and would do anything to help a neighbor.
I wish there had been more in the book about how Emmalee actually made the dress and the details of her work but the story is a good one. I found myself wondering how in the world she was going to get out of the mess she was in and make a life for herself and her child. It’s definitely one that will tug at your heartstrings.
So while it’s not crafty it’s definitely worth picking up.
Here are some details about the book:
- Paper Back
- 368 Pages
- Also available for Kindle
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