In November, Twisted Sisters Book Club read On Agate Hill by Lee Smith. The story of Molly Petree is brought to life through Molly’s journal, letters, newspaper clippings, and court records found in an old plantation that is being restored, Agate Hill. Molly’s tale begins at thirteen, in the aftermath of the Civil War. She is orphaned, her father and 2 brothers died in the civil war and her mother died in childbirth, and Molly is sent to live with relatives on the North Carolina plantation, Agate Hill. The first part of the story is told as a series of diary entries made by Molly while she lived on the plantation. The story of Molly continues into the early twentieth century; carried on by letters and other items found long abandoned in the house. It’s a broad story of life in the south after the civil war. We found the story difficult to get into as it is told in diary fashion. This is the first of Ms. Smith’s books to be written this way. We didn’t find it as enjoyable as other of Lee Smith’s books. Depending on the style of writing you prefer though, you may want to check it out. This book is available in the church library. Book club will be on hiatus for a while, until we all have time to get back together! We will keep you posted on when book club resumes.
You don’t have to be a “sister”, we happily accept brothers.